Cabrini’s Director of Campus Ministry and Chaplain, Father Carl F. Janicki, will leave his post on July 7, after 10 years of service to the University. Father Janicki will take over as Parochial Administrator for Saint Genevieve Parish in Flourtown, PA, on July 8, a role to which he was appointed by Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Pérez.
Cabrini University and its foundational Education of the Heart are stronger today because of Father Carl and his dedication to student engagement, student empowerment, student ownership, and student leadership,” said Cabrini President, Donald B. Taylor, PhD. “Father Carl has been an essential champion of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini’s founding vision for the institution. We pray for continued success and good fortune in the next chapter of his journey.”
Since 2009, Father Janicki served as the sole priest on campus, providing daily spiritual guidance to students, faculty, and staff at Cabrini’s Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of Saint Joseph. He has also created and overseen a range of liturgical programming and service retreats designed to engage students of all faiths and backgrounds.
Father Janicki’s relationships with neighboring archdioceses connected Cabrini students with many global opportunities during his tenure, including international pilgrimages to Krakow, Poland, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day. During Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia in 2015, Father Carl coordinated Cabrini’s participation in the World Meeting of Families, ensuring students served in various volunteer positions for the occasion.
“I came to Cabrini with an open mind and open heart,” Father Janicki said in a statement. “I leave Cabrini with my heart and mind filled by your goodness and blessing which will continue to enrich my life and the lives of those I serve. I am grateful for the time we spent together and for the service we rendered to those most in need locally, nationally, and globally.”
An event honoring Father Janicki will be held when it is safe to do so in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. The University will announce more details on the appointment of its next Director of Campus Ministry and Chaplain later this summer.