Oblate Spotlight: Father Richard Sudlik , OMI


Father Richard Sudlik, OMI


Richard Sudlik, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, was born in Buffalo, New York on June 4, 1945. He was baptized in the former Queen of the Most Holy Rosary church.

He professed his final vows in 1969. Father Sudlik was ordained on May 20, 1972 in Washington, D.C.

Father Sudlik attended Bishop Fallon high school in Buffalo and graduated in 1963. He completed seminary training at the former Our Lady of Hope minor seminary in Newburgh, New York. Father Sudlik completed his novitiate in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He also completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology at the Oblate College in Washington, D.C., (which is now home of the provincial residence). Additionally, Father Sudlik holds a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland, in Baltimore.

Father Sudlik has a diverse history of ministerial roles with the Oblates. He began working as an assistant at St. Stephen’s church in Miramar, Florida from 1972 until 1977. In 1977, he became co-pastor as the Sacred Heart Church in Princeton, Virginia. He remained there until 1981. After his time in Princeton, Father Sudlik became the Vocations director for the Eastern Province in Washington, D.C. in 1981. He also became the formation director over the seminarians in Washington, D.C. Father Sudlik remained there for a total of eight years, until 1989.

In 1989, Father Sudlik became the pastor of St. Jude’s church in Sumpter, South Carolina until 1993. In 1993, he relocated to the Miami, Florida area where he was pastor of Holy Redeemer church until 2001. In 1999, Father Sudlik was also given the position of area counselor for the southeast area of the United States province. In 2001, he became the provincial counselor for the area of Miramar. During his time as provincial counselor, he did a large amount of retreat work and preached to the Oblates in Japan. He resided in the Joseph Gerard novitiate house until 2005. In 2005, Father Sudlik served as the provincial counselor for both the Northeast and Southeast US areas until 2011.

Father Sudlik is currently the director of the Bishop Fallon Community in his hometown of Buffalo.

He enjoys keeping up with current events, especially politics. Father Sudlik is well-known amongst fellow Oblates as an avid golfer, a passion of his.

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