Tadeusz Grenda was born in 1956 in Poland. Called by the Lord when he was 19 years old, he joined the Society of the Divine Word. He started his missionary formation in the mission seminary of Saint Adalbert in Pieniężno. After six years he took his final vows of chastity, poverty and obedience for the mission of Christ and was ordained a deacon. The following year, on 18 April 1982 he was ordained a priest.
After his ordination Fr. Tadeusz was sent to the mission in Botswana where he worked for 4 years. He moved to Zimbabwe in 1988.
He served as parish priest of Catholic communities in Tshabalala, Nketa, and Nkulumane, later as acting parish priest in Waterford. He became a vicar general of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo for years 1998-2007.
Fr. Tadeusz also served as a spiritual director for the lay associations of Saint Ann, Sodality of Our Lady and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
He was a superior of all the Divine Word Missionaries in Zimbabwe from 2008 to 2017. Afterwards he was given responsibility as a treasurer of SVD in Zimbabwe.
At the present time he takes care of the Catholic Book Centre in Bulawayo and helps to develop a new Catholic mission in Matopos area.
Father Tadeusz enjoys his hobbies – fishing, pigeon racing, reading, and repairing of all sorts of things. He is a loyal fan of the Liverpool Football Club and a devoted follower of the Divine Mercy, his favourite expression of the love of Jesus Christ.
The Bible verses that has been inspiring Fr. Tadeusz throughout his life are John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” and Philippians 4:13 – “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”
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