Fr Piotr Kruk OP is a Dominican priest supporting campus ministry at Western Sydney University in Parramatta and Campion College in Toongabbie.
Based now in St Joseph’s Parish, Kingswood, he was asked by his provincial in Poland to move to Australia to support young people in their faith formation.
To prepare for this giant undertaking, he was determined to learn how to play the didgeridoo and throw a boomerang to be able to relate to the young people. Unbeknown to him, his didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing skills weren’t as common as he had been led to believe.
“I thought everyone knew how to play the didgeridoo!” Fr Piotr said with a laugh.
“I left my proper didgeridoo in Poland because I thought I wouldn’t need it. I thought to myself, you don’t take your own wood to the forest.”
“But I had always been interested in Aboriginal culture long before I was called to Australia and so I found a way around the fact I didn’t have my didgeridoo.”
Fr Piotr took a trip to his local Bunnings Warehouse and built his own makeshift didgeridoo out of pipes.
His Dominican Brothers, parishioners, and friends rallied together to help him buy a didgeridoo. The recording is with his “new, beautiful, and professional” didgeridoo.
(image source Diocese of Parramatta)
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