Just after Christmas Day, Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, was fired without cause. The Catholic Register carries the story.
Dr. Cichocki has devoted his life to ensuring that the musical and artistic legacy of the great Mgr. John Edward Ronan be carried forward. Dr. Cichocki has managed to preserve and build on the school's devotion to Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.
The unjust dismissal has not gone unnoticed in Canada and across the world. One immediate sad result of this was that there was no music in St. Michael's Cathedral for the Feast of the Epiphany. How tragic, how sad. How brutal to fire a person with no cause over Christmas!
There is an online Petition to get Dr. Cichocki reinstated. I encourage all readers to sign immediately. To sign, please visit here.
The person who has the authority to rehire Dr. Cichocki is Thomas Cardinal Collins. According to the Catholic Register, the Cardinal supports the school Administration regarding Dr. Cichocki's dismissal.
Please contact His Eminence and politely and respectfully ask the Cardinal to intervene to save this good and accomplished man's position at the Choir School.
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins
1155 Yonge St. Toronto M4T 1W2
tel: (416) 934-0606 ext. 609