Father Pilaczynski served St. Thomas Academy many years

| September 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

Father John Pilaczynski of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a longtime priest and educator at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, died Aug. 27 in San Antonio, Texas, at age 84.

Born in Tracy on Feb. 8, 1932, Father Pilaczynski served as priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate for 58 years. He was ordained May 25, 1958, in Pine Hills, Mississippi.

Father Pilaczynski returned to Minnesota as a priest and began teaching theology at STA in 1973. He also served as the audio-visual director and temporary music instructor.

Upon retirement from STA in 1997, Father Pilaczynski remained involved after an invitation to return in 2002. STA recognized Father Pilaczynski in 2015 with an award renamed in his honor, The Father John Pilaczynski Christian Service Award. Father Pilaczynski gave the certificates to the award winners at the May 7 ceremony last year.

Besides STA, Father Pilaczynski often offered Mass at Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Minneapolis. He served in Minnesota for more than 30 years.

Father Pilaczynski taught as a professor many places including then College of St. Thomas (now university) in St. Paul; St. Henry’s Seminary in Belleville, Illinois, and Our Lady of the Ozarks College in Carthage, Missouri. He held a master’s of education from the College of St. Thomas and doctorate from St. Louis University.

A funeral Mass was Sept. 2 at the Oblate Madonna Residence Chapel in San Antonio. Internment is in the Oblate Cemetery.

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