RETIRED PASTOR OF LEMONT PARISH, FR. RICHARD JOZWIAK, DIES
Served Several Polish Parishes in the Archdiocese
Chicago, IL (March 14, 2005) – Fr. Richard Marion Jozwiak, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 53 years and pastor for 18 years at SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish in Lemont, died Friday, March 11, following a stroke at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. He was 83 years old and was living in Frankfort.
A Chicago native, Fr. Jozwiak was ordained in 1948, following studies at Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.
Fr. Jozwiak was fluent in Polish, the language of his parents, and served in several parishes with significant Polish populations. His first assignment was as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish on East 88th St. in Chicago, where he served for seven years beginning in 1948.
For three years, from 1955 to 1958, he was the assistant pastor at St. Florian Parish on the southeast side. He began an eight-year term as assistant pastor at Five Holy Martyrs Parish on Chicago’s southwest side in 1958, followed by an eight-year term as assistant pastor at St. John of God Parish, a parish formerly located on west 52nd St. in Chicago that is now closed.
Fr. Jozwiak was named pastor of SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish in Lemont in 1974 and served there until his retirement in 1992. He was then named pastor emeritus of that parish.
He was particularly supportive of young people and throughout his ministry he expressed that support by creating youth clubs in the parishes where he served. Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thad Jakubowski described Fr. Jozwiak as a priest dedicated and faithful to whatever duties he was asked to perform.
Visitation for Fr. Jozwiak will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at Markiewicz Funeral Home, 108 E. Illinois St., Lemont and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, 608 Sobieski St., Lemont.
Bishop Jakubowski will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Jozwiak at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18. Fr. Bronislaw Chmiel, pastor of St. Pancratius Parish and former associate pastor with Fr. Jozwiak at SS. Cyril & Methodius, will deliver the homily. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.
Fr. Jozwiak was one of five sons of Stanley and Laura Jozwiak. All of Fr. Jozwiak’s brothers preceded him in death.