ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, MSGR. JOSEPH LEO MROCZKOWSKI, DIES
Pastor Emeritus of St. Turibius Parish in Chicago
Chicago, IL (November 27, 2013) – Reverend Monsignor Joseph Leo Mroczkowski, died on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Albertine Home in Hammond, Indiana. He was 96 years old.
Msgr. Mroczkowski was born in Chicago and attended St. Michael School. He graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary and from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. Samuel Cardinal Stritch, then Archbishop of Chicago, ordained Msgr. Mroczkowski on May 2, 1942. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from St. Mary of the Lake and held his Magisterium in Gregorian chant from the Pontificio Istituto della Musica Sacra in Rome. His first assignment was at St. Mary of Perpetual Help in Chicago where he served as assistant pastor from 1942 to 1949.
Msgr. Mroczkowski was professor of music and Gregorian chant at Quigley Preparatory Seminary from 1953 until 1967 and served as assistant pastor at St. Mary of the Lake Parish from 1953 to 1963 and Holy Name Cathedral from 1963 until 1967. He then served as pastor at St. Turibius Parish in Chicago from 1967 until his retirement in 1986 when he was named Pastor Emeritus.
Msgr. Mroczkowski served as executive secretary of the Sacred Music Commission, secretary of the Pueri Cantores and director of the Cathedral Choristers. He was named Papal Chamberlain by Pope Paul VI in December of 1963.
Most Rev. Francis J. Kane, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who was a student in Msgr. Mroczkowski's Chant Choir at Quigley Seminary, remarked, “His life's work was dedicated to sacred music and the liturgy.”
A longtime friend, Rev. Steve Gibson, pastor of St. Mary Parish in East Chicago, Indiana, near the Albertine Home where Msgr. Mroczkowski resided, recalled that the Monsignor taught his two older brothers music while they were at Quigley Preparatory Seminary. “He was a faithful priest until the day he died,” said Fr. Gibson. “He never stopped working for his Church and continued to do charity work at a soup kitchen not too far from the Albertine.”
Visitation for Msgr. Mroczkowski will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday, December 1, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 768 Lincoln Avenue in Calumet City. Most. Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Msgr. Mroczkowski at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 2, at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. Rev. Steve Gibson, pastor of St. Mary Parish in East Chicago, Indiana, will be the homilist. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City.
Msgr. Mroczkowski is survived by his sister, Mary Lewandowski.