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Rev Sebastian Kolinovsky
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1919
Ohio, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 2011
Lackawanna County
Pennsylvania, USA


Rev. Sebastian Kolinovsky

The Rev. Sebastian Kolinovsky, C.P., 92, a Passionist priest of St. Ann's Shrine Basilica, Scranton, died Monday after a long illness. He resided at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home, Elmhurst, for the past four years.

Father Sebastian was born Joseph M. Kolinovsky in Harryette, Ohio, the son of the late John and Barbara Podracky Kolinovsky. He grew up in Taylor and was a member of St. John's Parish. He attended Taylor High School and graduated from Scranton Central High School. He joined the Passionists in 1942 and received his early education in the Passionists at Holy Cross Preparatory School, Dunkirk, N.Y. He professed his vows in 1945 and, after studying theology in various Passionist Monasteries, Father Sebastian was ordained a priest by the Most Rev. James McNulty at St. Michael's Monastery, Union City, N.J., on Feb. 27, 1951.

Father Sebastian's first 10 years of priesthood were spent preaching missions, novenas and retreats both in Slovak and English. He served as assistant superior of St. Joseph's Monastery, Baltimore, from 1962-1968 and was rector of Cardinal Spellman Retreat House, Riverdale, N.Y. from 1968-1978. Father Sebastian was the mission procurator for the Passionists from 1971-2004. He worked out of the Passionist Community of St. Michael's residence from 1978-2004. He moved to St. Ann's Monastery Scranton in 2004.

An amiable and gracious man, Father Sebastian as mission procurator and fundraiser for the Passionists Overseas Missions, spent many hours at his desk writing personal letters of acknowledgement to benefactors, offering condolences to the bereaved, encouraging the sick, caring for the unemployed and those weighed down by life's burdens and establishing long lasting bonds with many of the people who supported the Passionist missions.

During his time at St. Mary's Villa Residence Father Sebastian enjoyed the company of the other residents and staff. His family and Passionist community are very grateful for the care and love they gave to Father Sebastian during these last years, especially the staff at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home who cared for him with great devotion.

Father Sebastian is survived by a sister, Madeline Yarima, Scranton; a brother John, Milton, Fla.; a brother Clement, Scranton; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Ann Vierchinski and Mary Tremko.

Father Sebastian's body will be received at St. Ann's Shrine Basilica on Thursday, at 2 p.m. His body will lie in repose for viewing until 7:30. This will be followed by a vigil service, led by the Very Rev. James Price, C.P., rector. A viewing will also take place on Friday morning from 9 to 10. Funeral Mass will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ann's, celebrated by the Very. Rev. Robert Joerger, C.P., Passionist Provincial. Burial will follow at St. Ann's Monastery Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton. Any memorial contributions may be made in Father Sebastian's name to St. Ann's Shrine Basilica, 1233 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504.

SOURCE: The Scranton Times, Scranton, PA

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

REPOSITORY: ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985)

Cause of Death:
Place of Death: St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home
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Date of Burial: Friday, December 2, 2011
Family links: 
  John Kolinovsky (1893 - 1968)
  Barbara C Podracky Kolinovsky (1898 - 1991)
  Sebastian Kolinovsky (1919 - 2011)
  Ann Kolinovsky Vierchinski (1927 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
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Saint Anns Cemetery
Lackawanna County
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Created by: Barbara Smeton Jones
Record added: Nov 30, 2011
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