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Fr Emil Tokarz

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Fr Emil Tokarz

Birth
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death
30 Jan 1971 (aged 61)
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial
Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, Michigan, USA GPS-Latitude: 42.3409806, Longitude: -83.2699125
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Fr. Emil Tokarz, OFM Conv., son of Valentine and Catherine (Mondro) Tokarz, was born on March 22, 1909, in Detroit, MI. He attended St. Hedwig School and received his secondary education at St. Bonaventure H.S., Sturtevant, WI.
Revealing his intentions of becoming a Franciscan priest, he entered the Conventuals of the Province of St. Anthony of Padua and was sent to Buffalo, NY. There, in the Friary of St. Anthony of Padua, he began his first year of indoctrination in Franciscanism and professed his simple vows on August 22, 1926. He was then sent to St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, MA, for his philosophical and theological studies. During his theology year, on August 29, 1929, he professed his solemn vows. In the Seminary Chapel, on June 21, 1931, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, Bishop of Springfield, MA.
Fr. Emil's Franciscan ministry as a Priest was totally focused on the parochial apostolate. His first assignment carried him to St. Stanislaus, Bishop-Martyr, Church, Chicopee, MA, as an assistant pastor. While there, he became a versatile "fund raiser." The parishioners came to know him as a priest with a "perpetual attaché," with tickets for various socials and raffles. He successfully sponsored the Parish Oplatek and Jaselka, a Christmas Pageant by the School children. In addition, he headed the publication of a Souvenir Book for the occasion the netted a profit. In 1942, he was assigned to Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo, NY, where he served as an assistant pastor then vicar of the Friary, and finally as pastor. While serving as an assistant in the parish, he was chosen to serve the diocesan parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Cheektowaga, NY, until the appointment of a diocesan pastor.
In 1957, Fr. Emil was appointed to the pastorate of St. Hedwig Church, New Bedford, MA. At the very outset of his administration, he brought the long delayed construction of the church into a reality. In June of 1959, he purchased a vacant public school on South Second Street and Acushnet Avenue from the City as the site of the new church. After the demolition of the abandoned school, the beautiful church of St. Hedwig rose. When the new church was dedicated on November 12, 1961, there was no debt from its construction. From 1963 until 1969, Fr. Emil was assigned as Pastor of mater Dolorosa Church, Holyoke, MA. Assuming the new responsibility of his parish, Fr. Emil was well aware that the parishioners were struggling with a major problem, the liquidation of the parish debt, resulting from the erection of the new school. As in the past he sponsored fund raising socials that in time resulted in the eradication of the debt. In 1969, he was transferred to Buffalo, NY, to serve as pastor of Corpus Christi Church. The assignment was of a short duration for on January 30, 1971, he suffered a heart attack in the 62nd year of his age, 45th of his Profession and 39th of his Priesthood.
Concelebrated Masses were celebrated at the Church of Corpus Christi, Buffalo, NY, and at his native parish church, St. Hedwig, Detroit, MI. The mortal remains were interred in the parish cemetery of St. Hedwig, Dearborn Heights, MI.
Fr. Emil Tokarz, OFM Conv., son of Valentine and Catherine (Mondro) Tokarz, was born on March 22, 1909, in Detroit, MI. He attended St. Hedwig School and received his secondary education at St. Bonaventure H.S., Sturtevant, WI.
Revealing his intentions of becoming a Franciscan priest, he entered the Conventuals of the Province of St. Anthony of Padua and was sent to Buffalo, NY. There, in the Friary of St. Anthony of Padua, he began his first year of indoctrination in Franciscanism and professed his simple vows on August 22, 1926. He was then sent to St. Hyacinth Seminary, Granby, MA, for his philosophical and theological studies. During his theology year, on August 29, 1929, he professed his solemn vows. In the Seminary Chapel, on June 21, 1931, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by the Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, Bishop of Springfield, MA.
Fr. Emil's Franciscan ministry as a Priest was totally focused on the parochial apostolate. His first assignment carried him to St. Stanislaus, Bishop-Martyr, Church, Chicopee, MA, as an assistant pastor. While there, he became a versatile "fund raiser." The parishioners came to know him as a priest with a "perpetual attaché," with tickets for various socials and raffles. He successfully sponsored the Parish Oplatek and Jaselka, a Christmas Pageant by the School children. In addition, he headed the publication of a Souvenir Book for the occasion the netted a profit. In 1942, he was assigned to Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo, NY, where he served as an assistant pastor then vicar of the Friary, and finally as pastor. While serving as an assistant in the parish, he was chosen to serve the diocesan parish of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Cheektowaga, NY, until the appointment of a diocesan pastor.
In 1957, Fr. Emil was appointed to the pastorate of St. Hedwig Church, New Bedford, MA. At the very outset of his administration, he brought the long delayed construction of the church into a reality. In June of 1959, he purchased a vacant public school on South Second Street and Acushnet Avenue from the City as the site of the new church. After the demolition of the abandoned school, the beautiful church of St. Hedwig rose. When the new church was dedicated on November 12, 1961, there was no debt from its construction. From 1963 until 1969, Fr. Emil was assigned as Pastor of mater Dolorosa Church, Holyoke, MA. Assuming the new responsibility of his parish, Fr. Emil was well aware that the parishioners were struggling with a major problem, the liquidation of the parish debt, resulting from the erection of the new school. As in the past he sponsored fund raising socials that in time resulted in the eradication of the debt. In 1969, he was transferred to Buffalo, NY, to serve as pastor of Corpus Christi Church. The assignment was of a short duration for on January 30, 1971, he suffered a heart attack in the 62nd year of his age, 45th of his Profession and 39th of his Priesthood.
Concelebrated Masses were celebrated at the Church of Corpus Christi, Buffalo, NY, and at his native parish church, St. Hedwig, Detroit, MI. The mortal remains were interred in the parish cemetery of St. Hedwig, Dearborn Heights, MI.

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Ordained in 1932

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Conventual Franciscan priest


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21457345/emil-tokarz: accessed ), memorial page for Fr Emil Tokarz (22 Mar 1909–30 Jan 1971), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21457345, citing Saint Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights, Wayne County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46479851).