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Fr Gerard Maciejewski

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Fr Gerard Maciejewski

Birth
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death
31 Jul 1998 (aged 66)
Elmhurst, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial
Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA Add to Map
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"Father Gerry" was born in Buffalo, NY on May 25, 1932. A native son of St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, he received his elementary education at the parish school. He came to know the Friars as a student at Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo. After his graduation from Bishop Ryan, in August 1950, he entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscan Friars at Becket, MA. At the end of the novitiate year, he made his first profession of vows on August 15, 1951.
After philosophy studies at St. Joseph Cupertino Seminary in Ellicott City, MD, Fr. Gerard completed his undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. While a student at St. Joseph Cupertino, he made his solemn vows on August 15, 1954. Fr. Gerard did his theological studies at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, MA and was ordained on May 23, 1959. His first assignment was to St. Stanislaus Church in Trenton, NJ. After 7 years as an associate pastor, his desire to be a foreign missionary became a reality. Invested with the missionary's cross on September 11, 1966, Fr. Gerard was assigned to study Japanese in Tokyo in preparation for his assignment to the Islands of Amami Oshima. However, poor health forced Fr. Gerard to return to the States. Briefly serving as a preaching friar on what was known as the Province's Mission Band, Fr. Gerard served on the faculty of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY for 3 years. On March 9, 1971, he was appointed Director of the Franciscan Mission Association in Granby, MA. This appointment gave him the opportunity to be involved in the work of the missions. During his tenure, he expanded the scope and operation of the F.M.A. He traveled extensively and preached on behalf of the missions. In the summer of 1976, at the request of the Minister General of the Order, Fr. Gerard joined a team of Friars who visited Ghana, West Africa to investigate the possibility of establishing a Conventual Franciscan presence. Upon his recommendation, the Province of St. Anthony of Padua opened a mission in Ghana in 1976. For the next 3 years, he worked tirelessly to provide for the Friars and to provide what the Friars in Ghana needed to respond to the needs of the Ghanain people. Elected at the Ordinary Provincial Chapter of 1979 as Treasurer of the Province, Fr. Gerard was not a numbers-figure person, rather his gift was to be with people. After only a few months as Treasurer, he was assigned as associate pastor for Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury, CT. In 1982, he was selected to serve as Guardian and Pastor for St. Anthony of Padua Church in Willimansett, MA. Subsequently, in 1988, he became a parochial vicar for Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo; and in 1991, he became the parochial vicar for St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea, MA. With the departure of the Friars from the Parish in Chelsea in 1996, Fr. Gerard was assigned to St. Adalbert Church in Elmhurst, NY. In the afternoon of July 31, 1998, after a rapid metastasizing of prostate cancer, Fr. Gerard died at St. Adalbert Friary in the 67th year of his age, the 47th of year of his religious professing, and the 40th year of his priesthood. In his 47 years as a friar, people of 3 continents benefited from Fr. Gerard's zeal and untiring efforts to be of service. He was a humble, gentle, and dedicated friar who was always ready to open his heart and his hands. His easy smile and genuine warmth enabled him to relate easily to both young and old alike. Like St. Francis, Fr. Gerard's desire to spend his life in mission lands was thwarted. As with St. Francis, God found other ways to make him a witness to the Gospel and an instrument of peace. A Wake Service and Funeral Liturgy were celebrated for Fr. Gerard at St. Adalbert Parish in Elmhurst, NY. On August 8, 1998, the Mass of Christian Burial took place at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, NY. Fr. Gerard is buried in the Friars' Circle at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY (Circle 3, Line 3, Grave 24)

"Father Gerry" was born in Buffalo, NY on May 25, 1932. A native son of St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, he received his elementary education at the parish school. He came to know the Friars as a student at Bishop Ryan High School in Buffalo. After his graduation from Bishop Ryan, in August 1950, he entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscan Friars at Becket, MA. At the end of the novitiate year, he made his first profession of vows on August 15, 1951.
After philosophy studies at St. Joseph Cupertino Seminary in Ellicott City, MD, Fr. Gerard completed his undergraduate studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. While a student at St. Joseph Cupertino, he made his solemn vows on August 15, 1954. Fr. Gerard did his theological studies at St. Hyacinth Seminary in Granby, MA and was ordained on May 23, 1959. His first assignment was to St. Stanislaus Church in Trenton, NJ. After 7 years as an associate pastor, his desire to be a foreign missionary became a reality. Invested with the missionary's cross on September 11, 1966, Fr. Gerard was assigned to study Japanese in Tokyo in preparation for his assignment to the Islands of Amami Oshima. However, poor health forced Fr. Gerard to return to the States. Briefly serving as a preaching friar on what was known as the Province's Mission Band, Fr. Gerard served on the faculty of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, NY for 3 years. On March 9, 1971, he was appointed Director of the Franciscan Mission Association in Granby, MA. This appointment gave him the opportunity to be involved in the work of the missions. During his tenure, he expanded the scope and operation of the F.M.A. He traveled extensively and preached on behalf of the missions. In the summer of 1976, at the request of the Minister General of the Order, Fr. Gerard joined a team of Friars who visited Ghana, West Africa to investigate the possibility of establishing a Conventual Franciscan presence. Upon his recommendation, the Province of St. Anthony of Padua opened a mission in Ghana in 1976. For the next 3 years, he worked tirelessly to provide for the Friars and to provide what the Friars in Ghana needed to respond to the needs of the Ghanain people. Elected at the Ordinary Provincial Chapter of 1979 as Treasurer of the Province, Fr. Gerard was not a numbers-figure person, rather his gift was to be with people. After only a few months as Treasurer, he was assigned as associate pastor for Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Danbury, CT. In 1982, he was selected to serve as Guardian and Pastor for St. Anthony of Padua Church in Willimansett, MA. Subsequently, in 1988, he became a parochial vicar for Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo; and in 1991, he became the parochial vicar for St. Stanislaus Church in Chelsea, MA. With the departure of the Friars from the Parish in Chelsea in 1996, Fr. Gerard was assigned to St. Adalbert Church in Elmhurst, NY. In the afternoon of July 31, 1998, after a rapid metastasizing of prostate cancer, Fr. Gerard died at St. Adalbert Friary in the 67th year of his age, the 47th of year of his religious professing, and the 40th year of his priesthood. In his 47 years as a friar, people of 3 continents benefited from Fr. Gerard's zeal and untiring efforts to be of service. He was a humble, gentle, and dedicated friar who was always ready to open his heart and his hands. His easy smile and genuine warmth enabled him to relate easily to both young and old alike. Like St. Francis, Fr. Gerard's desire to spend his life in mission lands was thwarted. As with St. Francis, God found other ways to make him a witness to the Gospel and an instrument of peace. A Wake Service and Funeral Liturgy were celebrated for Fr. Gerard at St. Adalbert Parish in Elmhurst, NY. On August 8, 1998, the Mass of Christian Burial took place at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo, NY. Fr. Gerard is buried in the Friars' Circle at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY (Circle 3, Line 3, Grave 24)

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Conventual Franciscan priest


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21466175/gerard-maciejewski: accessed ), memorial page for Fr Gerard Maciejewski (25 May 1932–31 Jul 1998), Find a Grave Memorial ID 21466175, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46479851).