Fr. Stanislaus Tarnowski, OFM Conv., was born on March 27, 1871, in Charnikow, Poland. His elementary and secondary education were in Poland. Encouraged by his uncle, Fr. Hyacinth Fudzinski, Fr. Stanislaus entered the Conventual Franciscans in Rome, Italy, affiliating himself to the Immaculate Conception Province in America. He professed his simple vows of obedience, chastity and poverty in Rome, on November 16, 1888. His philosophical and theological studies were at the Seraphic College of St. Bonaventure, Rome, Italy and he was ordained to the priesthood on September 22, 1893. Shortly after his arrival in the United States, Fr. Stanislaus was appointed Master of Novices in the Immaculate Conception Province. After that assignment, his priestly ministry was solely in the parochial apostolate. As an assistant pastor, he served in the St. Joseph Parish, Webster, MA and Corpus Christi Parish, Buffalo, NY. As pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Holyoke, MA, he is credited with the construction of the school and purchasing a tract of land for a parish cemetery in South Hadley. From 1911 to 1916 he was pastor of St. Adalbert Church in Elmhurst, NY. In 1916 Fr. Stanislaus was named pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Baltimore, MD, where he worked for the payment of the parish debt. He was then pastor of St. Stanislaus, Bishop-Martyr, Church, Trenton, NJ, for only three months as the parish was re-entrusted to the diocesan priests. As pastor of St. Stephen Church, Shamokin, PA, he purchased land for the construction of a new school and Sisters' Convent.
Fr. Stanislaus died at St. Stephen Friary, Shamokin, PA, on November 28, 1925 in the 55th year of his age, 38th of his religious profession and 33rd of his priesthood. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stephen Church, Shamokin, PA. Upon the request of Fr. Stanislaus, the mortal remains were transferred and laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Baltimore, MD on December 4, 1925 (Friars' Old Mausoleum, Row 2, #4).
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