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Rev. Michael A. Jarecki


Rev. Michael A. Jarecki died on October 22, 2012, at the St. Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire. He had been in failing health for some time.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church in Port Leyden, NY with Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley presiding, and the priests of the diocese concelebrating. The homilist will be Rev. Donald Karlan, a friend of Fr. Jarecki. Calling hours will be from 1-3 p.m at St. Martin’s Church. Burial will be in the Old Glendale Cemetery in Glenfield.

Father Jarecki was waked at Saint Stanislaus Church in Winchester, New Hampshire on Thursday, October 25, from 4-7 PM. On Friday, October 26, an additional viewing took place at 9 AM, followed by the Rosary at 9:30 and a traditional-rite Requiem Mass at 10:00 AM at Saint Stanislaus Church (one church of Queen of Peace Parish).

Michael Alexander Jarecki was born in Turin, New York, on October 6, 1917, to Vincent and Irene (Black) Jarecki in Turin, NY. He attended the Martinsburg District Schools and Lowville Academy until his graduation. In 1936, Michael entered Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, NY, for his minor seminary training. Upon completing his course there, he enrolled in St. Bernard’s Major Seminary in Rochester, NY. Father Jarecki was ordained by Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart in the old St. Mary’s Cathedral on June 3, 1944, and offered his first Mass the next day, Trinity Sunday.

After ordination, Father was a summer assistant at St. Agnes, Lake Placid, then assistant pastor at Sacred Heart, Massena. In 1954, Fr. Jarecki was made pastor of St. Ann’s, St. Regis Falls and St. Peter’s in Santa Clara. In 1963, he was named pastor of St. Mary’s in Constableville and then, in 1968 pastor of St. Michael’s in Witherbee. In 1973, he was named to the College of Consultors and pastor of St. Martin’s, Port Leyden and St. John’s in Lyons Falls. In 1975, he was appointed Dean of Lewis Deanery. In 1980, prior to his retirement, Father Jarecki was associate pastor in St. Mary’s, Ticonderoga.

After his retirement in 1987, Father Jarecki lived in residence in Brushton and then in Constable, NY. During that time, he was also helping groups of Catholics loyal to the Traditional Latin Mass in various locales in New York and New England. Eventually, he devoted much of his time and labor to two apostolates that were dear to his heart: Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire, and promotion to the devotion of our Lady of Fatima.

Since 1997, Father Jarecki lived in Richmond, N.H with the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (M.I.C.M.) at Saint Benedict Center. When Father was no longer able to take care of the spiritual needs of this community, they felt honored to take care of his physical needs. The current chaplain of the community, Father David Phillipson, administered the Church’s last rites to Father Jarecki in the traditional form two days before his death.

Father Jarecki is survived by his brother, Vincent John Jarecki, of Rome, New York, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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