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In remembrance – Father Paul J. Wysocki

In Remembrance

June 28, 2023

In remembrance – Father Paul J. WysockiAuxiliary Bishop Michael Woost will celebrate the funeral Mass for Father Paul J. Wysocki, senior priest-retired, at 11 a.m. on July 18 in St. Agnes Church, 541 Spring St., Orville. Father Don Oleksiak, vicar general and moderator of the curia, will be the homilist.

Visitation will take place 10-10:45 a.m. July 18 in St. Agnes Church prior to the funeral Mass.

Father Wysocki, 84, died on June 22.

He was born Aug. 20, 1938 to the late John and Vida (Vauter) Wysocki. Father Wysocki was educated at St. Aloysius School in Cleveland; St. Gregory High School Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio; Borromeo College in Wickliffe; Saint Mary Seminary in Cleveland and Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

He was ordained to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland by Bishop Floyd Begin on May 23, 1964 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

After ordination, he served as parochial vicar of St. Paul Parish in Akron until his transfer on Oct. 28, 1965 to St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Cleveland. On Sept. 30, 1969, he was appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Elyria and he assisted with the religious education program at Elyria Catholic High School. Father Wysocki was transferred to serve as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Painesville on June 27, 1974. He was appointed administrator pro tem of the parish on March 25, 1975. During that assignment, he also served as associate spiritual director of the Cleveland Cursillo Center and chaplain of Ursuline College, effective Oct. 8, 1975.

On June 27, 1979, Father Wysocki was assigned Newman campus minister of Wooster College, Wayne General and Technical College, Orville Agricultural Technical Institute, Ohio State Branch with residence at St. Mary Parish in Wooster. He changed residence to St. Agnes Parish, Orville on June 29, 1981. Father Wysocki received the formal addition of duties as Newman chaplain at Ashland College in Ashland on Oct 31, 1981.

On Jan. 12, 1982, Father Wysocki was named pastor of St. Agnes Parish, where he served until his retirement on Nov. 1, 2003.

Father Wysocki loved being a country priest and cherished his time as a pastor in Orville, tending to the spiritual and pastoral needs of his people. He also enjoyed the challenge of Newman Campus Ministry and bringing Christ to young people. Those who knew him said he would be remembered fondly.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.

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