Father John Glogowski; pastor, chaplain - Catholic Courier

Father John Glogowski; pastor, chaplain

Father John J. Glogowski, who held longtime roles as director of pastoral-care services at St. Ann’s Home in Rochester and later as pastor of St. Leo Parish in Hilton, died April 25, 2010, at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was 75 years old.

Father Glogowski grew up in St. Monica Parish in Rochester and St. Theodore Parish in Gates. He attended St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s seminaries before being ordained at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 2, 1962, by Bishop James E. Kearney. He also earned master’s degrees from Syracuse University and St. Bernard’s Institute.

Father Glogowski served as assistant pastor at three parishes: St. John the Evangelist (Humboldt Street), Rochester, from 1962-65; Holy Family, Auburn, 1965-73; and Immaculate Conception, Ithaca, 1973-79.

From 1979-92, Father Glogowski oversaw pastoral care at St. Ann’s Home. After a brief stint as assistant pastor for churches in Corning and Painted Post, followed by a sabbatical, Father Glogowski became pastor of St. Leo Parish in 1993 and remained in that position until retiring in 2005.

His sister, Nancy Barron, observed that Father Glogowski enjoyed working with youths in all his parish assignments, and that he was equally adept at connecting with senior citizens while at St. Ann’s Home.

"It didn’t matter which generation," she said, adding that he’d chat with St. Ann’s residents "as long as they would want to talk to John. He would never rush anyone. That is such an art, knowing you have deadlines but that they need somebody to talk with."

In a 2005 Catholic Courier article marking his retirement, Father Glogowski noted that in his priestly ministry, "At the end of the day, there’s a joy knowing that you’ve done important things … to see people responding to my efforts to get people to know who Christ is and who he wants them to be."

Sandy Grocki, diocesan coordinator of clergy services, said that in retirement Father Glogowski provided frequent Mass assistance at parishes while living at his home in Lyndonville, Orleans County.

A classmate, Father Eugene Weis, also remarked that Father Glogowski was an excellent priest but not necessarily somebody who stood out in a crowd: "He was mild-mannered; he was a thinker and ponderer."

The oldest of nine children, Father Glogowski was "extremely family-oriented," according to Barron.

"He was always there when we needed him," his sister said, adding that at family gatherings "John was always the one by the door as everyone walked in, taking pictures."

Father Glogowski had a longtime involvement as spiritual adviser and chaplain for Beginning Experience of Rochester, a program for widowed, divorced and separated people. He also served as a fire-department chaplain in Auburn, Ithaca and Hilton, and police-department chaplain in Auburn and Irondequoit, as well as chaplain for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

He is survived by his brothers Jim (Donna), Paul, Leo, Mark (Kathy) and David (Cheryl) Glogowski; sisters Janet (Nate) Warren-Aarons and Nancy (Edward) Barron; sister-in-law Patricia Glogowski; and many nieces and nephews.

Father Glogowski will lie in state at St. Lawrence Church in Greece on Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. with evening prayer at 7 p.m. On Monday, May 3, he will lie in state at St. Lawrence from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. His funeral Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence with Bishop Matthew H. Clark presiding. Interment will be at Falls Cemetery in Greece.

Donations in Father Glogowski’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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