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Father Peter Pagano

1918 - 2015 TURNERS FALLS, MASS. Rev. Fr. Peter E. Pagano, former Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls, and son of Alfredo and Angiolina (Biando) Pagano, was born on March 11, 1918 in Bronx, New York, and baptized at Our Lady of Solace Church. After graduating from school, he attended the City of New York College, later studying Philosophy and Theology at Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, NewYork. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 7, 1952, by the Most Reverend Christopher J. Weldon, D.D., Bishop of Springfield, at Saint Michael's Cathedral. After his Ordination, he served as Curate at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, North Adams from June, 1952 to June, 1962, when he became Curate at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Springfield, where he remained until July of 1968. He served as Chaplain of various organizations from 1968 until 1978, including the Greylock Rest, Adams, the Providence Mother House, Holyoke, and the Beaven Kelly Home, Holyoke. In June of 1969, he was appointed Assistant at St. Peter's Church, Great Barrington, where he served until September 1, 1984. He was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Turners Falls, on September 1, 1984; a position he held until his retirement on April 19, 1986. During his tenure at this Parish he was known for his quiet and reflective nature, and for his prayerfulness, and it has been said that "He taught [the parish] how to pray." A spiritual son of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Fr. Pagano visited many times with this great Saint at San Giovanni Rotondo, encounters which had a profound effect on his spirituality, and the spirituality of the parish he served. St. Padre Pio called Father Pagano "the child of my heart." Fr. Pagano retired to his home in North Adams and remained quite active. He would often return to Our Lady of Czestochowa many times to assist at solemn liturgical functions, such as Forty Hours, Confirmation, the Paschal Triduum and Christmas, as well as hear confessions at penance services during Advent and Lent. Fr. Pagano was responsible for a number of priestly and religious vocations and he was a spiritual guide to a great number of people. He also founded a charitable organization called the AREMAY Foundation for the collection of funds for various Church charities which supported the Catholic Medical Mission, the Catholic Near East Association and others. When Fr. Pagano became infirmed he was cared for by Ron Desilets for many years until after a long illness he moved to a retirement home founded by St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. He died there on March 5, 2015, a few days shy of his 97th Birthday. He is buried at San Giovanni Rotondo near the shrine of his spiritual father, St. Padre Pio. He was predeceased by his brother, Rev. Fr. Marcelus Pagano; and his sister, Elizabeth M. Pagano. A Solemn Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Father Peter Pagano will be celebrated by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls on Tuesday, April 14 at 11 a.m. A reception for all will follow at St. Kazimierz Hall. Donations in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 11, 2015
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