Msgr. Stanislaw Kempa

Msgr. Stanislaw Kempa
Longtime pastor of the Catholic Church
of the Holy Trinity; 66

LOWELL -- Msgr. Stanislaw Kempa, 66, longtime pastor of the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, died Tuesday, June 17th at Lowell General Hospital, Saints Campus. Msgr. Kempa was born in Tarnow, Poland on May 1, 1948. He was the son of the late Mieczyslaw Kempa and Teresa (Ciesla) Kempa.

Upon completion of his Seminary Studies, he was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Bishop Jerzy Ablewicz, the Bishop of Tarnow, on May 27, 1973. In 1974, he received his Masters Degree in Theology-Cosmology awarded by the Pontifical Theological Institute in Cracow.

After the sudden death of his mother in 1988, his teen-age sister was left alone in the family home in Tarnow. Since she was not able to carry on herself, he decided to ask the bishop to relieve him of his parish obligations to take care of his sister during these years. In 1991, his sister was of age to marry and so Father Stanislaw was relieved of his responsibilities toward her. He was then awaiting a new assignment from his Bishop In April 1990, Bishop Jerzy Ablewicz died and was succeeded by Bishop Jozef Zycinski as Bishop of Tarnow. The Cardinal Primate of Poland and Bishop Jozef Zycinski, after making arrangements with the American and Polish Episcopates, assigned Father Kempa to serve on a permanent basis in the Archdiocese of Boston, USA, with the agreement of Bernard Cardinal Law to work among the Polish people in the Archdiocese.

On September 9, 1991, Father Stanislaw Kempa left Poland and began his permanent residence in the Archdiocese of Boston. He was assigned to the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity in Lowell and served as pastor from 1997-2014. He became a US citizen in August of 2001.

He was a Chaplin of the Knights of Columbus, Lowell Council #72 and also a 4th Degree member of the Bishop Delany Assembly, since June of 1997.

Msgr. Kempa is survived by his siblings, Martin Kempa and his wife Maria of Naperville, IL and Anna Siedlick and her husband Wieslaw of Poland; as well as other family members in the United States and Poland.

KEMPA -- Relatives, friends and parishioners are invited to pay their respects at The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, 340 High Street, Lowell on Friday, June 20th from 4 until 7 PM. His Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 21st at 11 AM at The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, Lowell. Interment to follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lowell. Arrangements entrusted to the care of DRACUT FUNERAL HOME. To leave an online condolence, story, or message please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under Dracut Funeral Home.

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Published in Lowell Sun from June 19 to June 20, 2014