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KOPCHIK, Fr. Martin John, msfs Rev. Fr. Martin John Kopchik, msfs, Rev. Fr. Martin John Kopchik, msfs, (Fr. Marty) aged 61 years, passed in to eternal life on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Villa Luyet, the residence of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, on 3474 Pate Dr., Snellville, GA. Funeral mass will be held at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 7171 Glenridge Dr. NE, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA on Friday, November 12, at 11:30 A.M., Most Rev. Dr. Luis R. Zarama, JCL, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta presiding over the celebration and Fr. Gus Tharappel msfs, Regional Superior, Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, Msfs USA Region, concelebrating. The Regional Superior will officiate Committal Services by the graveside, in Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30328, immediately following the funeral mass. Fr. Marty will lay in state in St. Jude the Apostle Church for visitation from 10:30 A.M., till the commencement of the funeral liturgy. There will be visitation at St. Lawrence Church, 319 Grayson HWY, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 on Thursday, November 11, from 6:00 pm. to 9:00 pm. Visitation will conclude with Evening Prayer and Rosary prayed for Fr. Marty. Confreres, family members and friends will have a time of quiet visitation at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd., Lawrenceville, GA 30046, on Wednesday, November 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. Fr. Martin J. Kopchik was born on February 16, 1949 in Gary, IN, USA as the third son of late Basil Kopchik and surviving mother Josephine Marie Kopchik. He was baptized on March 17, 1949, in St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Gary, IN. After his college studies, while he worked for Simmons Mattress in Norcross as an accountant, he was deeply involved with the charitable aactivities of St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Patrick Church, Norcross, Atlanta. Inspired by their service, Marty discerned his vocation to be a religious and a priest in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales. He joined the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) who were ministering at St. Patrick and made his first Religious Profession on August 15, in England. After his philosophical and theological studies he was ordained a Priest on May 19, 1986, at St. Lawrence Church, Lawrenceville, GA. He holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Theology and took a degree in Sacred Scripture at the Catholic University of America. Fr. Marty worked as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick's Church, Norcross, and St. Lawrence Church, Lawrenceville, Atlanta, GA. Later he was pastor at both these parishes. Fr. Kopchik was Superior of the American Mission of the Msfs for 12 years with offices at Villa Luyet in Lawrenceville, and in Loganville, GA. He served as Vocation Promoter, Director of formation and Superior of the local community at Villa Luyet when the American Mission was raised to the status of a Region in the Congregation. He was also Director of the Fransalian Center for Spirituality in Loganville, GA, and later in Snellville, GA., while he also served St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Sandy Springs, GA. Fr. Marty held all these charges with utmost dedication and remained ever faithful to his responsibilities till the last moment of his life. He has offered many classes in spirituality, conducted many retreats and guided many on their spiritual journey. Fr. Marty relished the contemplative way of life and guided many to contemplation in the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. "Look to God that you may be radiant with joy" (Ps.34:6) sums up Fr. Marty. He was a very cheerful, humble, simple, generous, prayerful and faith-filled person. We thank our heavenly father for giving us Fr. Martin John Kopchik as a great gift to all of us, to our Religious family and to the Church. We will miss his presence with us. May he rest in peace and enjoy the fullness of life and joy that Jesus promised to all who follow him faithfully. Fr. Marty is survived by his beloved mother Josephine Marie Kopchik and, Sister, Stephanie Kopchik of Crown Point, IN, Brothers Charles (Sandra) Kopchik of Pfafftown, N.C., Michael (Augustina) Kopchik of Copperas Cove, TX, John Charles Kopchik of Minneapolis MN, niece Michele Kopchik of Austin, TX, nephew Christopher (Debra) Kopchik of High Point, NC, and grand nephew Thomas. Memorial masses and offerings may be made to the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, Villa Luyet, 3474 Pate Dr., Snellville GA. 30078-5000 Fr. Augustine Tharappel, msfs Regional Superior Missionaries of St. Francis De Sales, USA Region Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Homes, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100. Please sign the on-line guest book www.stewartfh.com
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 9, 2010
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