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Reverend Leonard Kosatka C.P.

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Reverend Leonard Kosatka C.P. Obituary
Kosatka, Reverend Leonard, C.P.,

86, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital, after a brief stay there.

He arrived in Louisville in 2011 to become a member of the Passionist retirement community here. A native of Chicago (Cicero), Illinois, he entered the Passionist minor seminary in Normandy, Missouri in the 1940s, which was the beginning of his years of study in preparation for his ordination to the Catholic priesthood in 1959. In 1960, he was transferred to the recently established Passionist mission in Osaka, Japan, where he studied the Japanese language.

Japan would be his lifelong assignment, until his return to the United States in 2011. He held administrative positions in Japan with the Passionists during this time, but also engaged in other forms of ministry, especially preaching missions and retreats, ministering as chaplain at a leprosarium, and serving as pastor at a parish. It was in this latter assignment that he began serving as a prison chaplain, and this was to largely define his active ministry for the remainder of his life. Prison ministry in a pre-trial detention center, became the focus of his life, in the course of which he ministered at a pre-trial, served as Director of Detention Ministry for the Osaka archdiocese, Vice-President of the Japanese Christian prison Chaplains Association and President of the Japan Catholic Correctional Chaplains Federation. He also represented the International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care, a non-governmental organization at The United Nations. In this latter position, he traveled extensively throughout the world and kept the prison ministry prominently before U.N. agencies responsive to his interventions on its behalf.

He undertook his vigorous ministry in the light of the Passionist effort to remind the rest of us that Jesus Christ was Himself imprisoned at the end of His life and died between two thieves. The imprisoned of today lost a vigorous advocate on their behalf.

The visitation will be 10:00-10:30 A.M., Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road. The funeral Mass will be 10:30 A.M. Monday at St. Agnes Church, with interment at the Passionist cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Passionist Community, 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bosse Funeral Home.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 6, 2017
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