Rev. Paul F. Marut
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SHAMOKIN — The Rev. Paul F. Marut, OFM Conv. 66, of Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin, entered into eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at his residence, following an extended period of illness.

Born Nov, 9, 1944, in Danville, he was a son of the late Joseph F. and Regina (Kazar) Marut.

He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School, Shamokin and, from 1958 through 1959, St. Edward High School. He continued his secondary education at St.Francis High School, Athol Springs, N.Y. He completed his Franciscan Novitiate in Ellicott City, Md. in 1963. Marut earned a B.A. in Philosophy at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass.

He professed his solemn vows Aug. 15, 1966, then went on to complete his theological studies at Collegio Seraphicum, Rome, Italy. He was ordained a priest Aug. 12, 1972, in Chicopee, Mass. by Bishop Christopher J. Weldon, Bishop of Springfield.

Following his ordination in 1972, Fr. Paul serves as an instructor at Archbishop Curley High School, Baltimore, Md. as well as Kolbe High School, Bridgeport, Conn. In 1976, he was assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Stanislaus B.M. Basilica, Chicopee, Mass. He also served as Parochial Vicar at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Shamokin. He then spent 10 years of his priestly ministry serving the people of Ghana, West Africa. He returned to the United States in 1999 and served at St. Adalbert Parish, Elmhurst, N.Y. and Our Lady of Hope Parish, Coal Township, and most recently, as Parochial Vicar at Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin.

In addition to English, he spoke Italian and some Spanish. He also developed a facility for Fanti and Twi, which are Ghanaian dialects.

He is survived by his Franciscan Confreres, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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MARUT — The Rev. Paul F. Marut, OFM Conv. 66, of Mother Cabrini Parish, Shamokin. Rev. Marut will lie in state at Mother Cabrini Church, 214 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Franciscan Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mother Cabrini Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Coal Township. Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. The Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin, has charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Franciscan Mission Association, or to the Mother Cabrini Memorial Fund, both in care of the Parish office, 214 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin, PA 17872.

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Published in The News Item on Jan. 11, 2011.