Rev. Paul F. Marut
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 by The News Item on Jan. 11, 2011.
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Fr. Paul performed our marriage ceremony in 1976 before he began his mission work in Ghana. Later, during one of his rare visits back to the US Fr. Paul spoke to our confirmation class in Syracuse, NY. But the Fr. Paul I remember most goes back to our youth when he was “Joseph Marut.” Joe and I grew up across the street from each other. He was my first friend. Among the memories are many Christmas Eves, after midnight mass, when he, along with my older brother and I, would assemble the toys “Santa” brought for my younger brother. Perhaps my fondest memory goes back to when we were about ten years old. Joe and I concocted a plan to create a model Indian village in his grandmother’s basement. In our young minds we envisioned this village becoming a tourist mecca, drawing crowds from far and wide. It was going to make us and Shamokin famous. Plans were going well until his grandmother saw the colored chalk on the basement floor, outlining the rivers that would wind through the village. That ended any further development of the village as we hastily scrubbed the chalk marks off the floor!
Life’s journey took us separate ways but he will always be my “first friend.” Rest in peace, Joe, your work is through.
Bill Sobotor
January 12, 2011
Fr. Paul was always a happy person, he was a joy to be around. He never complained about anything he always put his trust in God. May he rest in peace with Christ Jesus.
Thomas Nowroski
January 11, 2011
I have known Father Marut since I was child, having delivered the News-Item to his mother for several years and being a member of St. Stanislaus Parish. He was such a loving, caring, happy man, who emanated St. Francis. As a member of Mother Cabrini, I saw him meet his health issues with faith, courage, and optimism. He has been an inspiration to us all. It is with sadness I say farewell, but it is through faith I find peace knowing that Fr. Marut is now with his Lord and his family, healed by the Glory of God, and now watching over each of us. Rest in peace Fr. Marut and thank you for your service here on Earth.
Patricia Kazmerski
January 11, 2011
Dear Friends In Christ,

We offer our sympathy in th loss of a dear priest, he showed us Faith, Hope and Love of Christ...God Bless, Mr.And Mrs.Leo and Margaret Forbes
January 11, 2011