Welcoming our New Pastor, Father Bart Karwacki, OFM Conv.

His prior assignments include spiritual direction and preaching parish missions, retreats, days of recollection

Fr. Bart Karwacki, Pastor, Holy Cross Catholic ChurchFather Bartholomew (Bart) A. Karwacki OFM Conv., joined the Holy Cross Catholic Church as pastor in August 2018. He is the second priest from a Franciscan Conventual province to serve as pastor at Holy Cross. Fr. Andy Santamauro, in the Our Lady of the Angels Province, had served as the parish's first Franciscan pastor from 2014 until Fr. Bart's arrival. Fr. Andy is now serving in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. 

Fr. Bart was born in Riverside, N.J. and entered the Franciscan Order in 1965. Upon completion of his studies in philosophy at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass., and in theology at St. Anthony on the Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y., he was ordained a priest in 1975. He has earned a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and received training in spiritual direction in the Franciscan Internship Program in Spiritual Direction in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Since ordination, he has served as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Md., and at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, N.Y. In 1988, he became the Director of Novices for his community, St. Anthony of Padua Province of the Conventual Franciscan Friars. He has provided spiritual assistance to the Secular Franciscan Order on the local, regional and national levels. Fr. Bart is also involved with Project Rachel in the Pro-Life Movement.

Before coming to St John’s in September 2010, Fr. Bart served on the staff of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, Maryland where he provided individual spiritual direction and preached parish missions, retreats, and days of recollection for priests, religious, and the laity. 

Note: Biography originally posted on the St. John's Church, Cromwell, Conn., website.




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