Monsignor Dziwulski, pastor of St. Anthony's

February 21, 1994|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,Sun Staff Writer

Monsignor Anthony P. Dziwulski, who served at four Baltimore area parishes and was active in several community and church organizations, died Friday of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 79.

He was pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore from 1969 until his retirement in 1987. He continued to live at St. Anthony's until illness forced him to move to the hospice.

Monsignor Dziwulski, who was named an honorary prelate with the title monsignor in 1970, received his first pastorate at St. Lawrence Church in Woodlawn in 1962.

Previously, he had been assigned for 18 years to Holy Rosary Church in East Baltimore -- the parish where he grew up -- and St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Hampden for two years after his ordination in 1942.

He graduated from Loyola High School in 1933 and Loyola College in 1937 before entering St. Mary's Seminary, then on Paca Street. He completed his theology studies at the Roland Park location.

Last year, he received an honorary doctorate from the seminary. He also had been honored by Loyola College with its Andrew White award.

Monsignor Dziwulski, better known as "Father Tony," had been active with the Catholic Youth Organization and had served as archdiocesan assistant director of the group in the 1960s.

He was elected several times to the Senate of Priests and the Clergy Personnel Board, two groups that advise the archbishop.

When he was in his 60s, Monsignor Dziwulski became involved with Christ Renews His Parish, a program of overnight retreats for parishioners, and Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), an ecumenical coalition of church and community groups.

Despite many commitments, he still found time to play golf.

"He chased the ball around a lot," said Monsignor W. Francis Malooly, who had worked with Monsignor Dziwulski.

"He was one of the most respected priests and pastors of the '60s, '70s and '80s," said Monsignor Malooly, chancellor and vicar general of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 4414 Frankford Ave.

Monsignor Dziwulski is survived by two brothers, Chester Dziwulski and Melvin Dziwulski, both of Gardenville.

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