Rev. Jieri Vesi KoroiPriest-in-residenceThe Rev. Jieri...

April 25, 1994

Rev. Jieri Vesi Koroi

Priest-in-residence

The Rev. Jieri Vesi Koroi, S.M.,a native of Suva, Fiji, and a priest-in-residence at the Church of the Annunciation in Baltimore who was pursuing an advanced degree at Loyola College, died Tuesday in a car accident on the Capital Beltway in Oxon Hill. He was 31 and had been a student at the Loyola College Pastoral Counseling Center in Columbia.

A member of the Marist Fathers of the Oceania Province in the South Pacific, Father Koroi was living in the church rectory and working with parishioners in addition to attending school. He also performed counseling services at Dundalk Community College.

Father Koroi was killed Tuesday night in a three-car accident in the southbound passing lane of Interstate 95 near Oxon Hill. Father Koroi and the driver of the car in front of him had stopped behind a disabled vehicle, but a truck behind them failed to stop and struck Father Koroi's car, said the Rev. William P. Foley, pastor of the Church of the Annunciation.

"He was exceptionally thoughtful and kind to people," Father Foley said. "He was known for his friendliness and wit. His presence instilled peace in people. His life was so promising, it makes his death difficult to accept. It's at times like this our faith is tested."

Father Koroi studied at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva and was professed as a Marist in 1985. He was ordained in November 1988, and his first assignment was in New

Caledonia, where he worked until he came to the United States to pursue his studies at Loyola.

Father Koroi is to lie in state at the Church of the Annunciation from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, when a funeral Mass will be celebrated. Another service will be conducted at a later date in Suva, where Father Koroi will be buried.

He is survived by his parents, Petero and Birisita Koroi; two brothers, Arthur and Paulo Koroi; and two sisters, Marcia and Isabella Koroi, all of Fiji.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Marist Provincial House, c/o the Rev. William Rowland, 815 Varnum St., Washington, D.C. 20017, or to the Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave., Baltimore.

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