Maurice Piszczatowski, 75, Christian brother, teacher

February 06, 2005

The Rev. Maurice Piszczatowski, a former pastor of a Fells Point church and Franciscan brother, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 75 and had lived at his order's Ellicott City home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Father Piszczatowski entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars in 1946 and was ordained a priest June 29, 1953.

He received a master's degree in education from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and for many years taught mathematics and coached sports at his order's schools, including Archbishop Curley High School in Northeast Baltimore. He also had teaching assignments in New York and Connecticut.

"As he was able, Father Maurice continued to respond to calls for a priest to say Mass or hear confessions," said Father Donald Grzymski, the vicar provincial of St. Anthony Province, "and he was very faithful in visiting the sick and staying in touch with friends from his various assignments."

In the 1980s, Father Piszczatowski was treasurer of St. Anthony of Padua Province of the Friars and treasurer of St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, Mass.

From 1991 to 1997, he was pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish on South Ann Street in Fells Point and held the post of guardian of the local friary. He held the same roles at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Friary in Danbury, Conn.

Failing health prompted Father Piszczatowski to move to the Friars' Provincial House in Ellicott City in 2001.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Casimir Church, Kenwood Avenue and O'Donnell Street in Canton.

He is survived by a sister, Edwina Kornechuk of Boston.

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