It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our friend and campus minister, Fr. Paul Paproski, has passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease on the evening of January 28th, 2021.
Father Paul first joined the ranks of St. Peter’s Abbey in 1997 as a Benedictine monk, and continued his education and vows throughout the years. He was present in the lives and community of St. Peter’s College students, and helped to enhance the student experience and provide opportunities for students to become familiar with the Abbey and its members.
Fr. Paul was active in the campus ministry program, the Men in Black (MIB). This is a group of Benedictine Monks who are active in the college community by providing spiritual counselling and outreach to students. As chaplain of the MIB, Fr. Paul focused the group’s efforts on bringing together students, staff, and faculty of all denominations in the spirit of friendship, fun, workshop, and service.
The MIB assisted with numerous events and projects at the College, including organizing spectacular events such as Movie with a Message and Lunch with Benedict. Fr. Paul’s organization of the Medieval Feast, an event that is often a highlight of the St. Peter’s College student experience, created an event where students could eat, laugh, dance, and more.
Most students met Fr. Paul for the first time during the September orientation. Fr. Paul was an avid photographer, and would always be happy to assist with taking photos of orientation day and of the students.
What many students may not be aware of when walking the halls of the main floor is that Fr. Paul was the one who installed the metal brackets, meant to secure and fasten artwork and banners, that were used display the work of students and abbey members. Many of his photos were framed in the halls and offices of the College and were seen by thousands. Some of Fr. Paul's photography is available on OneDrive for the public to view.
Fr. Paul will be remembered by the thousands of students and community members who had the luck of meeting and talking with him.
Public visitation is being held on Tuesday, February 2nd, from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, with a private funeral mass being live-streamed on Wednesday, February 3rd, at 11:00 am by the Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel.