Rev. Msgr.
John F.



Camden Courier-Post - August 8, 2003

WIECKOWSKI, REV. MSGR. JOHN F. 91, of Cherry Hill on August 6, 2003. Born in Philadelphia, PA on May 20, 1912, Msgr. was raised in Camden and attended St. Joseph Grammar School, South Camden and Camden Catholic High School. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles College, Catonville, MD, St. Bonaventure Seminary, Allegany, NY and Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. After ordination at St. Mary's Cathedral, Trenton on April 16, 1938, Msgr was assigned as associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish, East Camden.

On Nov. 4, 1942 he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served as chaplain with the 79th Artillery Division. After stateside duty in Texas and Mississippi, he served in Plymouth, England, Normandy, France shortly after D Day. He saw duty in Belgium and Holland and was with the first American troops to cross the Rhine into Germany. He completed his tour in Czechoslovakia and was discharged a Major.
Returning to St. Joseph, East Camden, Msgr. served until his appointment as pastor of St. Catherine, Clayton in 1948. In 1951, Msgr. arrived in Annunciation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Bellmawr where he served for 38 years. Until his retirement in 1985, Msgr. has served as the Chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary of Catholic War Veterans, a member of the board of Trustees of the Catholic Star Herald, and was named a Prelate of Honor in 1967. Msgr. is the beloved uncle of many and the brother-in-law of Mary Weichowski of Blenheim.

Viewing Sunday 2:30 to 7:45PM. Mass of Jesus Christ the High Priest 8PM in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 601 W. Browning Rd, Bellmawr, NJ 08031. On Monday Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30AM where friends may call after 9AM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, Chews Landing. Contributions in Msgr's memory may be made to Annunciation Regional School 605 W. Browning Rd., Bellmawr, NJ 08031. For inquiries please call McGUINNESS FUNERAL HOMES 800-993-0888. Tributes and memories may be shared at; 'The Lifetime Tribute Funeral Home'