Msgr. Anthony E. Jaworowski, 96

Posted: March 01, 2014

Msgr. Anthony E. Jaworowski, 96, of Swedesburg, died Saturday, Feb. 22, of heart failure at St. Francis Country House, a Catholic nursing facility in Darby Borough.

Msgr. Jaworowski had retired officially in 1994 after 50 years of service with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but he kept ministering to the faithful until shortly before his death.

He was given the rank of monsignor in 1976.

Ordained on June 3, 1944, by Auxiliary Bishop Hugh L. Lamb, Msgr. Jaworowski at various times served as an associate pastor at St. Anthony of Padua, Cumbola; St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Chester; St. Mary of the Assumption, Coaldale; and St. Casimir's Catholic Church, Shenandoah; and as a faculty member at St. Pius X High School, Pottstown.

He was a pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Clifton Heights, and retired as pastor of St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia, after 22 years of service.

In retirement, he lived at Sacred Heart Rectory in Swedesburg, where he said Mass daily for 16 years.

Msgr. Jaworowski volunteered to act as chaplain for many organizations. He was a member of the Parish Priest Consultors, the Diocesan Consultors, and the Council of Priests. He also was a founding member of the Polish American Cultural Center Museum on Walnut Street in Center City.

During his long career, Msgr. Jaworowski received many honors for his work and leadership in the Polish American community.

He was a friend of Pope John Paul II. The two met when Msgr. Jaworowski served as the regional chairman of the 41st International Eucharistic Congress in 1976, and they corresponded regularly until the pope's death in 2005.

Born in Manayunk, he was the eighth in a family of 10 children. His family owned Javies Beverages.

A sister survives, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Masses will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Adalbert Church, 2645 E. Allegheny Ave., and at 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Sacred Heart Church, 120 Jefferson St., Swedesburg.

Donations may be made to Villa St. Joseph, 1436 Lansdowne Ave., Darby, Pa. 19023.


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