Father Rokosz’s New Year’s blessing

Charlie Rokosz. Just the sound of his name brings a smile to the face of anyone who knew him. He was Father Charles rokosz, Catholic priest. When St. Joseph’s church in Duryea was closed for good a few years back, I joked with Father Rokosz, pastor of St. Joe’s and two other Duryea parishes at the time, that I was considering buying it and starting my own religion. “Hold off on that idea,” he responded without hesitation. “When Sacred Heart closes we’ll be offering buy one, get one free.” And when St. Mary’s church in Avoca was about to be… Continue Reading