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

Father Rokosz’s New Year’s blessing

When St. Joseph’s church in Duryea was closed for good, I joked with Father Charles Rokosz, pastor of St. Joe’s and two other Duryea parishes, 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 merged with Saints Peter & Paul, Father Rokosz proposed a name for the new parish: Saints Peter, Paul and Mary. One Sunday morning during an oppressive summer heat wave, he stopped to… Continue Reading