By Diane Norek Harrison
LINDEN-Here is more from the material sent to me by Walter Tylicki on St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish: Theresa’s was its students and school, which maintained high scholastic achievements. This was the result of the dedication of the Sisters Of Nazareth. On Aug. 22, 1950, the Sisters were withdrawn and replaced by the Felician Sisters.
In May 1951, Fr. Nazarewicz was appointed Pastor Of St. Joseph’s Church in Hackensack. Rev. Ferdinand B. Miller replaced him in June 1951.
On March 20, 1952, to accommodate the new sisters, ground was broken for a two-story addition to the convent. On April 26, 1953, with work completed, Fr. Kozlowski blessed the new convent.
Father Kozlowski desire to separate school from the church. His desire became a reality in the spring of 1954, when the ground was broken for the new church. Later that year, the corner stone was blessed and construction of the new church progressed. The following year on Nov. 5, 1955, Fr. Kozlowski, assisted by his curates Fr. Miodowski and Fr. Miller, and his parishioners, celebrated the first Mass in the new St. Theresa’s Church.
The following year, the seeds of knowledge, which were planted in St. Theresa’s School, blossomed. One of its students chose to serve God as a priest. On May 27, 1956, Fr. Raymond Lukenda offered his first Mass in his home church.
On Sept. 16, 1959 our Heavenly Father called to his side Fr. Kozlowski. He was buried on the church grounds. On Sept. 16, 1961, his parishioners erected a shrine at Fr. Kozlowski’s grave, as a monument of their love and devotion for his years of dedication, leadership and accomplishments as Pastor of St. Theresa’s.
On Nov. 29, 1959, Archbishop Thomas A. Boland appointed Rev. Msgr. Stanley Stachowiak to succeed Fr. Kozlowski as Pastor.
A few months later another parishioner chose to dedicate his life to the service of God. on May 27, 1961, Rev. Thomas Piechocinski offered his first Mass to God in St. Theresa’s Church.
Thank you Mr. Tylicki! I will have some more history of this church in my next column.
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