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“Rest in peace good & faithful Priest of God.Spej Z Bogiem....Ed DyklaPres. Emeritus PRCU ABoynton Beach Fl. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“To all Fr.Lukes family and friends I'm sorry for your loss.I grew up in south Chicago as he did ,I was 3 years older than he was .and when to St...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: .Mary (Mroczkowski) Lewandowski - AR

“We will miss Father Luke. He performed our marriage in 1980 and we think of him often. He was a wonderful person he even came to our son's baptism....Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Gail & Gary Borgerd - GLENVIEW, IL

“Reading others' comments, I am struck by how he touched so many in the same way he touched me. We are all children of "father" Luke. A man of God. ...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Luchetti - Surprise, AZ

“Father Luke, my brother in Christ, my confessor and my friend,I was so shocked to hear of your passing as I was hoping you would have made our 50th...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: John Sparacino - TX - Friend

“Father Luke loved St. Anthony Parish and everone there..as well as south Rockford.We have fond memories of our parents' 50th wedding Anniversary...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Janie & Mario DeCastris - IL

“We just talked a few weeks back. He married us and was our favorite Priest bar none. Please tell me this isn't true. I just talked to him on his 80th...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Valeri and David DeCastris Beccue - IL

“I have fond memories of Fr. Luke as our Chaplain on Peterson Ave. at Mother of Good Counsel Motherhouse. My prayers are with the Fiars and his family...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Badalewski - Las Vegas, NV

“What a light he was to so many people. His passion for the church and people will never be forgotten. so many lives he touched. Always his blessings...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Kay Monge - Roanoke, IL - friend

“My dear Father Luke. Your smile and good humor made such a difference in our lives. You joined Arlene and Mike Sulski, baptized their kids Zachary...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Christopher Garcia - New York

“I am so honored to be able to call you brother. You were the best big brother ever. I will miss our chats so much. You kept me so grounded. I loved...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Lynda Geith - Moorpark, CA

“My sincere Condolences to Fr Luke's family.. He will always be remembered as The Polish Prince..As children growing up in south rockford, we were so...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Jane Sola-Bousum - Rockford, IL

“So sad but he is joining his boss who is god and his mom all friends relatives that fr luke said funeral mass for again heartbroken ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Fischl - Crownpoint, IN

“We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to enjoy the richness and endearing joy of loving Fr. Luke. Rest In Peace Father and Rise in Glory! ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Ed and Sheila Sola - Belvidere, IL


Father Luke (Richard) Poczworowski, 80, passed away on Wed. Jan. 10, 2018 in Chicago. He was born Dec. 16, 1937 on the southeast side of Chicago. In the summers of 1953-54, he worked as a gas station attendant and fixed flat tires. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1955 and subsequently entered the Novitiate in August at Lake Forest, IL.
Father Luke made his first profession in 1956 and professed his solemn Vows on Aug. 15, 1959. He studied in Carey, Ohio and received his Bachelors Degree from Dayton University. He was then sent for theological studies at
Assumption Seminary in Chaska, MN. He was one of ten Franciscans and twenty-five diocesan seminarians who were ordained priests on Feb. 22, 1964, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in MN. In 1969, after several summers of study, Father Luke received a Masters Degree in religious education from Loyola University in Chicago.
As a member of the Province of St. Bonaventure, Father Luke's ministry has entailed the following assignments: Parish priest at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Rockford; Vocation Director at the House of Studies, Formation Director for the Province; Chaplain of the Felician Sisters in Chicago at which time he also taught religion at an all girls catholic high school; Parish priest at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Fort Madison, IA; Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Peoria; two term Minister Provincial; Pastor of St. Anthony Padua Parish, Rockford; Pastor of St. Mary, Winona; St. John the Baptist, Lostant and St. Patrick, Minonk, St. Ann, Toluca and Sacred Heart, Rutland. Fr. Luke was in residence at the Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, WI.
Father Luke's greatest joy as a Franciscan Priest was celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He has spread that joy among parishioners he has served over the years and also had a great love for the Franciscan camaraderie and fraternity. Father Luke was indeed a "People Person" from the word, "go!" and an extremely generous soul as well! He was indeed a "Gift" to the Friars!
Surviving are many confreres, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Mary Poczworowski.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm with a wake service at 8 pm Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at St. Ita's Church, 5500 N. Broadway St. Chicago. Visitaiton will begin at 9:30am, before Mass at 11 am Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 8237 South Shore Drive, Chicago. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City. In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Bonaventure Province, 6107 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60660. Arrangements are by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home in Libertyville. Info: 847-362-3009 or please sign the on-line guest book at www.burnettdane.com.

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