Crosier Father Adrian Piotrowski, 85, died June 1 in long-term care at Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Crosier Priory church in Onamia, with a luncheon to follow. Committal will be in the priory cemetery at a later date.
He was born to Frank and Mary (Kosloski) Piotrowski on Dec. 7, 1933, in Foley. After attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, he entered the Crosier novitiate in Hastings, Nebraska, Aug. 27, 1957, and professed his first religious vows Aug. 28, 1958. He was ordained a Crosier priest May 23, 1964, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Father Piotrowski earned a bachelor’s degree from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, and a master’s degree in secondary education and history at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, in 1971.
Father Piotrowski spent many of his years in ministry as a teacher and chaplain at Catholic schools, particularly Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, from 1965 to 1971 and Bergen High School in Oradell, New Jersey, from 1972 to 1992, where he was also chaplain to the Christian Brothers community. He also served in parish ministry at St. Patrick Parish in Armonk, New York; Holy Family Parish in Bronx, New York; St. Stephen Parish in Anoka, Minnesota, and St. Odilia Parish in Shoreview, Minnesota.
He is survived by his brother Gerald, Rochester, Minnesota; and his sisters Franciscan Sister Joyce, of St. Cloud, and Karen VonderHeide of Indiana; and by his Crosier confreres.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359.