Reverend Anthony F. Krisak, Pastoral Associate at St. Rose of Lima Parish, dies at 71

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Reverend Anthony F. Krisak, 71, died unexpectedly at his home in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2021. On Friday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m., Reverend Melvin C. Blanchette, P.S.S., Ph.D., S.T.B. will perform the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. At 10:00 a.m., the Family will greet visitors at the Church. The service will be broadcast live on YouTube.

Father Krisak will be laid to rest in the family plot at Trenton's Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery. Anthony Krisak was born on December 9, 1949, at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. His parents are Anthony J. and Grace M. (Adams) Krisak.

Priesthood journey of Rev. Anthony F. Krisak

He began his college career at St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore, Maryland, after graduating from Mother of the Savior Seminary in Blackwood, New Jersey, in 1967. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy there in 1971. In 1974, he graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a Master of Arts in Theology.

Father Krisak began his parish ministry in the Church of the Epiphany in Brick, New Jersey, for one year after being ordained as a deacon for the Diocese of Trenton in May 1974. In 1975, he had ordained a priest for the Diocese of Trenton at St. Mary's Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey, and served as Associate Pastor at Corpus Christi Church in Willingboro, New Jersey, until 1979.

Father Krisak completed his education and graduated from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California, with a Master of Theology, Spirituality, and Worship in 1980. He went on to get his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Liturgical Studies in 1987 and his Doctor of Sacred Theology, Sacramental Theology in 1989 from The Catholic University of America.

Father Krisak worked as a Counseling Associate and advisor to seminarians, Director of Basselin Scholars, and Lecturer in Pastoral Theology to ordained deacons and priests during and after his studies at Catholic University. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, D.C. 

Between 1993 and 1999, he was the Executive Director of the Missionary Vehicle Association in Washington, D.C., which supports Catholic missions worldwide and fights poverty and underdevelopment. He worked as an Associate for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy from 1999 to 2002.

He taught a variety of theology courses at Loyola University Maryland in Columbia from 1987 until 2013. He worked with the Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington, D.C., as the Director of Training and Online Services from 2003 until 2012. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a Pastoral Associate at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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