Fr. Adrian C. Piotrowski osc, dies in Onamia
Fr. Adrian Clyde Piotrowski, osc, was born Dec. 7, 1933, to Frank and Mary (Kosloski) Piotrowski in Foley, Minnesota. He died June 1, 2019, in Onamia, Minnesota, in Mille Lacs Health System long-term care.
Adrian graduated from Foley High School in 1952. He attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia from 1953 until 1956 for college seminary training. He joined the Crosiers as a novice and was vested in the Crosier habit on Aug. 27, 1957, in Hastings, Nebraska. Fr. Adrian made his first profession of vows in Hastings on Aug. 28, 1958. He attended St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was ordained a Crosier priest May 23, 1964, at the Crosier House of Studies there. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1965. A few years later, he attended Seton Hall University, working on a Master of Arts in secondary education with an emphasis in history.
Fr. Adrian’s years in ministry as a Crosier priest were spent preaching, teaching, and counseling. His ministry assignments included serving high school academia, athletics, and the arts at St. Cecilia High School in Hastings; Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York; Crosier Seminary in Onamia; and Bergen High School in Oradell, New Jersey, where he served on the faculty and as Chaplain for 20 years. In 1992, Fr. Adrian was inducted into the Bergen Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Fr. Adrian also served as associate pastor in various parishes in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
Fr. Adrian is survived by his brother Gerald of Rochester, Minnesota; his sisters Sr. Joyce, OSF, of St. Cloud; and Karen Vonderheide of Indiana, and by his Crosier confreres.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Crosier Priory church in Onamia on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Committal will be in the priory cemetery at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359-0500.
The Homily from Fr. Adrian's funeral Mass in Onamia, is available here.