Rev. Msgr. Anthony Czarnecki
2018 “Pride of Polonia Award” Recipient

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Czarnecki was born in Czarna, Poland and was ordained a priest in 1966. He joined the Worcester Diocese in 1971 and served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Worcester and St. Andrew Bobola in Dudley.

Msgr. Czarnecki holds a Masterís Degree in Liberal Arts from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and a JCL degree in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

He worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington DC from 1987 to 1993 in the office of Migration and Refugee Services and was responsible for developing and coordinating pastoral care of the migrant communities in the United States. He was given the responsibility to coordinate the pastoral ministry of all the Shrines in the United States and published several editions of a directory of all the shrines and places of pilgrimage in the U.S. He also served as a member of the Pilgrimage Committee for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC from 1990-2014 and as a director of the National Office of the Polish Apostolate from 1998-2016.

Msgr. Czarnecki served for eighteen years on the International Committee of the Vatican JPII Foundation established by Saint John Paul II. He helped organize several chapters of the foundation in the United States and served on an executive committee together with Adam Cardinal Maida in establishing the JPII Cultural Center in Washington, DC. He was named a Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1994.

In 1993, he was appointed Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Webster, MA, where he currently serves. Through his efforts the church was renovated and elevated to the dignity of a Basilica in 1998. As headmaster of Saint Joseph School, with the cooperation of his parishioners and friends, he built a new gymnasium and parish center.