Father Stanley T. Nakowicz


NORTH SMITHFIELD — Reverend Stanley T. Nakowicz, 71 pastor of Our Lady of Loreto Parish, East Providence died on December 3, 2012. Born in Providence, son of the late Walter and Vera (Ricci) Nakowicz, he attended Graniteville Elementary School and La Salle Academy.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick and at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. He was ordained on June 3, 1967 by Bishop Bernard M. Kelly in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence.

Upon ordination to the priesthood, Father was assigned as assistant pastor of St. Mary Parish, Crompton.

In 1970 he joined the faculty of Our Lady of Providence Preparatory Seminary and remained there until it closed in 1989. He was Dean of Students, taught Senior Religion and Latin and was the librarian. He received a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1975. During the summers he served at St. Mary Parish, Newport and St. Patrick Parish, Harrisville and was director of Mater Spei Day Camp, Chepachet.

While a faculty member at the seminary, he was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Loreto, East Providence where he continued to serve until his death.

On October 4, 1990 he was appointed Executive Editor of The Providence Visitor and served in that capacity until December 31, 2006. He also was elected to the Priest Grievance Board, Priests' Personnel Board and the Council of Priests.

He leaves a sister, Ann O'Brien of North Providence, a nephew, Robert P. O'Brien and his wife Susan and many cousins.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of his soul was celebrated on December 7 at Our Lady of Loreto Church, with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano as the main celebrant and homilist. Bishops Thomas J. Tobin, Robert C. Evans, Louis E. Gelineau, Robert E. Mulvee, Ernest E. Boland, Francis X. Roque and other clergy concelebrated.

Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.