PROVIDENCE — Rev. (Czeslaw) Leon Kachel, 90, a senior priest of the Diocese of Providence and retired chaplain of Saint Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Providence (Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and the former Saint Joseph Hospital) died Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Born in Kalety, Poland, son of the late Stanislaw and Weronika (Urzynicok) Kachel, he attended elementary school in Kalety and high school in Tarnowskie Gory and university in Krakow.
In preparation for the priesthood, he studied in the Metropolitan Seminary in Warszawa, Poland. He was ordained a priest by Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Czestochowa, Poland on June 29, 1957, as a member of the Saint Paul First Hermit Order.
For nine years, Father Kachel served in various parishes and ministries in Poland before he was transferred in 1976 to do pastoral work at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Boylston, Pennsylvania.
In 1979, Father came to Rhode Island and was appointed chaplain at the Newport Hospital with residence at Saint Joseph Rectory in Newport. Father Kachel was incardinated into the Diocese of Providence in June 1986. In August 1986, he was appointed the pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Coventry, and served there until 1989, when he was named chaplain of Saint Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island. Father served both Saint Joseph Hospital, Providence, and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence, until his retirement from the active ministry in 2009. During his retirement, Father Kachel lived at the St. John Vianney Residence, Providence, and he resided there at the time of his death.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was principal celebrant at a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Father Kachel’s soul offered on Friday, Sept. 10, at St. Adalbert Church, Providence with interment in Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston.