Fr. Mark Leo Curesky, OFM Conv.
Pastor of St. John Church Ė Cromwell CT
On June 24, 2010 Bishop Michael Cote
appointed Reverend Mark Leo Curesky, OFM. Conv. the 15th pastor of St. John
Church, Cromwell CT. Fr. Mark previously served as the pastor of St. Paul Church,
Kensington CT. According to canonical procedures Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv.,
Minister Provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua Province, presented Fr. Mark
Curesky to Bishop Cote for the Cromwell appointment. Fr. Mark succeeds Fr.
Raymond Borkowski, OFM Conv., who has served as Pastor of St. Johnís Church
since 1995. Fr. Raymond was the first Franciscan Pastor of St. Johnís
Church. Fr. Raymond will take up residence at St. Paul Friary in
Kensington CT. Born in Danbury, Conn., in
1947, Father Mark received a B.A. degree in philosophy in 1970 from St. Hyacinth
College and Seminary in Granby, Mass. He then attended St. Anthony Theological
Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y., where he received his Master of Divinity and
Master of Theology degrees. Ordained in 1975, Father Mark studied religious
education at Loyola University in Chicago, where he received another master's
degree in 1976.
Mark served as a high school teacher and administrator, a seminary professor and
administrator. He served as Minister Provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua
Province of the Franciscan Friars from 1991 - 2001 and he also served as
secretary/treasurer of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in the United
States. In 2001 The Catholic University of America conferred its highest honor,
the Presidentís Medal, on Fr. Mark Leo Curesky, in recognition of his support to
the University especially his commitment to engage friars in the Campus Ministry
of Catholic University of America.
1997 Fr. Mark was awarded the Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope John Paul
II. The medal is the highest papal award given to religious or laymen or
laywomen who have given zealous and outstanding service to the Church. The honor
was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1888. Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore
recommended Fr. Mark for the papal award.