The Home of Peace Charity Fund has been established in memory of Monsignor Stanislaus T. Sypek to carry on his lifelong work with children.
The main mission of the Fund is to provide direct support for the poor children of the Holy land through the Home Of Peace orphanages in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Monsignor was instrumental in the building and running of the two orphanages. The original orphanage is on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and the second is on a hillside in Bethlehem. The orphanages are run by the Polish nuns of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth of Hungary under the supervision of Sister Raphaela.
The purpose of the Fund is to serve as a vehicle for Monsignor's benefactors to continue their charitable support of the Home of Peace. 100% of the donations made to the Fund are distributed to the Home of Peace. Monsignor's nephew, Chris McNeil, is the Director of the Fund with help from Monsignor's nephews and nieces. Administrative costs are covered by the family.
Monsignor was a major factor in the building and support of the Home of Peace. It was his favorite charity. Sister Raphaela from the Home of Peace with whom he worked for 40 years says that Monsignor would visit a few times a year and it was like a light coming into their home. He loved to go visit and they loved to have him. Anything the sisters and children required for their mission, Monsignor provided.
Monsignor was a priest for 68 years and the pastor of St. Adalbert Parish in Hyde Park, MA for 43 years.
This is an excerpt from his obituary in The Pilot..
A native of New Bedford he was born in the Whaling City on May 6, 1915. The Fall River diocese where he was born was barely 11 years old, and Benedict XV had been pope for less than a year. He was one of the four sons and one daughter of the late William and Agnes (Scierka) Sypek, both immigrants from Poland. The family moved to South Boston; after he completed high school he went to St. Mary College in Michigan and then returned to Boston College and St. John's Seminary.
Auxiliary Bishop Richard Cushing ordained him to the priesthood at Holy Cross Cathedral on Jan. 6, 1943. The aged William Cardinal O'Connell's health prevented him from ordaining the priests of the archdiocese. Only two priests survive who were ordained for the archdiocese by Bishop Cushing during Cardinal O'Connell's time: Msgr. Paul McManus, sole survivor of the class of 1942, and Msgr. Alfonso Palladino, the sole survivor of Msgr. Sypek's class of 1943; both reside at Regina Cleri.
Following ordination he was named an assistant at St. John the Baptist (Polish) parish in Salem, a little more than a year later he was named assistant at St. Andrew, Billerica.
In 1946 he began a series of non-parish assignments that would cover almost the next 25 years of his priestly life: The greater number of the assignments was to offices of Catholic Charities, first in Boston and then in Cambridge. During this same time he obtained MSW and MA degrees at Boston College, and a doctorate at Fordham University in New York.
He also taught at both Boston College and Emmanuel College during these years.
Just two months after he was elected pope, Paul VI named Father Sypek a Domestic Prelate (today, Prelate of Honor) on Aug. 10, 1963. He was in the first "batch" of new members of the papal household from Boston named by the new pope.
On May 21, 1969, Richard Cardinal Cushing named him pastor of St. Adalbert (Polish) Parish in Boston's Hyde Park section. During the course of his term there he saw many population shifts and changes but he never gave up serving the parish. He was named administrator of two other Polish parishes: St. Peter, Norwood (1982-1984) and St. Hedwig, Cambridge (1992-1995).
Msgr. Sypek was well known in the Polish Catholic Community in and beyond the archdiocese of Boston. And his friendship with Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, archbishop of Cracow and later Pope John Paul II was well known. He hosted the then cardinal on trips he made to the United States and was among the special guests welcoming him to Boston during his unforgettable 1979 visit to the Hub as Pope John Paul II.
The same pope named Msgr. Sypek a protonotary apostolic, the highest grade of monsignor on Feb. 7, 1992. The added honor highlighted an incredibly lengthy and active priestly ministry that would ultimately last more than 68 years. One of Msgr.'s great joys was to know that his old friend has been named a Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI.
Monsignor was the beloved son of the late Willem and Agnes (Scierka) Sypek. Loving Brother of Leocadia and her late husband Richard J. McNeil of Jamaica Plain. Also survived by many Loving Nieces and Nephews, and many Loving Grand Nephews and Nieces, and Great grand Niece and Nephews. A Concelebrated Funeral Mass was held on Friday October 7 at 11 AM in St. Adalberts Church, with Cardinal Sean O'Malley and 12 other priests concelebrating. The interment was at St. Michaels Cementary in Forest Hills.