A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Monsignor Edwin J. Fagowski, 72, pastor of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Depew for the past 23 years, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church, 425 Penora St. Bishop Edward D. Head of Buffalo will be the principal celebrant.
Monsignor Fagowski, who was pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medina from 1961 to 1967, will lie in state Tuesday in St. Augustine's, where a Scriptural Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.
Monsignor Fagowski died Saturday (Dec. 1, 1990) in the Furgala Nursing Home, 1818 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster, where he had been a patient for several weeks.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in St. John Kanty parish and was a graduate of the former Little Seminary of St. Joseph and the Little Flower, the diocesan preparatory seminary.
He held a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Niagara University, where he attended the Seminary of Our Lady of the Angels and received a medal for excellence in philosophy and a scholarship for excellence in theology.
Monsignor Fagowski was ordained a priest Dec. 13, 1942, in Buffalo. He served as an assistant pastor in numerous churches in Buffalo, including St. Rose of Lima, St. Casimir, Visitation, St. Stanislaus, Assumption, St. John Kanty, St. Lawrence and Queen of Peace.
He was also an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity in Niagara Falls and Holy Cross in Salamanca. He was assigned as well to the Missionary Apostolate in Delevan.
He was among those working here for reinstatement of a Latin-language Mass. Prayers were said in his name Sunday at the first regular Latin Mass here in more than 20 years at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Monsignor Fagowski had donated the Latin Mass booklets used by worshipers.
Known for his interest in his Polish heritage, Monsignor Fagowski said the Stations of the Cross at St. Augustine's in Polish at times. He also invited his parishioners to St. Augustine's rectory during Lent to see his Easter egg display. Many of the decorative eggs came from his travels, especially to Poland.
Monsignor Fagowski, who was honored recently by the Union of Holy Name Societies of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, was a chaplain to the Catholic War Veterans. He was a member of the Priests Association for Polish-American Affairs, the Polish Union of America, Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Father Justin Council and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.
He is survived by a brother, Arthur of Depew, and a sister, Irene Jablonski of Lackawanna.