Fr. Jacek Szuster, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Church, dies in Augusta

Rev. Jacek Franciszek Szuster, pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Augusta, died on September 4, 2018 after a battle with colon cancer. He was 47 years old.

Born in the city of Niemodlin, Poland on January 30, 1971, Father Jacek attended the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Opole in Nysa and earned a bachelor’s degree.

After arriving in the U.S. in 1995 he studied the English language at St. Cyril and Methodious Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. From 1997 to 2001 he attended theology courses at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia where he pursued a master’s degree.

Fr. Jacek was ordained as a deacon on May 20, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 2001 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia.

He celebrated his first solemn Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Columbus, Georgia. After ordination he served at the following parishes as parochial vicar: St. Joseph Parish in Macon and St. Teresa Parish in Albany; as the pastor: St. Augustine in Thomasville and Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.

His seminary classmates and fellow priests remember him as an exemplary priest who worked hard spiritually and physically in seminary years and in his parishes. His deep love of the Lord was evident in all he did.

His death represents a great loss to the Diocese of Savannah presbyterate where he served on the Priests Council, the Personnel Committee and as dean of the Albany and Augusta deaneries.

He was named a 2014 Distinguished Pastor by the National Catholic Education Association based on his spiritual leadership and support to the parish school, Immaculate Conception.

Father Szuster is survived by his mother, Helena and three brothers, their spouses and children, all in Poland.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 7 at Holy Trinity Church in Augusta. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8 at Holy Trinity Church.

Fathers Daniel Firmin, Vicar General; Mariusz Fuks and Adam Kasela will accompany Father Szuster’s remains to Poland for additional services and burial.

Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception School Special Education Scholarship Fund, 811 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901.

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