Funeral held Sept. 24 for Vincentian Fr. Kolinsky of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE — Vincentian Father Arthur Kolinsky, C.M., passed away Sept. 20, 2011, in Charlotte. He was 67.
A memorial Mass was held Sept. 21, 2011, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Charlotte. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 24, 2011, at St. Thomas More Church on the St. Johns University – Queens Campus in New York. Interment was at the Vincentian Cemetery at St. Joseph's Seminary, Princeton, N.J.
Father Kolinsky served at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Charlotte, and appointed parochial vicar in 2008. He was part of the Vincentian's Congregation of the Mission – Eastern Province USA.
During the funeral Mass in Charlotte, Vincentian Father Vince Finnerty, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, recalled Father Kolinsky as being an inspired priest.
"St. Vincent de Paul said: 'Charity, when dwells in a soul, take complete, full possession of all his powers. Never rests. A fire acts without ceasing.' (RC XI, 132). God's love captured the whole being of Father Arthur, his whole thinking, all his feelings, his way of relating to others, his words and actions. That love was a fire that took possession of him in all its potentials and opportunities.
"Father Arthur sought to be good news, joy, peace for the poor. For him, the most important thing was always with his people, accompanying them in their struggles, their joys in his life. May Father Arthur's life and testimony lead us to feed the fire of God's love in our hearts. May the Lord have mercy on him and may he rest in peace."
He was born on Dec. 6, 1943, in Maspeth, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1971. Father Kolinsky was a well-known Vincentian missioner to Hispanics and helped train his confreres in Hispanic ministry outreach. He was a fluent speaker of Spanish, having many years of experience behind him as a missioner in Central and South America, according to the Vincentians' web site.
He is survived by three brothers: John Kolinsky (wife, Kathleen), Michael Kolinsky (wife, Ellen) and Joseph Kolinsky (wife, Bonnie); and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 6212 Tuckaseegee Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28208.
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