“Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no one living can escape” (CtC 12).
Our fellow friar and faithful priest of Sacred Heart Province,
Sylvester Micek OFM
died at the age of 87 on Monday evening, April 23, 2012, at 7:25pm in his room at
Villa East in Sherman, Illinois, after suffering a massive stroke earlier in the day.
Sylvester had been in failing health for the last few years.
Bernard Micek was born in Columbus, Nebraska, on January 25, 1925; his parents
were Bartholomew and Dorothy (nee Staroszik) Micek. After schooling in Columbus
and seminary training in Westmont (Oak Brook), Illinois, he entered the novitiate of
the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart on July 3, 1944, receiving the religious name of “Sylvester.”
His simple profession was in 1945, and Sylvester professed his solemn vows before Wencesluas Krzycki
OFM, provincial minister, on the fourth of July, 1948. Three years later, on June 24, 1951, he was
ordained a priest at St. Francis Church in Teutopolis by Bishop William A. O’Connor.
With a warming smile and a gentle spirit, Sylvester exercised his priestly ministry in various parishes
throughout Sacred Heart Province. After his intern year following ordination at St. Francis Solano in
Quincy, he first spent six years as chaplain of the Blessed Sacrament Monastery and assistant pastor at St.
Francis Xavier Parish in Petoskey, Michigan. Then he was assistant pastor and later pastor at St. Mary of
Czestochowa Parish in Madison, Illinois, where he was dearly loved and appreciated. For the next seven
years (1975-1982) Sylvester served as pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Sioux City, Iowa. After two years as
pastor of St. Francis Solano in Quincy, he became the parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis,
Missouri. For the next 16 years, until 2006, he ministered to the parishioners at St. Clement in Pellston,
Michigan, and at St. Mary in Burt Lake, while residing first at St. Francis Xavier Friary in Petoskey and
then at Cross in the Woods Friary in Indiana River. The people of Pellston and Burt Lake deeply loved and
At the age of 81 Sylvester retired to Villa West in Sherman, Illinois, in 2006, because of failing health.
Since then he has been experiencing continual diminishment especially because of his cancer and his
Sylvester is remembered as a simple and unassuming person with a deep commitment to his
priesthood and a strong loyalty to his Franciscan way of life. His pastoral care and his spiritual assistance
have been much appreciated, and those whom he served fondly recall his memory. He died as peacefully
as he lived.
Sylvester is survived by one brother, Gerald Micek, and two sisters, Mary Ann Donatelli and Alice Hoff.
Condolences to the Micek Family can be sent to Mary Ann Donatelli, 1800 Ridgemoor S.E., Grand Rapids
May Sylvester rest in peace!