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Bishop Jaroslaw "Jerry" Rafalko

January 24, 1955 ~ July 13, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Right Reverend Jaroslaw Rafalko, Bishop Ordinary of the Western Diocese, Polish National Catholic Church, Pastor of All Saints Cathedral Polish National Catholic Church.  Beloved husband of 33 years to Leslie ‘Wieslawa’; cherished son of the late Wanda and Jan Rafalko; loving brother of Elzbieta (Jozef) Wasilewski and the late Janina (Stanislaw) Serwin; dearest uncle of Anna (Dominik) Dym, Artur (Cortney Johnson), Piotr (Wioletta) Gryko, Michal (Iwona) Gryko and Grzegorz (Beata) Gryko; great-uncle of Aleksander Dym, Damian Johnson Wasilewski and Piotr Gryko; dear son-in-law of Eugenia and the late Stefan Czaban; loved brother-in-law of Barbara Czaban and Alicja (Mikolaj) Gryko.  

Jaroslaw was ordained to priesthood, June 8, 1980 in Bialystok, Poland. Appointed Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish PNCC in Kewanee, IL in 1990. Appointed Administrative Senior of the Northcentral Seniorate of Western Diocese PNCC in August of 2016. Elected Bishop of the Western Diocese PNCC October 25, 2019. Consecration as Bishop at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Cathedral, Scranton, Pennsylvania on Sept. 14, 2020 and Installed as Bishop at All Saints Cathedral Parish in Chicago, IL on October 3, 2020.  

A memorial service for the Rt. Rev. Jaroslaw "Jerry" Rafalko will be celebrated at 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee. Following the service an open house reception will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Kewanee VFW Post 8078, 200 W. 5th St., Kewanee. Golnick-Schueneman Funeral Home, is assisting the family with local arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be used to benefit a future scholarship in the Bishop’s name or a donation to the Youth Fund of the Polish National Catholic Church would be appreciated. For information.

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Memorial Mass
October 21, 2023

5:00 PM
Holy Trinity Parish Polish National Catholic Church
716 N Tremont
Kewanee, IL 61443
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Open House Reception
October 21, 2023

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
VFW Post 8078
200 W 5th Street
Kewanee, IL 61443
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Polish National Catholic Church
716 N Tremont, Kewanee IL 61443
Tel: 1-309-853-4352


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