42759obit: Monsignor Arthur Michalka
- Mar 3, 2009
Monsignor Arthur Michalka
August 4, 1927 - January 13, 2009
CAMERON Monsignor Arthur Michalka, 81 of Waco and formerly of Cameron died Tuesday, January 13, 2009 in a Waco nursing facility. Funeral mass will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Monicas Catholic Church in Cameron with Bishop Gregory Aymond and Bishop John McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Monicas Cemetery. A wake service and rosary will be held Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Monicas Catholic Church.
Monsignor Michalka was born August 4, 1927 in Cameron the seventh child in a family of eight to Frank and Marie (Kunz) Michalka. Of the four boys and four girls in the Michalka family, three became priests and one of the girls chose to join the nursing order of the Incarnate Word Sisters. After attending St. Anthonys School and Yoe High School in Cameron Msgr. Michalka entered St. Marys Seminary in LaPorte, Texas. He was ordained on May 26, 1951 in St. Marys Church in Brenham. His first, very brief assignment was to St. Marys Church in Temple. Then followed a four-year stay at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Granger. He then received an appointment to St. Marys in Taylor, which lasted seven years. He then served as pastor of St. Michaels Church in Burlington with missions at St. Josephs in Cyclone and St. Anns in Rosebud. Then in 1967 he returned to Temple as pastor.
A priests life is filled with caring and serving and as one looks back on Msgr. Michalkas journey through the years, one is astounded by the numerous endeavors in which he engaged in addition to his priestly ministry. During the first eleven years of his priesthood he coached football, baseball and basketball in parochial schools in Granger and Taylor. At one time or another Monsignor had been choir director, athletic director for the diocesan CYO and active in Scouting. Msgr. Michalka had a great interest in youth work and throughout his life had worked with other priests of the diocese to get the CYO off to a good start. He had been a member of the diocesan liturgical commissions that implemented the liturgical changes resulting from Vatican II and for a short period he served as member of the marriage tribunal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1945 and diocesan priest moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. He is survived by:
Sister Christine Karnowski of Alcoa, Tenn.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
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