|Early photo of Father
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church was
filled to capacity last Sunday as hundreds of Catholic faithfuls congregated to
bid a final farewell to the late Father Robert P. Raszkowski. Described as a
very emotional ceremony, many of those present expressed how thankful they were
for having the distinct pleasure of knowing such a great human
The Memorial Mass was officiated by Reverend
William Oulvey, S.J. Also in attendance were Father Hoyman, Father Murray and
Father Vega of the Catholic Diocese. Mr. Angel Nuñez read the eulogy and the San
Pedro High School Choir sang in memory of Father Raszkowski. Present during the
ceremony were three nieces of the late Father Raszkowski who took part in the
offertory and were able to witness, first hand, the great love the people of San
Pedro held for their beloved priest.
religious ceremony, the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church provided breakfast for
the entire congregation at the Lions Den.
San Pedro community enjoyed the presence of Father Raszkowski, a gentle and
caring priest, for over four decades. He was born March 4th, 1914 in Berlin, Wisconsin, USA. He
entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on September 1st, 1933 and progressed through the normal
course of studies. In 1940, as a young scholastic, Mr. Raszkowski was sent by
the Jesuits to British Honduras (Belize) to teach Latin and English at St.
John's College. His first trip to Ambergris Caye was
made in 1942 when he, along with a number of
other Jesuits, spent their holidays here. He was ordained as a priest on June
16th, 1946. After 56 years of
service to the People of God in Belize, Father Robert Raszkowski moved to St.
Louis, Missouri for health reasons. He passed away on December 19th, 2001.
the people of San Pedro bid a final farewell to their "Beloved Father" last
Sunday, he will live in their hearts and in their memories. His natural and
sincere smile, his gentle touch and his friendly advice are only a few of the
many qualities that Father Robert P. Raszkowski, S.J. will be remembered