Brooklyn-born Msgr Michael Kosak celebrates his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on June 6. To mark the occasion, a special golden jubilee edition of his book Journey of a Homeboy, first published in paperback January 2008, has been reprinted. The book is available at the People of Praise Community, Arima, 667-1544 or on Facebook: popraisett.
Fr Mike, as he is known, is a retired diocesan priest of St Croix, US Virgin Islands, and has been a frequent visitor to Trinidad since 1974, when he attended a meeting of the Antilles Episcopal Conference at Mt St Benedict, with Archbishop Samuel Carter and many priests.
He experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at St Benet Hall, Mt St Benedict, in January 1977. He was a member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Caribbean Service Team from 1979–1996, serving with then Abbot Bernard Vlaar OSB and Fr Ildefons Schroots OSB. He served as Spiritual Director of the Regional Seminary of st John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs, 1990-1991.
Msgr Kosak assisted and was present at every CCR Caribbean Conference during the 90s and served as Chair from 1994-96. He was a friend of Archbishop Pantin and continues to be a member of the Fraternity of Priests.
Although he retired in 2014, he was asked to step out of retirement and continue as Pastor Pro Temp of his former parish of St Ann, Barrenspot, St Croix.
Msgr Kosak told Catholic News via email on the occasion of his anniversary that he is grateful to God for his gift of priesthood and to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain for its leadership in the Caribbean as well as his personal association to the AEC and ministry throughout the Caribbean islands.
“To God be the glory, now and forever”.