Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

kula333HARTFORD – Father Francis J. Kula, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, 81, died on May 29, 2010, at Hartford Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 20, 1929, in Cloverleaf, Manitoba, Canada, a son of the late Stephen and Caroline (Haier) Kula. He attended schools in Canada before entering La Salette Minor Seminary in Olivet, Ill., in 1947. He professed his first vows in August 1948 and went to Rome in 1950 to study theology. He professed his perpetual vows on Sept. 28, 1951, at La Salette, France.

He was ordained to the priesthood on March 14, 1954, at St. Stanislaus Church in Rome. After performing parish ministry in Red Lake and Elma, Canada, he was appointed director of the seminary in Olivet.

Father Kula became superior of the La Salette Shrine Community at Twin Lakes, Wis., in 1966. While there, he was the director and ministered in many capacities, and was instrumental in the construction and remodeling of the shrine center. He also was in ministry at St. Paul Parish in Milwaukee.

Father Kula became the Catholic chaplain at the State Veterans’ Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, where he also resided, in 2003. He was especially active in ministry in the hospital section of the facility.

Besides his confreres, Father Kula is survived by a sister, Bernice Zurawski of Alexandria, Va. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Stanley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 3 in the chapel of the Hartford House on New Park Avenue. Interment followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Contributions in memory of Father Kula may be sent to the Missionaries of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.