Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Stack_JohnJWEST HARTFORD – Father John J. Stack, age 82, died on Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on March 6, 1928, in Waterbury, a son of the late Nicholas and Margaret (McMahon) Stack. He was a graduate of Crosby High School in Waterbury and studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield before completing his seminary studies at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

Father Stack was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1953, by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. He was assigned to St. Mary Parish in Newington, where he served as assistant pastor for two years.

In 1955, Father Stack was assigned to graduate studies in theology at St. Thomas University (Angelicum) in Rome, and received a doctorate in sacred theology in June 1957.

Upon his return, Father Stack was appointed as chaplain and instructor in religious studies at St. Joseph College in West Hartford. He remained on that faculty until his retirement in 2002, when he received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college.

He was named as a pro-synodal judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1969.

Father Stack resided at Christ the King Parish in Bloomfield from 1991-95, when he moved to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hartford. He moved to St. Mary Home in 2009.

Father Stack is survived by a brother, T. Francis Stack of Suffield; a sister, Helen M. Donahue of Southington; 17 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brother Nicholas S. Stack; his sister Marguerite M. Mastropietro; and nephew Gregory M. Stack.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 7 at St. Timothy Church in West Hartford. Father Henry P. Cody of St. Timothy Parish delivered the homily.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.