SCRANTON, Pa. – Father Clement Kasinskas, a member of the Congregation of the Passion, died May 15 at his home at St. Ann’s Passionist Monastery. He was 82.
He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Derby, the son of Joseph and Eva Bercius Kasinskas. He was educated in Ansonia and joined the Passionists in 1945. He graduated from Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary in Dunkirk, N.Y., in 1947. He professed his vows on Aug. 15, 1950, and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City, N.J., on May 3, 1957, by the late Bishop Cuthbert O’Gara, a Passionist bishop of Hunan Province, China.
Father Clement spent more than 30 years preaching missions and retreats in English and Lithuanian, including in the Byzantine Rutherian Rite of the Eparchy of Passaic, N.J.
Father Kasinskas was stationed in Massachusetts, New Jersey and at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford, where in his later years he was a regular confessor for weekend retreats and celebrated Mass locally in various parishes and convents.
He is survived by a sister, Ann Verbiskas of Orange; a brother, Edward, of Bethany; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Michael; and two sisters, Nellie Stankus and Jennie Kacerguis.
Bishop Robert Joerger, Passionist provincial, celebrated a funeral Mass on May 18 at St. Ann’s Basilica in West Scranton. Burial followed at St. Ann’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Father Clement Kasinskas, C.P., to St. Ann’s Shrine Basilica, 1233 St. Ann’s St., Scranton, PA 18504.