HARTFORD – Father Theodore T. Raczynski, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, died on Jan. 1, 2016.
He was born on April 3, 1929, in Seymour, a son of the late Anthony and Cecelia Raczynski. Father Raczynski graduated in 1947 from Seymour High School. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and continued them at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.
He returned to St. Thomas Seminary as a deacon prefect for the academic year 1955-56. Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien ordained him to the priesthood on May 10, 1956, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford.
Father Raczynski then served at St. Mary in Simsbury (1956-62); St. Joseph in Suffield (1962-63); St. Lucian Home in New Britain, as chaplain (1963); Holy Cross in New Britain (1963-65); and St. Robert Bellarmine in Windsor Locks (1965-75).
While in Windsor Locks, he was chaplain of the Windsor Locks Fire Department and of Riverside Council 26 Knights of Columbus.
He was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Suffield until his retirement as pastor emeritus in 2004. While at Sacred Heart he supervised the construction of the new church and rectory as well as an addition to the parish hall, now named in his honor. In Suffield, he was a member of the Juvenile Review Board and was chaplain of the Suffield Fire Department.
Father Raczynski celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination in 2006. He remained at Sacred Heart through 2012.
In addition to his parents, Father Raczynski was predeceased by his stepmother Stella Raczynski; sisters Helen Soresina, Mary Yish, Stella Beletsky and Anne Gabianelli; stepbrother Theodore Cinsinski; stepsisters Helen Sadowski and Irene Szczesiul; and many nieces and nephews.
A parish Mass was celebrated Jan. 7 at Sacred Heart Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Private burial was in Mountain Meadows Cemetery in Seymour.
Donations in Father Raczynski’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church Woman’s Guild Scholarship Fund, 446 Mountain Road, Box 626, Suffield, CT 06078.