MEMORIES OF FR. GEORGE KOSICKI, CSB

Al Mansfield

Fr. George Kosicki had a brilliant intellect as well as a spirit that was drawn to God as metal to a magnet. He was, by education and profession, a biochemist as well as a priest. His training in scientific research served him well after he was baptized in the Spirit and left biochemistry to focus exclusively on preaching, teaching, and writing on spiritual topics.

Fr. George seemed to have an amazing discernment into the balance and harmony among the elements of the spiritual life – a sense of how seemingly disparate elements were meant to fit together into an integrated whole. One of his most impressive insights, to me at least, was his booklet, “Key to the Good News,” in which he showed how the threefold mystery of the Incarnate Word  as Savior, Messiah, and King was contained in the proclamation, “Jesus Christ is Lord.” He followed this theme out as a “formula” to explicate numerous Scripture verses and doctrinal statements. It was a fascinating thesis when he published it in 1975 and still remains so, I think, today.

Fr. George also had a keen prophetic gift as well, especially as shown in his book, “The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come!”, which he co-authored with Gerald J. Farrell, MM, in 1981. In this book, Fr. George pointed to a “Marian wave” of the Holy Spirit to follow upon the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. It could be argued that with the “Totus Tuus (Maria)” papacy of St. John Paul II (his Polish hero!), and numerous reported Marian apparitions beginning in the 70s and continuing until now, this prophetic sense has indeed come to pass.

Fr. George was perhaps best known for his expertise in the Divine Mercy revelation and devotion that came through St. Faustina. He wrote a concordance to St. Faustina’s Diary and, truth be told, seemed to be an actual “walking concordance” to her life and writings. There seemed to be nothing about Divine Mercy or St. Faustina that he did not know well and for which he could not accurately cite “chapter and verse.”

Fr. George Kosicki could be described as being every inch a priestly priest, a man of God, and servant of God’s Word. He loved the Church, the Bride of Christ, as Jesus did, and committed his life for her renewal. He loved the Holy Spirit, and was thoroughly charismatic in every sense of the word. He was wholly Eucharistic, spending hours in adoration and intercession before the Blessed Sacrament. He was intensely Marian, a loyal son of Mary, as was his Polish hero, St. John Paul II. In all this, we can do no better than to imitate him as he imitated Christ (cf. I Cor. 11:1).

“Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God” (Antiphon, Liturgy of the Hours)