Monsignor Francis Joseph Beeda
November 3, 1936 - October 12, 2019
Our dear friend and co-founder of our Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern PA, Msgr. Francis J. Beeda was called home by Our Lord on Saturday, October 12. Born in Scranton, son of the late Roman and Anna Duchak Beeda.
He attended the University of Scranton, Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. and North American College, Rome to study for the priesthood. On December 20, 1961 at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy he was ordained by Archbishop Martin O'Conner D.D., rector of North American College, Rome. In June 1962, he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology at Gregorian University.
Msgr. Beeda's first pastorate was at Sacred Heart of Jesus Slovak Church in Wilkes-Barre. He served 11 years, then in 1985 he was named pastor of St. Joseph Slovak Church in Hazleton. On March 17, 1983, he was named Prelate of Honor of his Holiness.
Msgr. Beeda retired in 2009 following a stroke. Since 2009, he resided at Allied Meade St. Senior Community (formally Little Flower Manor), Wilkes-Barre.
Very proud of his Slovak ethnic heritage, he worked with the Slovak priests and people in the Scranton Diocese. He was a strong advocate and supporter of the Catholic church in Slovakia. He welcomed many members of the Slovak church hierarchy to the United States. Msgr. was actively involved in many, many Slovak organizations. He was a co-founder of the Slovak Heritage Society in 1983. The Slovak Heritage Society proudly claimed Msgr. Beeda as their mentor. He will be sorely missed.
Odpočinute večne daj mu Pane, a svetlo večne nech mu sviety.
Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.