Msgr. Boleslaus “Boli” Zientek Obituary

Msgr. Boleslas “Boli” Zientek

The Reverend Bishop Boleslaus John Zientek, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Austin for 30 years and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for another 33 years, died in Houston, Texas, on March 16, 2022, at the age of 87 . The son of the late John J. and Frances (Bilski) Zientek, he was born in Brenham, Texas on August 3, 1934.

He was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Austin at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Austin, Texas on May 23, 1959. In 1989 he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as adjustments were made between neighboring diocesan borders. While in the Diocese of Austin, Msgr. Zientek has served as chaplain at Providence Hospital in Waco, Guardian Angel Parish in Wallis, St. Mary’s in Bremond, St. Eugene’s in McGregor, St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption in West, St. St. Mary in Caldwell, St. Joseph in Dime Box and Immaculate Conception in Sealy. While serving in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Msgr. Zientek served at Immaculate Conception in Sealy and St. Anthony de Padua in Danbury. He retired in 2001.

Msgr. Zientek is survived by his brother Msgr. Benoit Zientek of Brenham. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Julian, Stanley, Aloysius “Alois” and his sisters Mary (Mrs) Stanley Januszewski and Sophie Zientek.

The viewing will take place at the Brenham Memorial Chapel, 2300 Stringer St., Brenham, TX on March 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by the Vigil Service/Rosary. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on March 26 at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 701 Church St. in Brenham. Interment will take place after Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Brenham.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maryknoll Missionary Fathers, 2360 Rice Blvd., Houston, TX 77005.

Posted on March 23, 2022

Posted in Austin American Statesman

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