Obituary: Rev. Bernard P. Shulik / Driven by a passion for priesthood

Feb. 7, 1948 - Aug. 8, 2012

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The Rev. Bernard Shulik, who served as a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for 38 years with various assignments as either a pastor or parochial vicar of parishes, died Wednesday at the Vincentian Home in North Hills from natural causes. He was 64.

He final appointment was as chaplain for the Felician Sisters Motherhood in Coraopolis. That assignment ended in March 2011 when his health began failing.

"My brother really dedicated himself to the church and the Diocese," said William Shulik of Bridgeville. "I'm not sure he had many [professional affiliations] outside of that."

A Butler native, Father Shulik left Pittsburgh his last four years of high school to attend Our Lady of Lourdes High School and Seminary in Cassadaga, N.Y., where he graduated. Sometime before he reached high school age, he had made a decision to go down the path of priesthood and he stayed on that path his entire life. He was ordained at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard in May 1974. He later served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Clairton; as education chaplain at Bishop Boyle High School in Homestead; as pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Parish and then St. Anthony Parish, both in Clairton.

"His passion for the priesthood and touching people's lives was the driving force in his life," said his brother, David Shulik of Clark, Pa.

Father Shulik also was a pianist and had skiied throughout the United States and in Europe. He raised two St. Bernard dogs throughout the years and was an avid collector of high-end Christmas ornaments, religious jewelry and figurines.

"Anything he bought was not inexpensive. These Christmas tree ornaments with religious themes were $100 to $200 each," said William Shulik, who added that his brother also was fond of classical music and show tunes -- including music by Barbra Streisand, which was about as progressive as he got.

Father Shulik is survived by his two brothers.

Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St., Butler, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Cathedral, 108 North Dithridge St., Oakland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Cathedral. Interment will be in the Priest's Plot of Calvary Cemetery, Pittsburgh. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Tim Grant: tgrant@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1591.


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