William “Bill” Konicki, I.V. Dei – Pastor of Sacred Heart Hopedale
As our Pastor, Fr. Bill is our Teacher of the Word, Preacher to the Parish and Leader of the Prayer of the Faithful.
Born at home in Webster Massachusetts on July 22 1952 as the sixth boy of seven siblings, Fr. Bill is a true Central Massachusetts native. He has always been an active member of the Webster-Dudley Boys’ Club which was right down the street and a second home. Additionally, he was quite involved in church CYC (Catholic Youth Council) and an Altar Boy from grade 5 to 12. Attending Webster Public Schools and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1970. Bill then attended St. Thomas Seminary College in Bloomfield CT, and St. John’s Seminary School of Theology in Brighton, MA and ordained a Deacon in 1977 and a Priest in 1978 by Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan.
The first assignment was as a Deacon was at St. Mary’s in Milford and after Ordination to priesthood on June 3 1978 he was assigned to St. Joan of Arc parish in Worcester. In June of 1982 Bill was named Director of the Office for Youth Ministry, a position held till June of 1994. In leaving Worcester, Bill moved to Les Cay Haiti where he opened the Diocesan Mission House, Kay Sen Pol (St. Paul House). After 7 years on the Haitian Mission, Bill returned to Massachusetts to became Pastor of Sacred Heart parish here in Hopedale in September of 2001.
As a priest of Voluntas Dei Secular Institute, Fr. Bill is committed to consecrated life and the evangelical councils of poverty, chastity and obedience. The order is made up of priests and laity and live our vowed life in the world and invite others to follow Christ.
On a personal note, Bill love’s to travel and learn about the world – traveling in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr,; visited all seven modern wonders of the World, has only two more presidential libraries to visit here in the US and preparing to journey on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.