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Msgr. Kubart served in parishes, schools in the archdiocese 67 years

Msgr. Francis Kubart

Msgr. Francis Kubart, a native of Atkinson and strong supporter of Catholic education who served 67 years as a priest, died Oct. 30. He was 92.

A funeral Mass, with Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss presiding, was held Nov. 3 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, as well as a special visitation at St. Joseph Church in Atkinson. A private burial was Nov. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson.

Ordained in 1949, Msgr. Kubart was assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk from 1949 to 1953, and St. Mary Parish in Omaha from 1953 to 1959. His first assignment as pastor was at St. John the Baptist Parish of rural Clearwater from 1959 to 1963.

He served as pastor at seven other parishes: St. John the Baptist in Petersburg from 1963 to 1969, St. John the Baptist in Fordyce from 1969 to 1970, then-St. Richard in Omaha from 1970 to 1975, St. Boniface in Stuart from 1975 to 1986, St. Boniface in Monterey and St. Anthony in St. Charles Township from 1986 to 1991, and St. Mary in Leigh from 1991 until his retirement in 1999.

He was named a monsignor in 2001.

"He was a priest’s priest," said Msgr. William Whelan, a friend for more than 50 years. "He was a confessor for many of us and had the confidence of other priests. He also had a great love for the Mass."

Even after retirement, Msgr. Kubart continued to serve, hearing confessions and offering Mass at parishes and facilities for the elderly in Omaha, including where he lived, the St. John Vianney Residence.

In recognition of his service and devotion to the priesthood, Msgr. Kubart received the Pope John Paul II Priestly Service Award from the Institute for Priestly Formation in 2014.

An avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, Msgr. Kubart also was known for his love of gardening.

For many years, he made weekly visits to tend his garden on the property of a friend near West Point, sharing its yields with food pantries and soup kitchens, and later with residents at St. John Vianney and the Siena/Francis House in Omaha.

Visiting the sick also was an important part of Msgr. Kubart’s ministry. "Whenever someone was sick from our residence, he was often the first one to visit them in the hospital," Msgr. Whelan said.

"He also was very devoted to Catholic education and was very active in promoting it," Msgr. Whelan said, including support for the annual Archbishop’s Dinner for Education and the Archdiocesan Educational Fund, which provides high school scholarships.

Msgr. Kubart taught in Catholic high schools and was a member of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, associate director of the Archdiocesan Rural Life Commission, and member and dean of the Priests’ Council.

He attended then-St. Joseph High School in Atkinson and Creighton University in Omaha. He also studied at St. Lawrence College in Mount Calvary, Wis., Conception Seminary in Conception, Mo., and Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Msgr. Kubart was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Q. Kubart and Effie Pacha Kubart, and sisters, Helen Coufal and Josephine Kramer. Survivors include his sister, Eva Thompson, of Omaha; nieces; nephews; brother priests at St. John Vianney and his priests’ prayer group.

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