November 6, 1928 ~ January 30, 2017

Born in: Buffalo, NY,
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Monsignor Leonard E. Racki, 88, passed away Jan. 30, 2017. Survived by his brother, Norman Racki of Buffalo, N.Y., as well as all his fellow priests, sisters and deacons of the Pueblo Diocese. Preceded in death by his sisters, Alice Feyes and Norma Kowalczyk. Born to Chester and Anna Racki on Nov. 6, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Msgr. Racki attended St. Jerome's College in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and graduated in June of 1958 from the St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver. On May 26, 1962, he was ordained as a priest for the Pueblo Diocese at the St. Stephen's Church in Buffalo. Msgr. Racki has served at many churches in the Diocese, including, St. Francis Xavier Church, St. Anne's, chaplain at the Colorado State Hospital, St. Pius X Church, St. Joseph Church and Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. During his years as a priest, he has served the Diocese in many capacities, including Vice-Chancellor, Vicar General, Dean of the Pueblo Deanery and Associate Director of the Institute for Clergy Formation at the St. Patrick Seminary in California. Viewing from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cathedral. Vigil, 7 p.m. Thursday and funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2017, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 414 W. 11th St. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. Sorry to see Monsignor Racki leave. I have known him since a very young girl. I remember having a difficult time remembering his name and always called him “Father Mickey” and he never corrected me. It has been a while since I have seen him but each time I saw him, he would always remember me. We would have long conversations and he became my confidant. He will surely be missed but we will see each other in Paradise when the Lord calls me home!

  2. He was one of God’s chosen…..He will be missed by many…and he always had a beautiful smile that lite up a room……He’s gone body wise but he he will live thru all who’s heart he touched.

  3. My memories of Msgr. Racki date back to the early 1960’s, when your path crossed my Uncle’s path in the seminary. God was smiling the day you and Bob Finn met. Your presence was a divine present. Thank you for the love, comfort and friendship you always so freely gave to the Finn Family

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