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Longtime educator, director Fr. Matthew Sindik dies

Knights of Peter Claver stand at attention prior the funeral Mass for Fr. Matthew Sindik on Nov. 13 at St. Jude Parish in Montgomery. (Photo submitted by Deacon Clarence Darrington/For The Catholic Week)

By ROB HERBST

The Catholic Week

Fr. Matthew Sindik, who served as director of the City of St. Jude, died Nov. 7 in Montgomery at the age of 92.

Along with his time at St. Jude, Fr. Sindik was also an educator. He served as principal of Montgomery Catholic High School in 1971-72 and also taught at McGill Institute and St. Jude High School. But according to Deacon Clarence Darrington, who serves at City of St. Jude Parish, Fr. Sindik will be remembered for being much more.

Fr. Matthew Sindik

“To almost all of us here as parishioners, we have experienced Father Sindik as a principal, teacher, baptizer, marriage and annulment counselor and friend,” Deacon Darrington remarked during the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude on Nov. 13. “He baptized us and our children, buried our friends and family, and preached the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to us.”

Fr. Sindik was born in Mobile on Sept. 6, 1927, one of 10 children born to Emmett G. Sindik and Antia Moll Sindik. Fr. Sindik’s brother, Msgr. George Sindik, was a priest for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. He died in 2016.

Fr. Sindik attended McGill Institute and Spring Hill College before attending St. Mary Seminary in Kentucky and St. Mary Seminary School of Theology in Baltimore.

He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1962, three years after his brother.

Fr. Sindik served throughout the Archdiocese of Mobile. He was assigned to Little Flower Parish in Mobile and St. Cecilia Parish in Mount Vernon; served as chaplain at Catholic Boys’ Home in Montgomery and Searcy State Hospital in Mount Vernon; and was an advocate and judge in the Archdiocese of Mobile Metropolitan Tribunal.

Throughout his ministry, Deacon Darrington noted that Fr. Sindik “was a comedian of sorts.”

“Whenever he would do a homily you never knew what joke he was going to tell.  Sometimes they were funny and sometimes they were not. But we would laugh anyway because what he said was so ridiculous you had to laugh,” Deacon Darrington noted. “It was like, ‘did he really just say that?’ Yes he did. Even in the confessional, Father was going to make you laugh even when it was time to issue penance.

“He would say ‘Pray to God; and just don’t do that no more.’ ”

Fr. Sindik was interred at St. Margaret Cemetery in Montgomery.

 

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