Rev. Roy A. Mateljan
Reverend Roy Anthony Mateljan, 78, passed away early Tuesday
morning, October 15, 2019, at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.
Born on August 12, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Father
Mateljan began his priestly formation at Saint Francis de Sales Minor Seminary
in 1955, continuing his studies at Saint Francis de Sales Major Seminary from
1960-1967. He was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend William E.
Cousins, Archbishop of Milwaukee, on May 20, 1967, at the Cathedral of St. John
the Evangelist, Milwaukee.
Father Mateljan was appointed to his first assignment on
June 27, 1967, to serve as curate at St. James Parish, Kenosha. He was assigned
as associate pastor for St. Agnes Parish, Milwaukee, on October 28, 1969, and
on March 31, 1970, began serving as associate pastor for St. Patrick Parish,
Fond du Lac. He was appointed to UW-Milwaukee’s campus ministry on April 4,
1972, and was released for continuing studies at Fordham University, Bronx, on
June 15, 1976. Upon returning to Milwaukee in September of 1977, Father
Mateljan was appointed director for Downtown Campus Ministry. While remaining
director of Downtown Campus Ministry, he was appointed on September 5, 1978, as
the archdiocesan director of Campus Ministry. On February 10, 1981, Father was
appointed associate pastor for Sacred Heart Parish in Fond du Lac, and on
October 20, 1981, was appointed administrator for St. Wenceslaus Parish, Ripon,
and coordinator of campus ministry for the Ripon area. While continuing to
serve St. Wenceslaus Parish, he was appointed the parish’s pastor on August 4,
1983. Father was appointed the administrator and pastoral team member for St.
George Parish, Kenosha, on August 17, 1984, and became the parish’s pastor on
June 5, 1987. He was appointed the pastor for St. Stephen’s Parish, Milwaukee
(airport), on February 20, 1990. Granted a special leave on June 1, 1992,
Father was released to work with the Servants of the Paraclete, St. Louis, on
January 15, 1993. He was appointed the administrator for St. Catherine Parish,
Mapleton, on September 27, 1994. Father was appointed the chaplain for Marian
College, Fond du Lac, on August 1, 1995, and on February 3, 2003, was appointed
chaplain for St. Luke Medical Center, Milwaukee. On August 21, 2007, he was
appointed a shared associate pastor for Holy Name and Sts. Clement and Dominic
Parishes, Sheboygan, and on June 9, 2008, he was appointed chaplain for
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee. Father served also in
temporary assignments (1994-1995) at St. Therese Parish, Kenosha, St Kilian
Parish, Hartford, St. Catherine Parish, Mapleton and Immaculate Conception
Parish, Sheboygan. He retired from active ministry on August 31, 2009.
Father Mateljan is survived by nephews Glen (Laura) Mateljan
and Richard A. Mateljan Jr., other nieces, nephews and many friends and
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Father Mateljan
will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 200 South Peters Avenue, Fond du Lac. Priest friends and
former colleagues are invited to concelebrate; please bring an alb and white
Visitation will also take place at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, beginning at 9:30 am until the funeral liturgy.
As he requested, memorials in Father Mateljan’s name can be
directed to The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes or Agnesian Hospice
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