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Remembering Rev. Ronald Jakows | South Philly Review

A Passyunk Square pastor passed away seven months after beginning his duties.

By Joseph Myers
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 4 | Posted Feb. 17, 2011

Rev. Ronald Jakows endeared himself to two Passyunk Square schools during his ministry. The first-time pastor last year celebrated 20 years as a priest.

Photo by Annunciation BVM School

At 6-foot-8, Rev. Ronald M. Jakows stood more closely to heaven than most. Though impressive, his physical prowess was miniscule when compared with his spiritual renown among the parishioners at his Passyunk Square church.

Seven months into his first pastoral assignment at Annunciation BVM, 1511 S. 10th St., Jakows further endeared himself to his community, continuing a local vocation that included two-year stints as chaplain and president at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St. Those believers lost a great friend Feb. 2, when a heart attack claimed their 46-year-old pastor.

Monsignor Kevin C. Lawrence, the Archdiocese’s Philadelphia South Vicariate regional vicar and North Philadelphia’s St. Malachy pastor, has assisted to lessen the pain among Jakows’ flock.

Rev. Gary Pacitti met Jakows during their seminary days, sharing a formation assignment at the Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf.

“He had a phenomenal faith,” Pacitti, who preceded Jakows at Annunciation, said.

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