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Rev. Joseph Correnti Sr.

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Background

Employment History

  • Member of - Religion Bulletin Board
    Prodigy
  • Pastor
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church
  • Parish Priest
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church
  • Pastor
    St. Agnes
  • Pastor
    St. Anne's Church
  • Pastor
    St. Raphael
  • Pastor
    St. Joseph
  • Next Pastor

Education

  • Catholic High School
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Clergy Obituaries - Religion Bulletin Board
religion.bb.prodigy.net, 30 Sept 2002 [cached]
For me personally, Fr. Correnti was my pastor and my spiritual director while I lived in Little Rock, and a Good Friend.He was also very much my mentor, and it's Fr. Correnti and his giudance and support that I have to thank for my being a Certified Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator today!!Fr. Correnti knew me better than I knew myself, and he was even going to mary my wife and I in 1994 before getting physically sick and needing to take a six-month sabbatical (leave of absence).He was a VERY holy and humble priest, indeed, a "Priestly Priest."
Rest in Peace Fr. Correnti!!
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Rev. Joseph Correnti
Tontitown, AR, April 6, 2002: Father Joseph Correnti, 56, of Tontitown died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 in Fayetteville.He was born March 18, 1946 in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph and Bertha Correnti.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1972.His early assignments in Arkansas included associate pastorates at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith and Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock.He also served as pastor of St. Agnes in Mena; and later as pastor of St. Anne's Church, North Little Rock.
At the time of his untimely death, he was serving as pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tontitown.
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Father Correnti was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Correnti Sr.; his mother, Bertha; and one brother.
The Morning News :: News
www.mornews.com, 10 April 2002 [cached]
Correnti Remembered As Caring Friend, Counselor Tue, Apr 09, 2002
Large turnout proof of priest's effect on lives, church officials say
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Correnti, parish priest for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown and, until last year, St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springdale, died last week.His funeral Mass was Monday at St. Raphael's.
The crowd included more than 50 priests and nuns from throughout Arkansas and a Knights of Columbus honor guard.
Correnti was found dead at a Fayetteville home Wednesday morning of apparent carbon-monoxide poisoning.Correnti was found in a vehicle in a closed garage at 1533 Starr Drive while another vehicle in the garage was running.Police have ruled the death a suicide.
In a note written by Correnti and found by police, he asked for forgiveness and described many years of depression.
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Malone, a longtime friend and church colleague of Correnti's, said it was a "boot in the necessary place" from Correnti 32 years ago that kept him in seminary after a "less than stellar" first year.
Malone said Correnti sat him down for a serious discussion when Malone considered leaving priestly studies."(It is) by the grace of God and Joe Correnti that I continued in the priesthood," he said.
In consoling the gathered mourners, Malone said, "I doubt we will ever know the harsh reason why Joe Correnti committed suicide," and added that he did not expect anyone who has not suffered it to "truly understand the darkness of depression."
But Malone said Correnti had a winning way as a man and as a priest -- an ability to be a true and caring friend.Malone said that ability had been recognized by an unknown parishioner who had presented Correnti with a plaque that Malone had believed was the most fitting testimony to his friend.
That plaque, Malone said, was engraved, "Oh, the comfort.The inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person.Having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out just as they are chaff and grain together -- knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and then with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
Sartain noted that the number of mourners "speaks to your love for Father Joe and to his love for you.
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Sartain also thanked the many parishioners who had offered their words of condolence to Correnti's fellow priests.
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Correnti, 56, was interred later at St. Joseph Cemetery in Tontitown.
A resident of Northwest Arkansas since age 12, he was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Andrews on May 20, 1972.He served at a number of churches in Arkansas, including Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith, Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock, St. Agnes in Mena, St. Anne in North Little Rock, St. John Church in Russellville and St. Paul in Pocahontas.
He had been pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown since February 1995, while also serving as pastor of St. Raphael's from August 1996 until last August.
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Correnti, parish priest for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown and, until last year, St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springdale, died last week.His funeral Mass was Monday at St. Raphael's.The crowd included more than 50 priests and nuns from throughout Arkansas and a Knights of Columbus honor guard.Correnti was found dead at a Fayetteville home Wednesday morning of apparent carbon-monoxide poisoning.Correnti was found in a vehicle in a closed garage at 1533 Starr Drive while another vehicle in the garage was running.Police have ruled the death a suicide.In a note written by Correnti and found by police, he asked for forgiveness and described many years of depression.
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Malone, a longtime friend and church colleague of Correnti's, said it was a "boot in the necessary place" from Correnti 32 years ago that kept him in seminary after a "less than stellar" first year.Malone said Correnti sat him down for a serious discussion when Malone considered leaving priestly studies."(It is) by the grace of God and Joe Correnti that I continued in the priesthood," he said.In consoling the gathered mourners, Malone said, "I doubt we will ever know the harsh reason why Joe Correnti committed suicide," and added that he did not expect anyone who has not suffered it to "truly understand the darkness of depression."But Malone said Correnti had a winning way as a man and as a priest -- an ability to be a true and caring friend.Malone said that ability had been recognized by an unknown parishioner who had presented Correnti with a plaque that Malone had believed was the most fitting testimony to his friend.That plaque, Malone said, was engraved, "Oh, the comfort.The inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person.Having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out just as they are chaff and grain together -- knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and then with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."Sartain noted that the number of mourners "speaks to your love for Father Joe and to his love for you.
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Sartain also thanked the many parishioners who had offered their words of condolence to Correnti's fellow priests.
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Correnti, 56, was interred later at St. Joseph Cemetery in Tontitown.A resident of Northwest Arkansas since age 12, he was ordained at the Cathedral of St. Andrews on May 20, 1972.He served at a number of churches in Arkansas, including Immaculate Conception in Fort Smith, Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock, St. Agnes in Mena, St. Anne in North Little Rock, St. John Church in Russellville and St. Paul in Pocahontas.He had been pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown since February 1995, while also serving as pastor of St. Raphael's from August 1996 until last August.
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NWANews.com - Northwest Arkansas News on the web
www.recordtimes.com, 6 April 2002 [cached]
JOSEPH CORRENTIThe Rev. Joseph Correnti, 56, of Tontitown died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Fayetteville.
Born March 18, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Joseph and Bertha Correnti.
He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in 1972.His early assignments included associate pastorates at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith and Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock.He served as pastor of St. Agnes in Mena, St. Anne's Church in Little Rock, St. John's Church in Russellville, St. Paul Church in Pocahontas and Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock.He was pastor of St. Joseph Church in Tontitown since February 1995 while also serving as pastor of St. Raphael's in Springdale from August 1996 to August 2001.
He was diocesan director of vocations and director of youth ministries from June 1981 to July 1987, then served two years as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas.He served the diocese on the Clergy Personnel Board and the Clergy Welfare Board as well as the Presbyteral Council, which he currently chaired.
NWANews.com - Northwest Arkansas News on the web
www.nwanews.com, 4 April 2002 [cached]
A friend found Correnti, 56, sitting in a car next to a car with its engine running.He left a suicide note saying he had been depressed for years and felt isolated, Fayetteville police Lt.
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Correnti was pastor of St. Joseph's, where about 350 families attend, and had been pastor of the 3,000-member St. Raphael Church in Springdale until last fall.
Arkansas' bishop, the Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, and Monsignor Francis Malone, the Little Rock diocese chancellor for canonical affairs, traveled to Tontitown Wednesday afternoon to address the congregation at a 6:30 p.m. Mass.
Sartain told the congregation to remember that God loves Joseph Correnti and always will.
Speaking to the children in the congregation he said, "If you have a heavy heart ask someone, tell someone, because that's how God works, through each other."
The church's sanctuary was packed to capacity Wednesday night, as Sartain and Malone conducted Mass.
"Suicide is a very shocking thing to us all," the bishop said."We've all felt this pain and its it's shocking because we ask many questions: 'Why didn't we know?Why didn't we have a chance to help?' The important thing to remember is that Father Correnti didn't know what he was doing.For a moment he forgot that he was surrounded by thousands who loved him.But we won't forget how much he loved us."
Sartain told parishioners that grief counselors would be available to speak with them after the services.
Dennis Lee, a spokesman for the Little Rock diocese, said the bishop probably would make funeral arrangements for Correnti and name a replacement for the church.
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Lee declined to comment on the death, except to say a suicide note at the scene said Correnti had been depressed.
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"Words can't say enough about him," said Jettie Franco, 68, a member of the Tontitown congregation who often took care of the church while Correnti was out of town.
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Franco said Correnti left a message on her answering machine Monday afternoon asking her to cancel each morning's 7:30 Mass for the rest of the week.
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Tabor said Correnti was found in the garage of a house belonging to Richard Ardemagni on Starr Drive in Fayetteville.
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Correnti was dead in a car when police arrived, Tabor said.
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Another car in the garage had been running, and Correnti is assumed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, he said.
Correnti left a one-page, typewritten suicide note saying he had been depressed for years.
"I've heard people say they love me but [I] never really could know it or feel it," Tabor quoted the note as saying.
He said Correnti also wrote, "I realize this is probably the most selfish thing I've ever done."
He said police didn't plan to order an autopsy and considered the death a suicide.
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Correnti was ordained May 20, 1972.He attended school through eighth grade at St. Vincent DePaul in Rogers and graduated from Catholic High School in Little Rock in 1964.
He served churches in Fort Smith, Mena, Russellville, Dardanelle, North Little Rock and Pocahontas.He was pastor of Our Lady of Holy Souls Church in Little Rock for three years before taking over as pastor of churches in Springdale and Tontitown in 1995.
From the Democrat-GazetteNorthwest Arkansas News Priest dies in suicide, police say Friends recall priest's concern
Saint John Catholic Church
www.saintjohnrussellville.org, 15 July 2012 [cached]
Rev. Joseph Correnti became the next pastor to celebrate in our new church.
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