Rev. Mike Dobrosky
The Rev. Mike Dobrosky, age 69, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Miss., and Oblate of the order of St. Benedict, passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his home in Clinton Miss., while under the care of Hospice Ministries.
Fr. Mike had been fighting a recurrence of gall bladder cancer. He was born in Lorain, Ohio, in 1941, to Peter and Mary (Demyan) Dobrosky. He attended and graduated from Lorain Ohio High School 1959.
He served over 20 years in the United States Air Force with assignments in England, New Mexico, Washington, D. C., Saigon Vietnam, Australia, Colorado Springs, and Keesler AFB Miss., where he retired in 1980. During his military career he earned a Bronze Star and three Air Force Commendation medals. He also met his wife of 42 years, Barbara (Urban) of Listie, Pa. They were married on Dec. 7, 1968.
He was a 1983 graduate of the University of Southern Miss., in Hattiesburg, a 1986 graduate of Seabury- Western Theological Seminary in Evanston Ill., and a graduate of the Pecos Benedictine Monastery of Spiritual Directors in Pecos N. M.
During his years of ordained ministry he served from 1986-1989 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen Miss.; 1989-1979 at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Miss.; 1979-2006 at Church of the Mediator in Meridian Miss., where he retired,; 2006-2007 Church of the Creator Clinton, Miss., as Interim Priest; and in 2009-2010 he served as Priest–in-Charge at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Crystal Springs, Miss.
During Fr. Mike’s time of ordained ministry, he was very instrumental in establishing the first Episcopal School of the Permanent Diaconate in Miss. Fr. Mike, along with an ecumenical team, started and became involved in a ministry for persons with HIV/AIDs at the Whispering Pines Hospice in South Jackson. At the Mediator in Meridian he formed a community to provide fellowship for gay and lesbian persons within the community. He was also well known for his Spiritual Director skills.
He will be remembered as a fighter of justice, a prophetic voice, a visionary, for his bold stand on issues that most would not tackle, for his strong personality, for his compassion for others, for his no-nonsense approach to life, for his laughter, for his teachings, for his “bits to ponder,” and for his Byzantine Catholic roots that grounded him.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; two sisters: Pat Darvas and Kathy Lucas; two sisters-in-law: Cheryl Lohr and Ginny Chabol (Jerry); brother-in-law Greg Urban (Misty); five nieces; five nephews; multiple grand nieces and nephews; and special friends: Dr. Jobe Wilder (Peggy), Bob White (Joyce) and their families, and Rev. Ann Whitaker. Many thanks to support system of friends and care team, especially CNA Annette Davis.
Funeral services are at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Meridian Miss., Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, beginning at noon. Following the funeral mass, an internment of ashes will take place in the columbarium at the church Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, Miss., is assisting with arrangements.. Then all are welcome for a celebration, lunch and informal visitation in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the reduction of the parish hall mortgage at All Saints Episcopal Church, 147 Daniel Lake Rd, Jackson MS 39212.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.sebrellfuneralhome.com