The Reverend Casimir A. Paluck


The Reverend Casimir A. Paluck, 88, passed away at the Benedictine Living Community in Bismarck on January 29, 2023.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ­­12:00 PM, on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck, with the Most Reverend David D. Kagan, Bishop of Bismarck, as celebrant.  The priests of the Diocese of Bismarck will concelebrate.  Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M. with a prayer vigil at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, February 2 at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Visitation will continue one hour prior to Mass on Friday.  Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Dickinson, ND at a later date.

Father Paluck was born on September 2, 1934, in Belfield, ND, to Casmir and Rose (Custer) Paluck.  He was raised ­­­­­­­­­on the family farm near Belfield and attended rural grade school and later graduated from the Assumption Abbey High School in Richardton, ND.  Father Paluck continued his education at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN for two years followed by two years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, MN.  He then continued his studies at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN.  He was ordained by Bishop Hilary B. Hacker, Bishop of Bismarck, on May 20, 1961, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck.

Father Paluck’s first assignment in the Diocese of Bismarck was Assistant Pastor at the Church of St. Mary, Bismarck until 1967.  He earned an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Grand Forks.  He then served as Administrator at the Churches of St. Hildegard, Menoken, and St. Anthony, Driscoll.  For several years he was a teacher at St. Mary’s Central High School, Bismarck.  His next assignment was Assistant Pastor at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for two years.  He then returned to the Churches of St. Hildegard and St. Anthony as Pastor until 1973.  Father Paluck then became Pastor at the Church of St. Mary, New England and as Administrator at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Amidon.  He spent the next ten years serving as Pastor at the Church of St. Patrick, Dickinson.  From 1993 – 2001 he was the Pastor of the Catholic Indian Mission.  These parishes included St. Peter, Fort Yates, St. Elizabeth, Cannon Ball; St. James, Porcupine; St. Philomena, Selfridge; and Sacred Heart, Solen.  For the next four months he served as Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Joseph, Mandan.  His next assignment was Pastor at the Churches of St. Joseph, Bowbells; and St. John the Baptist, Portal until 2003.  He also served as the Administrator at the Church of St. Patrick, Crosby, and St. Luke, Noonan, for three months.   Father Paluck then became Parochial Vicar at the Churches of Christ the King, Mandan; St. Martin, Huff; and St. Anthony, St. Anthony; until he retired July 1, 2004.  In his retirement, Father Paluck continued to substitute in parishes throughout the diocese and also served as the Director of Continuing Education for Clergy and provided Sunday Mass at the Church of St. Vincent, Crown Butte.

Father Paluck is survived by his sister, Bernie Jacobs; nieces and nephews, Jon (Traci) Jacobs, Laura (Fred) Selensky, Ryan (Trish) Jacobs, David (Aileen) Paluck, Mark Paluck, and Mary Jo (Cesar) Lopes; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Paluck; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ray; and brother-in-law, Melvin Jacobs.

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It has been such a reward and privilege to know this wonderful Priest since I was a 6 year old because he was at Assumption Abbey with my brother Nick, and I am now 80 years old. He came to our family farm at St. Anthony many times with my brother while in high school at the Abbey. The good Lord is taking him home and we are happy for him.

Leona (Reisenauer) Koch

He hired me for my very first teaching position at NESM in 1981. I resided with Father in the newly built rectory my first year there. We shared lots of salads and pizza together!! Many fond memories. The absolute kindest man I have ever encountered. A true priest in every sense!! Carry On Father!!

Bernie and family I am so sorry for your loss of this kind, gentle man. My mom worked with him on the NESM foundation and my dad converted to Catholicism through him. He was a humble, quiet Christian who will be remembered.

What a nice man. He is the padre that we had our marriage classes with and married Colleen and I. Last time we saw him was in Dickinson at the Dakota Diner Truck Stop, I seen him sitting at a table by himself and went over and asked him to join us at our table, He was not sure who we were but, we started visiting and within seconds Father Cas knew who we were! It was a GREAT time !!! So sorry for the loss, We will always remember this GREAT Man!!! R.I.P. Father Casmir Paluck!!!!!!

Fr. Cas was such a happy priest! We had a memorable time with him a few years ago when we traveled to Bowbells for my Uncle Lyle Sundin’s funeral. Brought back from PA, my uncle wanted Fr. Paluck to preside at his funeral. He LOVED him! We prayed the rosary as we traveled to/from Minot where we spent the night! Fr. Paluck shared so many delightful stories. Family was thrilled to have him there. How we shall miss him and are so grateful to have known him, such a special, joy filled priest! May he rest in peace!

So sorry to hear about Fr. Paluck’s passing. Nick was a classmate of his at the Abbey. We always enjoyed visiting and spending time with him Masses will be offered up for him. May he enjoy eternal life in heaven now.

Fr. Paluck was my counselor, advisor, mentor and confessor in my teen years at St Marys Central High School in the early 70s. I attribute my much of my steadfastness to my Catholic faith to this wonderful Priest. The last time I talked with him, maybe a year and a half ago at a funeral, he remembered me by name. I will always remember his soft, gentle, calming voice, and his great compassion for everyone to which he ministered. Rest in peace Fr. Paluck, and may the angels carry you to the place in our Father’s kingdom that the Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for you.

I had just seen father last month well he was in the hospital. My uncle was in the hospital at the same time. I had ask to have a couple of rosary blessed when they took me to the priest who was going to bless them to my surprise it was father Paluck. I asked if he remembered me and he he says o yes my sweetheart Angela. We had a short visit about the history of the churches on Standing Rock.
RIP Father.

Saddened to hear the loss of a wonderful person and Priest. My memories of Father Paluck go back to my childhood at St. Bernard’s Parish in Belfield ND. Father truly did God’s work with “joy” and “humility”. Bernadette accept my condolences and thank you for sharing your brother with so many of God’s earthly family. Father intersected so many lives….making a difference.
Lydia Duletski Fewless

On behalf of all the residents at St. Gabriel’s Benedictine Assisted Living Community, I express my sympathies to Fr. Paluck’s sister, Bernie, and his extended family. As a resident of St. Gabriel’s, Fr. Cas was a true blessing to all who knew him. I had the great pleasure of being a table mate with Fr. Cas for lunches and dinners this last year. Fr. Cas was a man for all seasons. His personality naturally drew others to him, with his keen sense of humor and hearty laugh, along with his gentile spirit and wise counsel. Fr. Cas was a man for all seasons, because he had a natural curiosity about all aspects of life: starting with his education on the farm where one becomes a jack-of-all trades by necessity, his appreciation for the wonders of the universe and academic studies, His love for the Lord called him to the priesthood. As a priest, he pastored his parishioners by recognizing that he should spend time partaking of community activities to show he cared about people’s every day lives. Fr. Cas was a wonderful conversationalist who made people feet comfortable to share their experiences with him. At each season of his life, Fr. Cas was always present to face the challenges with a joyful, faith-filled servant’s life. We are truly blessed to have known him. May the soul of Fr. Cas rest in peace eternally in Heaven.