The Passing of Mark Pacione

Mark Pacione died on December 29, 2014

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. Amen.

Mark PacioneMark David Pacione

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry mourns the loss of a great friend, colleague, and servant of God.

Mark was a current member of the CYFUSA Board of Directors and PAC (the Partnership on Adolescent Catechesis) as well as a former diocesan director of youth ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore and member of the NFCYM Board of Directors.

Mark Pacione worked at the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Catholic Center for almost thirty years. To tell the story of Mark Pacione, one needs only to look at his desk at the Catholic Center. There is a picture of Mark and his wife Carol, whom he loved beyond all measure, and a picture of his daughter Beth, who was the apple of his eye. There are pictures of young people walking the streets of Baltimore on a pilgrimage that he created and that has become an annual event in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. There are cards from friends and notes from people that he had inspired over the years. There are words of inspiration, prayers, and stacks and stacks of different projects! "Mark was a family man, a minister of the Gospel, a friend, a mentor to many, and a son of the Church," said Ruth Puls, longtime friend and colleague.

Collage of images: Mark PacioneMark worked in Youth Ministry and eventually in planning and research for the Archdiocese. He contributed significantly to the mission of the Archdiocese but Archbishop William Lori said, "It was Mark's persistent optimism, friendly nature, and unwavering goodness that most will remember about him. Mark's death is a tremendous loss for our entire family of faith and we will miss him greatly." Tim Janiszewski, a youth minister in the archdiocese who was mentored by Mark added, "Mark was so admired by his colleagues, friends, and family because his joy was genuinely rooted in his faith and it radiated from him; when you were with Mark, you experienced that joy too and you wanted what he had."

Mark was the producer of the morning program when Pope John Paul II came to Baltimore. It was his second time helping to put together an event for the pope. He had been tapped previously to help produce the opening and closing ceremonies of World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado in 1993. His love for young people, his talent and creativity, and his zeal for and knowledge of the faith made him a natural choice.

Mark volunteered in youth ministry at Saint Pius X parish, where his wife is the pastoral life director. Carol and Mark were both papal honorees, recognized as Knight and Lady of the Holy Sepulcher. He worked with the Confirmation program, took young people to work camp, and shared retreat, prayer, pizza and laughter with them.

Mark’s advocacy and witness for the young Catholic Church had significant impact not only at the parish and archdiocesan level, but nationally. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), 1995-2001, and was serving on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Youth Foundation USA (CYFUSA). In 2000 he received the National Youth Ministry Award from NFCYM for his contributions at the National Level. Mark was serving on the leadership team on the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis.

Dr. Robert J. McCarty, executive director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, said "Mark’s passion for his faith, his love of young people, and his creative leadership in ministry were grounded in his commitment to creating disciples of Jesus Christ. He lived a Gospel-based life and our faith is stronger because of his influence and witness." Just this past summer Mark went to Alaska to share the Gospel with various ministers in North Pole, Alaska.

Mark was truly a renaissance man, who loved to read and to write, to garden and to run, to sketch and to paint, to play the guitar and to write music. He loved good food, good wine and good friends. He could listen a person into existence.

He loved his family. He always took the time to talk about how remarkable his brothers Jeff and Chris were, how much he loved his sister Anita Tebbutt Evetts, what he learned in life from his mother and father, Mary Louise and Primo. He loved his extended family, including Ray Schulmeyer his step-father. He loved getting to know his new son- in-law Ian and his family. But most of all, Mark loved Carol and Beth. They were "the moon and the stars" for him, he would say.

The following arrangements have been made to celebrate the life of Mark David Pacione:

Friday, January 2, 2015, 1:00-9:00 pm

St. Pius X Parish
6428 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Funeral Mass
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 10:00 am

St. Margaret Parish
141 N. Hickory Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21014

can be sent to:

Carol Pacione
1707 Carrs Mill Court
Fallston, MD 21047-1850

Please keep Mark's wife, Carol, their daughter, Beth, son-in-law, Ian, and Mark's mother, Mary Louise, as well as other family and friends in your prayers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Monsignor O'Dwyer Retreat House, P.O. Box 310, 15523 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152 or National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, 415 Michigan Avenue, Suite 40, Washington, DC 20017.

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