Pastor’s Letter May 14th, 2017: Fr. Joseph Petosa, May He Rest In Peace
We have lost a dear member of our community, Fr. Joseph Petosa, a
good man, a holy priest, a good shepherd. He passed away May 5th.
Though he served at many parishes in the Archdiocese we were
blessed to have him here at Holy Rosary almost the last two decades of his life.
He loved his priesthood; he loved Holy Rosary and the people of Holy Rosary.
We are very happy to host Fr. Petosa’s funeral at Holy Rosary and we will do our
best to properly honor Father. Archbishop Sartain will be presiding with some 60
to 70 priests concelebrating.
Fr. Petosa was ordained on May 21, 1955 at St. James Cathedral, Seattle by
Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly. He served as Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help, Everett from 1990 to 1994, Assumption Church, Seattle from 1982 to
1988, St. Luke Church, Shoreline 1971-1982 and St. Mary of the Valley Church
Monroe from 1966 -1971.
He served as Parochial Vicar at Assumption Church, Seattle from 1988-1990, St.
Brendan Church, Bothell from 1965-1966, St. Charles Borromeo Church,
Tacoma from 1964-1965 and Seattle Holy Rosary Church, Seattle from 1955-
1964. He was most often present here at Holy Rosary Parish in his years as a
He was a generous priest in every sense in the word and his joyful spirit, even in
the midst of physical trials, was infectious. We are grateful to God for his nearly
62 years of service as a priest and his time here at Holy Rosary.
Sonny Tremoulet, a parishioner and craftsman, is making an altar to hold the
statue of St. Joseph. This altar will be dedicated to Fr. Joseph Petosa once it is
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.