Matt C. Abbott
Brian Kindzia, R.I.P.
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By Matt C. Abbott
August 2, 2020

Dedicated Catholic and pro-life activist Brian Kindzia died July 26. He was only 45.

Kindzia was a reader of my column and occasionally sent me emails. In 2009, I published an email of his regarding his arrest at the University of Notre Dame when he and a number of other pro-lifers protested the university’s decision to host pro-abortion President Barack Obama as commencement speaker and award him an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Kindzia’s most recent email to me (and others), dated May 19, was about the late Norma McCorvey: “As some of you may know, I was friends with Norma McCorvey…. I can testify that not only was she pro-life but also was very Catholic. She sent me many emails about the Faith.”

Kindzia’s obituary is as follows:

    Brian M. Kindzia, 45, entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 26, 2020. The loving son of David and Renee (Skurzewski) Kindzia was the youngest of six children born on July 7, 1975.

    He was a 1993 graduate of Lewiston Porter High School; earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Niagara University and an MBA from Georgia State. He studied in London, and traveled to Spain, China and Paris where he attended the Beatification of Frederick Ozanam, the founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, celebrated by Pope John Paul II.

    He worked as an accountant and financial analyst in Atlanta for ten years, including the Atlanta Thrashers NHL Hockey Franchise.

    After entering the seminary, he returned to WNY to actively work with many religious orders and foundations. Brian was very spiritual and if you were ever admitted to the hospital you can be sure he would arrive to pray the rosary with you and your family whether your stay was short or facing the end of life.

    Brian is survived by his parents, David and Renee Kindzia; siblings, Anne (Kevin) Kulikowski, Barbara (Alan) Tewsley, Paul (Angela) Kindzia, Debora (Matt) Browne, and Stephanie (James) Baptiste; six nieces and nephews, Jack and Julia Tewsley, Eliza and Sophie Browne, and Nathan and Gabby Kulikowski; also survived by uncles, Michael (Helene) Skurzewski and John Kindzia; aunt, Susan Skurzewski; and cousin, Cathy Paonessa.

    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John de LaSalle Church with Rev. Slawomir Siok officiating. Burial followed in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

    Arrangements entrusted to THE LABUDA FUNERAL HOME, INC.

May he rest in the peace of Christ.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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