Msgr. William J. Capik, who was ordained a priest for the Trenton Diocese but served his ministry primarily in the Metuchen Diocese, died Jan. 27 at Incarnate Word Village, San Antonio, Texas. He was 94.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 5 in St. James Church, Basking Ridge, followed by a private burial.
Msgr. Capik was born in Perth Amboy and attended St. Charles High School Seminary, Catonsville, Md., and St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, Md. He also held a master of science degree in school administration from Fordham University, N.Y., and served in Catholic education in the Dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen for more than 15 years as a teacher and as an administrator.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Trenton by Bishop George W. Ahr June 4, 1955, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. He served in St. Ann Parish, Hampton, and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, before serving as athletic director of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, then as principal of Holy Cross High School, Delran.
As pastor, he served in St. Michael Parish, Trenton, and St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish, New Brunswick, before becoming pastor of St. James Parish, Basking Ridge, in 1981, just before the Diocese of Metuchen was created.
In April 1979, Msgr. Capik was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness the Pope. Among his various diocesan responsibilities, he served as the first vicar for education for the Diocese of Metuchen from 1981 to 1985, as well as serving on the diocesan Council for Financial Affairs, and as vicar for Charities and Social Ministry. Msgr. Capik also served as a mentor to first-time pastors.
Msgr. Capik retired in June 2005, after 24 years of service to St. James Parish.
Predeceased by his parents, John Capik and Anna Capik and a sister-in-law, Msgr. Capik is survived by his brother, Richard, two nieces and several great-nieces and great nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diocese of Metuchen - Seminarian Education Fund at https://diometuchen.org, or The Center for Great Expectations at https://www.cge-nj.org.