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Rev. Marcin Andrzej Zahuta

November 23, 1977March 1, 2020
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COLUMBIA—Father Marcin Zahuta, 42, pastor of St. Thomas More Church at the University of South Carolina, died Sunday, March 1, 2020.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 11 a.m. in the Basilica of St. Peter in Columbia. Burial will be at Communal Cemetery Golabkowice in Nowy Sacz, Poland.

Father Zahuta was born Nov. 23, 1977, the fifth child of the late Jozef Zahuta and Emilia Szymanska in Nowy Sacz, Poland. He attended Major Seminary in Tarnow, Poland; and graduated from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., where he earned master’s degrees in divinity and theology. He also holds a license in theology from the University of Cardinal Stephan Wyszynski, Poland. He was ordained and incardinated for the Diocese of Charleston in June 3, 2006. His assignments included serving as parochial vicar at St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken (2006-2007) and St Gregory the Great, Bluffton (2007-2008). He was appointed as chaplain for the St. Thomas More Center at the University of South Carolina in 2008, and elevated to pastor in 2015.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jozef, and brother, Tadeusz Zahuta. He is survived by his mother, Emilia, and three sisters, Iwona Dabrowska, Teresa Zahuta and Kristina Zahuta, all of Poland.


  • Viewing Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Christian Wake Service Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, March 6, 2020


Rev. Marcin Andrzej Zahuta

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Lisa Dosev

March 12, 2020

Thank you Fr. Marcin for pastoring the young souls of St Thomas More. So grateful we got to meet you when we visited Carmen last fall. Rest in Eternal Peace. Prayers for your mom and sisters and all who love you!

Jessica Escobar Alegria

March 9, 2020

It took me time to write this, I am still trying to grasp the sudden death of Father Marcin. Everything that has been said about him, I witnessed it during my 7 years at USC in Columbia from 2011-2017, and I am forever thankful. Father Marcin was unapologetic at evangelizing under our Catholic Faith, I saw how he helped students in their journey through life to get to Heaven. I have my own memories: once I came late to daily Mass, nobody else came and he was there alone saying Mass as scheduled; I asked him to recommend a book about Saint Thomas More, our chapel’s patron Saint, right there he walked to his bookshelf and gave me his own book; my dear nephew came to visit from El Salvador and Father Marcin was available for him to have confession and gave him a card about the Devine Mercy and Saint Faustina. I could list a lot more but want to end up by sharing that Father Marcin always gave me the impression to be in a hurry, always walking fast and acting immediately; now I understand that he had a short life to live and had a mission (we all do), well done Father Marcin (as said by Father Jeffrey F. Kirby
https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2020/03/a-tribute-to-a-priest-who-kept-the-schedule-of-someone-who-believes-in-heaven/ from Crux!

May God help us, his beloved students, family and close friends, to get to God's presence and hear Him too saying " “Well done good and faithful servant.” Forever, thank you Father Marcin.

Patti Giomi

March 9, 2020

Fr. Marcin was a blessing to my family. He came into my life when I was having difficulty with the church. With his guidance and sense of humor I made it past that time. I truly feel that he has made me want to be a better Catholic. God Bless you my friend & thanks for the memories.

Patty Zander

March 8, 2020

An amazing priest who connected with all ages. I looked forward to his homilies and enjoyed seeing all the young people who packed the church each Sunday. He’ll be truly missed but he’s left his presence on all of us. Good job my good and faithful servant.

John Palms

March 8, 2020

Father Marcin,

Thank you for all you did for the University of South Carolina and Columbia. Your faithful voice, influential Christian deeds and ceaseless sense of humor will be heard and carried forward across the Community, State and Country. Thank you also for the times you shared with my parents, John & Norma Palms. They so loved and enjoyed those precious moments together and will never forget them. Your friends and family are in our prayers. God rest your soul in the hands of our Almighty Lord.
John M. Palms, Jr.

Cheryl Nail

March 7, 2020

Father Marcin was a beloved part of our Carolina Faith Communities and UofSC Religious Workers Council. He brought many gifts to our group, but perhaps the greatest and most appreciated of them was his ability to make us laugh and laugh. He will be dearly missed.

Zichron tzadik livracha (may the memory of this righteous man be a blessing)

Andrew Tarbet

March 6, 2020

I just wanted to say best prayers for father Marcin🙏🙏🙏

Jeremy Coliton

March 6, 2020

Father Marcin made an everlasting impact on myself and so many other students at USC. He was relatable and understood us so well, and always knew how to make us laugh. I miss him dearly already. May he rest peacefully and forever look down upon us.

Geordy Hallman

March 6, 2020

What a wonderful Priest and Man. My Wife and are are so Glad to have know him And to learn through his homilies and his prayerful
Life . A Godly Man—
Indeed —
Rest In Peace Fr. Zahuta

Jerry Carroll

March 6, 2020

Fr. Marcin officiated at the burial of my dear wife in 2007. Four year later, my daughter was a student at the University of South Carolina and Fr. Marcin was now there. Fr. Marcin made it a point to offer Holy Mass for my wife on her birthday every year my daughter was there. We are so very grateful. May Fr. Marcin rest in Christ's peace.