STATEN ISLAND, NY – A Staten Island high school is in mourning after one of its students was found dead at home on Friday morning.
Michael Bielawski, 14, was identified as the deceased by Monsignor Farrell president and CEO Lou Tobacco. Bielawski died of natural causes, according to Tobacco.
“Michael was a bright young man with a smile that lit up a room,” a distraught and emotional Tobacco told the Advance / SILive.com on Saturday. “Michael was a soccer player and a good student who loved Farrell. He was loved by his friends and brought a positive energy to the building; he was one of our Vir Fidelis – a faithful man. ”
Tobacco added that along with the school’s own guidance counselors, staff and coaches, specialized grief counselors have been on hand to help students cope with the loss, and will remain at the school for as long as needed. School clergy and students have also been gathering together regularly to recite the rosary.
A Mass in honor of Bielawski will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 10 am in the Monsigner Farrell High School gymnasium at 2900 Amboy Rd., And is open to the public. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 23, from 4 to 8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home at 2819 Hylan Blvd. in New Dorp.
Information regarding how the community can assist the family financially will be announced within the next several days by school officials on social media, Tobacco said.
“As a father of four, your heart breaks for this family, Tobacco added. “At Farrell, it’s brotherhood first, and this one stings.”
During its graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, Monsignor Farrell paid tribute to Bielawski, with Bishop Edmund Whalen beginning the commencement with a recitation of a prayer in honor of the 14-year-old.