Faith in Action Blog
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the death of Angela Baird (’00), a champion of life. May her soul, and those of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kevin Long (’77), as well as the consolation of his beloved wife, Martha (Schaeffer ’76), and their family. After struggling for many years with multiple illnesses, Mr. Long died on August 19 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Long was born August 2, 1955, the only son of James and Esther Long. He is survived by his wife, Martha; his mother-in-law, Jane D. Schaeffer; sisters-in-law, Anne Forsyth (’81), Mary Richard (’82), Joan Waxtein (’85), and Laura Langley (’89); and 22 nieces and nephews: Jane (’11) and Michael Forsyth (’14); John (’13), Carmel (’15), Jeannette (’17), Robert (’13), Thomas, Dominic, and Paul Richard; Bernardo, Gabrielle, and Joseph Waxtein; and David (’15), Aaron (’16), Clare, Margaret, Kathleen, Gianna, Emma, Laura, Marie, and Celine Langley. He was preceded in death by his devoted brother-in-law, George Forsyth, his beloved father-in-law, John E. Schaeffer (a founding member of the College’s Board of Governors), and his mother, Esther Long.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Thomas Aquinas College, 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060. May his soul, and those of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Rev. Matthew Busch (’04) is the College’s 60th alumnus priest, having received the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the hands of the Most Rev. Gregory Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, on May 10. This photo from his ordination, which took place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola, comes courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, Tallahassee, of which Fr. Busch is a member, and for which he now serves as a Faithful Friar. Fr. Busch will begin his first priestly assignment on July 1 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee, where he also served as a transitional deacon.
Please be sure to keep this new priest in your prayers — and Deo gratias!
The Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary website has published the obituary and funeral information below for Peter Daniel Doran II (’06), who died last week. Please continue to pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family.
Peter Daniel Doran II
Peter Daniel Doran II passed away suddenly June 4, 2014, from a pulmonary embolism that caused cardiac arrest. Born December 4, 1984, in Denver, he was 29 years old. Peter graduated high school from Colorado Catholic Academy in Wheat Ridge in 2002. He continued his education at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy and theology in 2006. He went on to earn a Master of Accountancy from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2012. He earned his CPA in 2014.
He is survived by his parents, Peter and Lou Ann Doran; three of his grandparents, Johanna Doran, and Hugh and Mary Hogan; his four siblings, Mary Kate, Mark, Kevin, and Sam; and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins whom he loved so well.
Peter was a most gentle son, a beloved brother, and a faithful friend. He served at Mass as an altar boy for much of his life. He taught the Holy Catholic Faith to others for years. He became an Extraordinary Minster of Holy Communion in 2014. He was a learned defender of the Faith. He loved hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, especially conquering fourteeners with a bottle of Chimay to share with his fellow climbers. He constantly strove to console and comfort those in need. He made the best buttery, flaky, sweet apple pie. He will be sorely missed.
There will be a viewing from 6:00-7:00 pm June, 10, 2014, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm. His funeral Mass will be at 10 am Wednesday, June 11, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge. A reception will follow at Holy Ghost. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and the Carmelite Monastery of Littleton.
Please pray for the soul of Peter Doran (’06), who died suddenly yesterday morning due to an illness. “He was a truly gentle soul,” says Director of Alumni Relations Mark Kretschmer (’99), who asks that fellow alumni and friends of the College also pray for the consolation of the Doran family.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Lora (Calhoun ’78) McClamrock sends along the following prayer request for her husband, David (’85):
As many of you know, my husband David has been diagnosed with kidney failure on account of BPH (swelling of the prostate gland). The doctors say there is a 100 percent need for surgery. David has great devotion to Bl. Margaret of Castello, a patron of life. Please join us in praying this novena for a complete cure, that she may receive the miracle she needs for canonization.
And, please continue to pray for our family.
May God bless you, and may you have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Lora
To obtain her intercession
Almighty and Eternal God, the comfort of the afflicted, the strength of the burdened and the hope of the unwanted; may the prayers of those who call on you in any trouble be heard by you; so that all may rejoice to be helped by your Mercy in their need.
V. Pray for us, Bl. Margaret.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
O God, who wished Blessed Margaret be blind from birth so that the eyes of her soul, enlightened by your grace, might more clearly see the value of spiritual realities: graciously grant that we may perceive the hidden dangers in the world of darkness and safely reach our home of eternal light. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Bl. Margaret of Castello
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, glorify your servant Bl. Margaret, by granting the favor we so ardently desire. This we ask in humble submission to God’s will, for His honor and glory and the salvation of souls.
(Dominican Nuns, Summit, N.J.)
From Director of Alumni Relations Mark Kretschmer (’99):
Eric Stoutz (’93) passed away peacefully early this morning.
He and his family have been praying that his death would bring about great good for many people. As we continue to pray for Eric and his family, let us also lift up this intention.
Thank you all for your prayers.
Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Director of Alumni Relations Mark Kretschmer (’99) has sent out the following prayer request for Eric Stoutz (’93):
As you know, Eric has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and has recently started receiving chemotherapy. Eric, Monica (Chavez ’92), and their eight children have felt buoyed up by all our prayerful support. After being taken to the emergency room yesterday, he is now stabilized after a serious episode with internal bleeding. He is not out of the woods yet and is on a respirator. The family is asking that we pray a Divine Mercy Chaplet today at 3:00 p.m. (or when you get this) for Eric and his family.
Let us join together in praying a Chaplet for Eric’s health, for Monica’s strength, for the well-being of their dear children, and guidance for his healthcare professionals.
Please pray. Updates about Eric’s condition are available via the Prayers for Eric Stoutz Facebook page.
Rosary: Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel
Graveside service: Immediately following the Funeral Mass, Santa Paula Cemetery, located off Santa Paula Street at 380 Cemetery Road
Reception: The Grimm’s home in Ojai at 10882 Creek Road
If planning to attend the reception,
please consider bringing a finger food or dessert.
Thomas Aquinas College chaplain Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem. (’78), reports that a beloved alumna, Rosie Grimm (’10), passed into eternity earlier this evening after a protracted battle with cancer. She died surrounded by her family, who had just completed praying the Rosary. It was the most peaceful and beautiful death, Fr. Hildebrand says, that he has ever seen.
Rosie’s brother Jack (’15) has sent out the following reflection to friends and family:
My sweet sister Rosie died at about 6:20 tonight, after praying the Rosary with the family. She has been the most wonderful example of courage and faith that I have ever known or seen, as well as being a deeply encouraging and loving friend.
“Where shall we find a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend?”
I look forward to seeing her again. May she rest in peace.
Please pray for the repose of Rosie’s soul and the consolation of her family.
Bl. Miguel Pro, pray for us!