Blessed repose of +Father Joseph Francavilla

Oh Christ God, with the Saints, grant rest to the soul of your servant Joseph in a place where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing, but everlasting life.

ZP

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May he rest in peace. I will add him to my list of deceased priests for prayers.

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I believe I met him one time. A friend of mine and I drove over to his church in Great Falls, for a reason that I do not recall. When I would hear people talking about him, rube that I was, I thought they were saying “Father Frank Avilla”, and did not understand why they found it necessary to use his entire name. Dona eis requiem / memory eternal!

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Memory eternal.

Fr. Joseph was my pastor for several years and initiated my two eldest children into the Faith. A holy man who knew how to do liturgy right and deliver an amazing homily.

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His parish has produced many priests form what I understand.

ZP

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I know of two. Brothers. Sebastian and Sabatino Carnazzo, now Fr. Sebastian and Fr. Hesychios.

The parish has also produced a number of deacons.

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I know Fr Hezekias and Fr Sebastian were at the parish. Love their work from the Institute of Catholic Culture.

ZP

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Vičnaja pamjat’, vičnaja pamjat’,
blaženny pokoj; vičnaja pamjat’

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I was there when Fr. Hezekias was still just “Sabatino.” When I first started attending he pulled me up, stood me in the front with his family, and made sure I knew what was going on during the Liturgy (I’d been to Byzantine Liturgies before, but this was my first time at Holy T). I’ve imitated his example and any time I invite a friend to a Maronite Qurbono I have him/her sit with my family and I explain what’s taking place and why.

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Fr. Hezekias was moderator for tonight’s God With Us Online webinar. He mentioned the passing of +Fr. Joseph and quoted him (this is from +Fr. Joseph):

“Where there is no expectation, there is no fulfillment.”

Fr. Hezekias encouraged everyone to start the Nativity Fast (Pylypka) this Friday Nov. 15 Look up God With Us Online - there’s a webinar on Dec. 18 re preparing for the Nativity of Our Lord.

Fr. Sebastian will be giving a webinar series on the Mysteries of Initiation in January. Check out God With Us Online.

Just out of curiosity, with +Father Joseph being Italian, how did he end up Melkite Greek Catholic?

Not that it matters, just wondering. Anyone?

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Tuned in. God With Us Online webinars are a great resource for Easterners, Orthodox and Catholic alike.

ZP

Were you part of last night’s webinar? I probably missed your name on the list of participants. :pensive:

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