RIP Fr. Thomas Dubay - Author/Speaker/Etc

EWTN noted Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. passed away over the weekend.

I’m sure many others have found his work a tremendous help!

I just learned that Fr. Stephen Torraco also recently passed away, may he rest in peace. Please pray for him as well.

"It is with great regret that I report the death of Fr. Stephen Torraco, who has moderated this Forum since its inception in 1997. Father was among the most faithful and prolific of our moderators. May the Lord reward his generosity, not only in this service but in his pastoral work as a priest, educator and author. Please see his obituary below.

Rev. Stephen F. Torraco, Ph.D., 56, Associate Professor of Theology at Assumption College, died suddenly on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at the UMass Medical Center after being stricken ill at home.

Born in Cambridge, MA, he is the son of Clorinda (DiMare) Torraco of Westborough and the late Italo Torraco. He attended St. Columbkille School and graduated from Xaverian Missionaries High School. Fr. Stephen also graduated from St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Wisconsin, earned his Masters and Doctorate at Boston College and his Masters of Divinity at Harvard University.

Fr. Stephen was ordained in 1980 and has been a priest of the Diocese of Abaetetuba, in northeastern Brazil. After his ordination to the priesthood, he served in parishes in the Boston Archdiocese while working on his Doctorate in Theology at Boston College. Since 1988 Fr. Torraco has been Associate Professor of Theology at Assumption College, Worcester, MA. He was the Executive Director of the Society for the Study of the Magisterial Teaching of the Church ( He was an instructor in Theology as well as Chaplain for one of SSMTC’s affiliates, the cyberspace based at Regina Coeli Academy (RCA), and a member of the faculty of the Catholic Distance University (CDU) in Hamilton, VA. Fr. Torraco served on the Board of Catholic Experts of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), answering moral theology questions from people around the world at EWTN"s web site on a daily basis. He also served as a consultant for the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, and for the Cardinal Kung Foundation in Connecticut. He was the author of various books and articles in moral theology, medical ethics, the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the spiritual life.

In addition to his mother, Fr. Stephen is survived by two brothers, Daniel J. Torraco of W. Wareham and Ronald A. Torraco. He is also survived by three nieces, Jennie, Nicole and Mary Torraco.

Fr. Torraco’s funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough, celebrated by the Rev. Francis Signorelli, SX, rector of the Xaverian Seminary in Holliston. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Xaverian Missionaries, P.O. Box 5857, 100 Summer St., Holliston, MA 01746.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. "

Could someone copy and paste the information EWTN provided for those of us who cannot access Facebook at work?

Becky, this is what was posted:

EWTN has received word this weekend that one of our favorite show host Fr. Thomas Dubay had died.

Popular series includes • Teresa of Avila: Personality and Prayer
• Prayer Quests • Contemplation: Union With God - Please pray for the repose of his soul.**

RIP both Fr Dubay and Fr Toccaco

When I was going thru RCIA and learning about the Catholic faith Fr. Dubay’s “Timely Topics” taught me a great deal about the nuts and bolts of the faith.

When Fr Anthony mentioned it in the TV Mass this morning I couldnt help but cry a tear or two because Fr Dubay was literally part of my formation in the faith and journey thru RCIA

I will fondly look back the rest of my days as to how his teaching moments helped me during that time…

Eternal rest grant unto both priests, o Lord–may the perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

Two really wonderful priests on their way to God.

Eternal rest grant unto your servants Fr Dubay and Fr Torraco, O Lord. May Your Heavenly light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.

Thanks for the info, CathFaith. Fr. Dubay will be sorely missed by many. My prayers for the repose of the souls of both priests.

Posted on the Ignatius Press Blog:

The following is from the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C., who cared for Father Dubay during his final days.

Rev Thomas Dubay, SM
RIP September 26, 2010

From Washington, DC:

This morning at 4:45, the Lord welcomed into His Kingdom Rev Thomas Dubay, SM, after suffering kidney failure and massive bleeding in the brain. Father’s frail health had been declining ever since his admission to the Little Sisters of the Poor home in Washington more than a year ago, but his suffering was even more noticeable in recent months. Despite this fact, Fr Dubay was just as witty as ever.

When Father’s superior, Fr. Bruce Lery, SM, called the Little Sisters on Sunday morning to tell them, he said, “We have a saint in heaven” –how true! Fr. Dubay was hospitalized about a month ago and then transferred to a rehabilitation facility for specialized treatments but his health was steadily declining. Yesterday he was re-admitted to the hospital with bleeding in the brain, and he was put in coronary intensive care. Although the ventilator was removed, he continued to breathe on his own.

Although he suffered from his loss of independence, he was happy to concelebrate Mass almost every day in the chapel of the Little Sisters Home in the shadow of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in our nation’s capital.

The Marist priests and brothers visited him almost daily, and Father depended very much on his superior, Fr. Bruce, who was always there for him. In a few words, Fr. Dubay literally practiced what he preached! Father was happy to give weekly classes to the Little Sister postulants –classes which he enjoyed as much as they! From his room, Father continued his spiritual direction with many persons who called on him and this also was extended to letter writing.

We can render prayers of thanksgiving for the wonderful support Father gave to religious communities spending a good part of his life giving conferences and retreats. Although his preaching and spiritual direction was delivered to contemplative communities, his teaching was not for them alone. Religious the world over benefitted of his spiritual wisdom and guidance for years. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace after leading so many souls to true spiritual peace during his lifetime! The opening prayer of today’s liturgy says it all: “Help us hurry toward the Eternal Life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom”.

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