Obituary: Antoinette Gloria Bosco, 91, of Brookfield

BROOKFIELD—Antoinette Gloria Bosco, 91, of Brookfield, died peacefully in her home on March 20, 2020 with her devoted daughter, Margee Minier by her side. She was born in Rome, New York on September 18, 1928, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Sgambellone) Oppedisano of Albany, NY, and mother of seven children. She lived the fullness of her years, left her family with endless memories and our world with her tremendous legacy.

Antoinette Bosco was a prize-winning journalist, magazine writer and author of 17 books, and for more than three decades a syndicated columnist for the national Catholic News Service. Her work appeared in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Writer’s Digest, Catholic Digest, and Parade. Her contributions included thousands of columns and newspaper articles written during her 11-year tenure as Editor at The Long Island Catholic and as Executive Editor of The Litchfield County Times in Connecticut for 13 years. She was also a contributor to Fairfield County Catholic.

A 1950 graduate of the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Chemistry, Bosco went on to earn a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1970. From 1972 to 1982, she served as Associate Director of Community Relations and Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Sciences at SUNY Stony Brook. In 1992 she completed a course of religious studies at Oxford University. She served for five years as Suffolk County Human Rights Commissioner on Long Island.

Bosco received 12 awards in the Editorial Page Column and News Feature categories from the Society of Professional Journalists-Connecticut Chapter; first place award for County Life from the National Newspaper Association, New England Press Association prize for Religious Writing, the Connecticut Psychiatric Society and Department of Mental Health, the American Osteopathic Association, and was 1st place national winner in the University of Missouri J.C. Penney Lifestyle Journalism Awards. She served on the Advisory Board of Woman magazine in Connecticut and was for many years a judge for books on spirituality for the Catholic Press Association. She served on the journalism faculty of the University of Connecticut-Torrington, and was a conference panelist for the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her Op-Ed articles were published in The New York Times, the Times Union (Albany, NY), The Hartford Courant, and the Danbury News Times. Bosco’s frequent speaking engagements included over 250 talks on journalism, human rights, spirituality and a numerous areas of social justice.

Upon the tragic deaths of sons and a daughter-in-law, she shared her grief in her book, “Finding Peace Through Pain: The True Story of a Journey into Joy.” In recognition of her “determination, enduring spirit, and professional accomplishments”, The College of Saint Rose conferred upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1996. Bosco was the subject of numerous newspaper features and a guest of many television talk shows. For her tireless work to end the death penalty she received the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty’s Walter Everett Humanitarian Award. For her 2001 book entitled, “Choosing Mercy: A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty” she won the prestigious Christopher Award for artists whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

Newsday called Bosco’s “The Pummeled Heart” a spiritual classic that might be inspiring decades or even centuries from now. More information about her timeless books is available at Donations to support Alzheimer’s research in honor of Antoinette Bosco may be made online here.

Antoinette will be sadly missed by her four cherished children, Paul J. (Elvira) of Brooklyn, NY, Mary C. (Richard) van Valkenburg of Hobart, NY, Margaret (Margee) B. Minier of Brookfield, Francis X. (Judith) Bosco of New York, NY, and daughter-in-law Bernadette Bosco of Tinley Park, IL.

She was predeceased by her sons, Peter I. Bosco, John D. Bosco and Sterling Bosco.

Antoinette was the second of eight children. She is survived by two brothers and two sisters, James Oppedisano (Barb Hammerli) of Longs, SC, Jeannette Oppedisano (Kenneth Laird) of Castleton- on-Hudson, NY, Richard (Rose) Oppedisano of Latham, NY, and Nancy (Joe) Andre of Albany, NY. She was predeceased by her beloved siblings Rosemary (Frank) Grieco of Albany, NY, Joseph (Jodi) of Albany, NY and Loretta Kelly of Albany, NY.

She is survived by fifteen (15) grandchildren: Dominic Bosco-Lauth of Elizabeth, CO, Angela Bosco-Lauth (Nicole Henery) of Fort Collins, CO, Florian A. Minier (Bina Chauhan) of Austin, TX, Mikaël Antoine Minier, Sophia van Valkenburg of New York, NY, Talia (Sam) Wilo of Kingston, NY, Gabriel Bosco of New York, NY, John P. Bosco of Brooklyn, NY, Larry (Colleen) Bosco of Morris, Il, Bonnie (Dave) Miller of Woodridge, Il, Gregory (Mary) Bosco of Meridian, ID, Julie Bosco-Siegal of Hobart, IN, Patrick (Rebecca) Bosco of Chicago Heights, IL and Steven (Sara) Bosco of Tinley Park, IL. and was predeceased by granddaughter Wendy Bosco Bowman

She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren : Eliphalet Bosco, Coralee Bosco, Lea Mieko Antoinette Minier, Amy Miller-Koenig (Nicholas), Stacy B. Miller, Brett Rodgers, Kristen Rose (Jason)Sullivan, Phillip (Annie) Bosco, Megan (Micah) Rockwell, Melissa (Justin) Nichols, Mitchell Siegal, predeceased by great-grandson Matthew Sterling Siegal, Elizabeth Siegal, Connie (Roland) Burke, Mikaela Bosco, Seth Bosco, Colin Bosco, Riley Bosco, Jake Bosco, Abigail Bosco, and Kylie Bosco

And eight great-great-grandchildren : Susan Koenig, Lucia Koenig, Mercy Rockwell, Justice
Rockwell, Taylor Burke, Brian Burke, Jason Burk, Eric Burke Antoinette also had dozens of beloved nieces and nephews along with their extended families in Albany, NY and spread across the entire United States.

A Celebration of Antoinette’s life will take place at a later date.

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Fr. Dan Lynch, 71

TENFALY, NEW JERSEY—It is with deep sorrow that the Society of African Missions (SMA) announce the death of their brother Father Dan Lynch, who entered into Eternal Life December 20, 2019 in New Jersey.

Reverend Daniel James Lynch, S.M.A. was born on November 18, 1948 in Bridgeport, CT., the son of the late Daniel Robert and Ann Evanick Lynch.

Father Lynch was known to many locally as a graduate of Notre Dame High School, 66’ and Sacred Heart University, ’70. He celebrated Mass in parishes throughout the diocese while visiting his family home in Bridgeport.

He became a member of the Society of African Missions in May 11, 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood in September 1, 1973, in the SMA Provincial Headquarters, in Tenafly.

He served as a missionary in Liberia from 1973 to 1978. He was one of the first American Province members who served in the missions in Tanzania, in the years 1978 -1980. Returning to the USA, Dan was assigned to the SMA House in Dedham, MA, as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Holy Family Hospital, in Methuen, MA, until 1992. Afterwards, he became part of the Lay Associate Program formation team, in the SMA House in Takoma Park, MD, until his retirement in the year 2018.

Father Dan was a profound admirer of the Carmelite spirituality of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux. He did courses at the WTU in Washington DC. He was a prolific writer in spirituality and prayer. Father Dan was an avid reader, loved nature and had a deep love for silence and contemplation.

He took his retirement at his home in Bridgeport, CT. Because of illness he moved to the Provincialate in Tenafly, NJ, in June 2019.

Father Dan is survived by his sisters Ann Marie Lynch Ocetnik and her husband Andrew of Milford, CT, Sr. Kathleen Lynch, S.N.D. and his uncle Fr. Michael Evanick of Merrilville, IN as well as cousins and friends.

Visitation on Friday December 27th, 2019, from 3-9pm at St. Anthony’s Chapel, The Mission 23 Bliss Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670. Funeral Mass to be celebrated on Saturday, December 28th, 2019 at 10:15 am, followed by Interment at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Repass at the SMA Hall immediately after.

Peter E. Nelsen, Organist

STRATFORD—Peter E. Nelsen of Stratford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 6, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 72.

An accomplished musician and singer, “Pete” served for 58 years as the only organist at his beloved St. Mark Church. He taught music at St. Marks school, and was director of both the adult and children’s choir.

Gifted from youth with musical talent and a beautiful voice, he was conscripted to play at a funeral at St. James Church at the age of 14, when the regular organist was unavailable. Shortly after that he became the first organist at St. Mark Parish, which was formed out of St. James and founded in 1960.

Over the years he played at the weddings and funerals of St. Mark’s parishioners and his own funeral became a celebration of his life when many area musicians gathered to play before the Mass.

Born October 28, 1946, he was a loving son to Anne Klesper. He was a graduate of St. James School, Bunnell High school, and studied at The Liturgical School of music in N.Y. A lifelong resident of Stratford, he was also a proud U.S. Army Veteran.

Pete was very involved in the Town of Stratford as a realtor, past president of the exchange club, commissioner of the inland wetlands committee, and musician who brought Christmas songs to Lord Chamberlain during the holidays.

Mr. Nelsen is survived by his beloved, devoted and loving wife of 35 years Mimi and 4 amazing children, Christopher and Kathleen Berarducci of Little Silver, N.J., Kasey and Michael Wendland of Stratford, Matthew and Jenna Nelsen of Stratford and Katherine and Andrew Voytek of Stratford. He was the Poppi to his cherished grandchildren, Owen, Declan, Axel, Jack and his “Gracie Girl.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 10th at St. Mark Church in Stratford. Interment with full military honors followed at St. John’s Cemetery, Stratford.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pete’s memory to St. Mark Church.

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Deacon Kevin Moore, 75

BRIDGEPORT– It is with great sadness that the diocese has learned of the death of Deacon Kevin Moore, 75 of Trumbull on Friday, June 7.

Deacon Moore is fondly remembered by many as an unassuming man of great faith and dignity who tirelessly served others in his ministry and professional life. All are asked to please pray for the repose of the soul of Kevin and for the consolation of his wife Ellen and their family.

Kevin was a native of the Bronx, where he attended Holy Spirit Elementary School and Cardinal Hayes High School. He also studied two years in the minor seminary of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity in Holy Trinity, Alabama. He received a BBA from Iona College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He and his wife Ellen, a retired school psychologist, have lived in Fairfield County since 1971. The Moore family includes Meghan Ellen, Kevin Paul and his wife Katelyn.

He was ordained a Deacon by Bishop Curtis in 1981 and has served in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish since 2002. He has also ministered in St. Maurice Parish, Stamford and in Holy Cross Parish, Fairfield.

Kevin Moore was a CPA who spent most of his business career in the public sector. In addition to his ministry as a deacon, he served the Diocese of Bridgeport in the parish finance office. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. He was an active member in the Charismatic Renewal, National Marriage Encounter and in the National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Reverend Peter Cipriani, dean of Queen Assumed into Heaven Deanery, will receive Deacon Moore’s body at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Fairfield followed immediately by Evening Prayer. Deacon Moore will lay in repose in the church until 8pm. All deacons are invited to attend the reception of Deacon Moore’s body and to participate in the offering of Evening Prayer.

The Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th at 12noon at Our Lady of Assumption Church located at 545 Stratfield Road in Fairfield.

Calling hours will be held on June 12th, Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM in Our Lady of Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 12 PM. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery with military honor.

Father Emeric, Szlezak, OFM, 101

FLORIDA—Father Emeric, Szlezak, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 79 years and a priest for 74, died on March 16 in St. Petersburg, where he had lived since 2005.

Father Szlezak was 101 years old and the longest living friar in the history of Holy Name Province. Father Szlezak was born on December 17, 1917, in Budapest, Hungary, to Kalman and Elizabeth (née Beck). He moved with his family to the United States in 1923. Father Szlezak attended Catholic grammar school in Brooklyn before enrolling in St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.

He was received into the Order of Friars Minor in 1938 at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., where he professed his first vows in 1939. Fr. Szlezak made his solemn profession in 1942 and in 1944 was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Amleto Cicognani at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.

After completing theology in 1945, Fr. Szlezak’s first assignment was to St. Stephen of Hungary Parish on East 82nd Street in New York City, where he served for 42 years, until 1986. There, he ministered to the Hungarian immigrant community in New York City.

After World War II and again after the Hungarian Revolution in the 1950s, he assisted displaced persons, refugees and struggling immigrants. For 30 years, Fr. Szlezak gave weekly sermons in his native Hungarian language for a New York radio station that conducted a Hungarian broadcast. He also served as a chaplain to Catholic War Veterans on both the state and national levels and to local sheriff departments.

In 1986, he was assigned to St. Emery Parish in Fairfield, Conn., where he served for 19 years. In 2005, Fr. Szlezak retired to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, from which he traveled to Sarasota and Venice to celebrate Mass and offer pastoral care. He also served as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, Council 2105, St. Petersburg.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church in St. Petersburg. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in his honor at St. Emery Church located at 838 Kings Highway East in Fairfield on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11 am. Father Emeric was assigned to St. Emery Parish in Fairfield in 1986 where he served for 19 years.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Szlezak and for the consolation of his family.

Rev. Edward A. Colohan, 86

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Edward A. Colohan passed away at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Thursday  March 14, 2019, at the age of 86.

Father Colohan’s body will be received at Saint Stephen Church located at 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, at 9:30 AM on Friday, March 22, 2019 and will lie in repose until the Funeral Mass, which will begin at 11:00 AM. Monsignor Thomas W. Powers will be the celebrant, and Monsignor Laurence R. Bronkiewicz will be the homilist. Those concelebrating the Mass should wear diocesan vestments.

“Father Colohan will be remembered for his intellectual, writing and teaching skills along with the warm and caring pastoral ministry that he brought to so many over the years. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Colohan and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Caggiano in announcing his passing.

Born and raised in Norwalk, Father Colohan was ordained at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport in 1961 by Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan, first bishop of Bridgeport. Following ordination, Father Colohan taught at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, the former Central Catholic High School in Norwalk and Immaculate High School in Danbury.

In 1968, he became a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 24 years in positions as Senior Catholic Chaplain at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He was decorated for meritorious service 11 times and cited by the command chaplain of the Strategic Air Command as the outstanding chaplain major in 1979.

He retired from the service with honors and citation by Chief of Staff USAF in 1992 with the rank of colonel and returned to the diocese as parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish in Shelton, before coming to St. Stephen Parish in Trumbull in 1993, where he served as pastor for 11 years.

Father Colohan also taught at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, the former Central Catholic High School in Norwalk and Immaculate High School in Danbury.

Father Colohan earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, a master’s degree in Religious Education from Loyola University in Chicago, and a master of science degree in Counseling from Troy State University in New York. He also graduated from St. Thomas Seminary Junior College in 1953.

After retiring in 2004, Father Colohan became a regular contributor to the Connecticut Post clergy column and other publications, where he wrote on a wide range of social and spiritual topics.

Father Sangiovanni, former principal & president of N.D.H.S.

I am sorry to inform you of the death of the Reverend William F. Sangiovanni yesterday, February 4, 2019. He was 77 years of age.

William Francis Sangiovanni was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1941, son of Francis and Margaret (Muldoon) Sangiovanni. He was baptized on April 6, 1941, at Saint Bernadette Church in Brooklyn.

He attended Saint Gregory Elementary School and Saint Jerome Elementary School, Brooklyn, La Salle Academy, New York, and graduated from Fairfield University in 1962. He received a Bachelor of Social Science in 1962 from Fairfield University.

Father Sangiovanni received his priestly formation at the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels in Albany, New York, (1965-1969). After completing his theological studies, he took a leave of absence and served as special assistant to the Minority Leader of the Connecticut General Assembly and as assistant to Congressman Steward McKinney. He also worked with Glenmary Home Missions. After returning to the Diocese, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis in Saint Patrick Church on March 19, 1977.

He first served as Parochial Vicar of Saint Patrick Parish (1977-1981). In June 1980, he was named a part­-time member of the faculty of Notre Dame High School, while continuing to serve at Saint Patrick. In July 1981, he was appointed Spiritual Director of Notre Dame while residing at Holy Rosary Parish in Bridgeport. In January 1986, he was named Director of Sacred Heart University Chaplains and took up residency at Saint Theresa Parish in Trumbull. In August 1990, he became a full-time member of the faculty of Notre Dame High School. At Notre Dame High School, he was appointed Assistant Principal in July 1992, Principal in July 1994 and President in July 2010.

Throughout his years of priestly ministry in the Diocese, Father Sangiovanni also served on the Presbyteral Council and as Chaplain of the Columbiettes of Park City Council #16 Knights of Columbus. He also was appointed to the Ethics Commission of the State of Connecticut and served as Chaplain to the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

Father Sangiovanni retired on June 30, 2017, holding the title of President Emeritus of Notre Dame High School.

Father Sangiovanni’s body will be received in the Gymnasium of Notre Dame High School on Friday, February 8th at 3:00 pm and will lie in repose until 7:00 pm. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm in the Gymnasium. Father Peter Cipriani will be the celebrant, and Father Michael Dunn will be the homilist. I will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 am at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Fairfield, and Father Peter Cipriani will be the homilist. Priests who will be concelebrating at the Funeral Mass should bring diocesan vestments.

Condolences can be sent c/o Notre Dame High School, 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT, 06825. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Sangiovanni and for the consolation of his family.

Fraternally in Christ,

Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano
Bishop of Bridgeport

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Father William F. Sangiovanni, 77

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend William F. Sangiovanni passed away on Monday, February 4, at Bridges Memory Care Assisted Living in Trumbull. He was 77 years old. A full obituary with details on the Mass of Christian Burial and other funeral arrangements will be published as soon as it becomes available.

“The overwhelming sense of loss that many are feeling upon his death is a tribute to his vitality and vision, and the gift of his friendship experienced by so many people in our diocese and beyond. Father Bill knew how to create community and how to use his considerable political and social gifts to inspire charitable service and bring out the best in others. As a priest, educator and natural leader, he had an impact on lives of generations of young people and their families,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Perhaps best known for his service as principal and later president of Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, Father Sangiovanni also worked in state and local government before becoming a priest and brought an entrepreneurial skill to his ministry and public service.

His creation of the annual GarlicFest as a fundraiser for Notre Dame High School brought new energy and local and national attention to the school, after he was appointed principal by Bishop Edward M. Egan in 1994. He was named president of the school by Bishop William E. Lori in 2010.

On March 19, 2017, Father Sangiovanni celebrated his 40th anniversary as a priest, and he was honored at the 60th anniversary celebration of Notre Dame High School.

Many also remember Father Sangiovanni for his involvement and leadership in missionary and volunteer efforts in Appalachia. He was the founder and member of the board of directors of Appalachia Volunteers, Inc. He also led a delegation of young people to serve on the Sioux Indian reservations of South Dakota.

Born in Brooklyn, Father Sangiovanni first came to the diocese and enrolled in Fairfield University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also earned a master’s degree in Education and Arts from Fairfield University.

He completed his theological studies at the Seminary of Our Lady of Angels at Niagara University and was ordained by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport, in St. Patrick’s Church in Bridgeport on March 19, 1977.

Prior to his ordination, he was highly regarded for his service in government, where many expected him to run for office. He served as special assistant to the Minority Leader of the Connecticut General Assembly and as assistant to U. S. Congressman Stewart McKinney from 1969-75.

His first priestly assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Church in Bridgeport. He was named to the faculty of Notre Dame High School in 1980 and became the school’s spiritual director the following year. He later served as director of chaplains at Sacred Heart University.

In 1991 while teaching at Notre Dame he was appointed to the State of Connecticut Ethics Commission by Governor Lowell Weicker and later became vice chairman. Father Sangiovanni also served as part-time chaplain at the Bridgeport Correctional Center for 11 years.

Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito, 83

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Ernest T. Esposito died on January 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 83 years of age.

“Monsignor Esposito will be remembered as a man who truly enjoyed his life as a priest and shared that joy and good spirit with all whom he met. He will be deeply missed by his brother priests and all who knew him,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Ernest Thomas Esposito was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on January 23, 1935, son of Mr. Francesco and Maria (Coschignano) Esposito. He attended William Penn and Columbus Grammar Schools and Nichols Junior High School in Mount Vernon. Upon graduating from Edison Vocational and Technical High School in 1953, he served in the United States Army in New Jersey, Kentucky and Japan (1954-1956). He began his priestly formation with the Franciscan Friars at Saint Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, New York (1956-1960) and Saint Francis College in Rye Beach, New Hampshire (1960-1962), and he went on to study Theology at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. (1962-1963) and Our Lady of Loretto Seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania (1964-1967).

He was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis in Saint Augustine Cathedral on May 20, 1967.

He served as Parochial Vicar of Holy Rosary Parish in Bridgeport (1967-1969), Saint Mary Parish in Bridgeport (1969), Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport (1969-1970), Saint Raphael Parish in Bridgeport (1970-1976) and Saint Pius X Parish in Fairfield (1976-1985). He was Pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Bridgeport (1985-1991) and reappointed as Pastor of the newly-united parishes of Saint Peter and Saint Anthony Parishes (1991). He served as Parochial Vicar (1991-1994; 1996-1997) and Administrator of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Fairfield (1994), and lived in residence there (1994-1996). He was named Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Stratford (1996).

He served as diocesan Director of Family Life/Respect Life (1991-2006), as Episcopal Vicar for Religious (2001-2010) and as Chaplain of Saint Joseph Manor in Trumbull (2007-2010). During his longer service in the Diocese, Monsignor Esposito was also a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors.

Monsignor Esposito, who retired in 2010, was named Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on November 22, 2007.

Monsignor Esposito’s body will be received at Saint Pius X Church, located at 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield, at 3:30 pm on Friday, January 18 and will lie in repose until the Vigil Mass at 7:00 pm. Monsignor Thomas W. Powers will be the principal celebrant, and Father Robert Crofut will be the homilist. Bishop Caggiano will celebrate the Funeral Mass at Saint Pius X Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 19, and Monsignor James Cuneo will be the homilist. Those concelebrating the Vigil Mass and/or at the Funeral Mass should bring their diocesan vestments.

Interment will follow the Mass at Saint Michael Cemetery in Stratford (2205 Stratford Avenue).

Condolences and gifts in his memory to support retired priests can be sent to the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence, 274 Strawberry Hill Road, Stamford, 06902

Priest, Musician Monsignor John C. Sanders, 93

STAMFORD—Reverend Monsignor John C. Sanders passed away today, January 6, 2019, the Epiphany of the Lord. He was 93 years of age.

“Known to jazz fans across the country as the priest who played in the Duke Ellington Band, Monsignor Sanders was also much loved in our own diocese as a humble priest and pastor who was grateful for the gift of his vocation. His remarkable life was a blessing and an inspiration to all of us,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. “We ask for prayers for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family.”

John Conrad Sanders was born in Elmsford, New York, on June 30, 1925, son of Alexander and Agnes (Garcia) Sanders. He was baptized on July 19, 1925, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Elmsford.

Following his graduation from the High School of Commerce in New York in June 1943, he served in the United States Navy at the U.S. Frontier Base in San Diego, California (1943-1945) and in U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School in Orinda, California (1945-1946). During his term of service, he played in the U.S. Navy Band and earned the rank of Musician Second Class. Returning to New York, he entered the Julliard School of Music and received a diploma in Trombone from the Orchestral Instrument Department in 1949. After completing his course work at Julliard, he worked as a trombone player, including playing in and touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1953-1959. He also worked as a classical music salesman for G. Schirmer, Inc. (1961-1962) and as the orchestral librarian at Julliard (1962-1965).

Pursuing his lifelong dream of being a priest, he began his priestly formation at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut (1965-1968), and continued at Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts (1968-1973). He was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis in Blessed Sacrament Church in Bridgeport on February 10, 1973.

He first served as Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament Parish (1973-1974) and, in June 1974, was named Co-Pastor of Blessed Sacrament and appointed Diocesan Director of the Apostolate of African Americans. In June 1975, he was named Parochial Vicar of Holy Family Parish in Fairfield, while continuing his role in the Apostolate. In August 1985, he was appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint Mary Parish in Norwalk, where he served until his retirement in July 2000, including two terms as Temporary Administrator of the parish, one in February 1988 and another in October 1998. Throughout his years of priestly ministry in the Diocese, Monsignor Sanders also served on the Presbyteral Council, the College of Consultors, the Clergy Personnel Committee and the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of Catholic Charities.

Monsignor Sanders was appointed a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope Saint John Paul II on May 4, 1988. On May 22, 2005, Fairfield University conferred upon Monsignor Sanders an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his contributions to the Church and to the world of music.

At the request of Monsignor Sanders, there will be no wake or Vigil Mass. The Funeral Mass will take place at Saint Bridget of Ireland Church in Stamford on Wednesday, January 9th at 11:00 AM. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the principal celebrant and Monsignor William Scheyd will be the homilist.

Condolences and contributions in his memory to support retired priests can be sent to the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence, 274 Strawberry Hill Road, Stamford, 06902.

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Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., 81

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Driscoll, P.A., passed away today, December 20, 2018.  He was 81 years of age.

“Monsignor Driscoll will be fondly remembered by many for his service in several leadership posts in the diocese and for his faithful witness over many decades as a priest and pastor. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Driscoll, and for the consolation of his family,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.

Thomas Jerome Driscoll was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on February 15, 1937, son of Dr. Jerome and Mary Margaret (Devitt) Driscoll. Following his graduation from Danbury High School, his priestly formation began at St. Thomas Seminary College in Bloomfield, and continued at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Martin J. O’Connor in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on December 20, 1961.

He first served as Parochial Vicar of St. James Parish in Stratford, and later as Spiritual Director of the former Cathedral Girls High School in Bridgeport, before returning to Rome for studies in moral theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana.  Upon his return to the diocese, he served as Priest Secretary to Bishop Walter W. Curtis and as Vice Chancellor and Notary to the Tribunal.

In 1974, then-Father Driscoll was appointed Pastor of St. Luke Parish in Westport, where he served until 1990, at which time he was appointed Chancellor by Bishop Edward M. Egan. In 1997, he was appointed Vicar General, and served Bishop Egan and Bishop Lori in this capacity until 2012. His last assignment was as Pastor of Notre Dame of Easton Parish, where he served from 1999 until his retirement from active ministry in 2014. He also served on various boards, committees, and councils during the years of his long and varied service to Christ and the Church.

He was appointed a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope St. John Paul II on August 31, 1991, and a Protonotary Apostolic supernumerary by Pope Benedict XVI on November 22, 2007.

Monsignor Driscoll’s body will be received at Saint Luke Church located at 49 North Turkey Hill Road, Westport, CT 06880, 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 27 and will lie in repose until the Vigil Mass at 7:00 pm. Monsignor Thomas W. Powers will be the celebrant, and Monsignor Laurence R. Bronkiewicz will be the homilist.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am on Friday, December 28, and Monsignor Charles Murphy will be the homilist.

Condolences may be sent to Monsignor Driscoll’s brothers, Alfred F. Driscoll, 9154 Beaver Brook Way, Charlotte, NC 28277 and Jerome Driscoll, 6 Shady Knolls, Danbury, CT 06811.

Father Carducci D’Amico, 83

BRIDGEPORT—Reverend Carducci D’Amico, born on November 1, 1935, returned to his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Cercemaggiore, in the province of Campobasso. Italy.

“Many in the Bridgeport area fondly remember Fr. D’Amico for his energy, vision and commitment to the renewal of St. Margaret Shrine,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. “Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father D’Amico and the consolation of his family.”

Fr. D’Amico served at St. Raphael/St. Margaret Shrine from 1977 to 2006, becoming pastor in 1984. It was his vision to begin the St. Anthony Feast at the Shrine in 1978. Many parishioners remember that he used his own talents as a carpenter and mason to begin the restoration of the original chapel and ground of the Shrine.

In 1973, Fr. D’Amico was welcomed into the Diocese of Bridgeport as assistant to the late Msgr. David Bannon, pastor of St. Peter Church in Bridgeport. He also served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Stamford.

“As your pastor, I have tried to devote all of my energies to the service of St. Raphael/St. Margaret parish. I have been given a precious heritage and the inspiring example of many holy priests, sisters and laity. Encouraged by their untiring zeal and generous commitment, I have tried in my own way to build a community of faith within our church,” Fr. D’Amico wrote on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee as a priest in March, 1989.

He entered the Seminary of the Somascan Order in Corbetta, Milano at the age of thirteen. There he completed his secondary school studies and in 1954 professed vows in the Order of St. Jerome Emiliani. Fr. D’Amico obtained a degree in philosophy and went on to attend the School of Theology at Saint Anselm University on the Aventino Hill in Rome. On March 14, 1964, he was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Giuseppe Ferretto in the Basilica of Saint Alessio.

Fr. D’Amico retired on March 12, 2009 and returned to Italy, where he resided in his last years.

Fr. Giandomenico Flora will celebrate a Memorial Mass for Father Carducci S. D’Amico at St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the Memorial Mass.

Msgr. Louis A. DeProfio, 91

STAMFORD—The Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio, P.A., passed away on August 15, 2018, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Stamford. He was 91 years of age.

Perhaps best remembered for his long and distinguished service as Pastor of St. Theresa Church in Trumbull, Msgr. DeProfio held many posts and assignments throughout the diocese and remained active as a priest in retirement at the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford.

“Msgr. DeProfio was a man of remarkable vitality, energy and optimism. He brought good cheer, natural leadership and deep faith to his sacrificial service as a priest. He inspired generations of Catholics and leaves a lasting legacy of the joy of faithful witness,” said Bishop Caggiano. “ I ask all to please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor DeProfio, and for the consolation of his family.”

Louis Anthony DeProfio was born in Bridgeport on May 20, 1927, the youngest of the seven children of Luigi and Lucia (Dostillio) DeProfio. Following his graduation from Central High School in Bridgeport and a year’s service in the United States Navy, his priestly formation began at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

He continued studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Bridgeport by the Most Reverend Lawrence J. Shehan at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on Ascension Thursday, May 10, 1956.

His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of his home parish, St. Raphael in Bridgeport. He served also as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart in Stamford before being appointed Diocesan Director of the C.Y.O and Diocesan Director of Social Action.

In addition to his service on various boards and committees, and for a time as Administrator of St. Margaret’s Shrine in Bridgeport, Monsignor DeProfio directed the second Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1971, and was the Campaign Chair for the Faith in the Future diocesan capital campaign in 1995.

On September 11, 1971, Monsignor DeProfio became Pastor of St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull, where he served with great distinction until his retirement from active ministry in May 2003.

Thereafter, he served as Director of the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope John Paul II on January 4, 1983, and a Protonotary Apostolic supernumerary, also by Pope John Paul II, on December 19, 1996.

Monsignor DeProfio’s body will be received at St. Theresa Church, 5301 Main Street, Trumbull, on Thursday, August 23 at 3:00 pm, and will lie in repose until the Vigil Mass at 7:00 pm. Monsignor Thomas Powers will be the celebrant, and Father Joseph Marcello will be the homilist. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Friday, August 24, at 11:00 am, and Monsignor Andrew Varga will be the homilist.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Carol Mackno at 92 Phyfe Road in Fairfield, Connecticut 06824.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Queen of the Clergy Residence, 274 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford, CT 06902, St. Margaret Shrine, 2523 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06604, or to St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, 5301 Main St. Trumbull, CT 06611, in memory of Reverend Monsignor Louis A. DeProfio.

Obituary of Sister Sheila O’Brien O.P.

WILTON- Sister Sheila O’Brien, O.P., age 93, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs of Bridgeport, went to the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lourdes Health Care Center, Wilton. Born in Glen Cove, Long Island on March 11, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Julia Martin O’Brien.

Sister Sheila received her master’s in education at Hunter College in New York and was a brilliant educator for over 30 years. She was a New York sports enthusiast following all the New York teams closely but her true passion was the Yankees.

She was predeceased by brothers, Patrick and Jeremiah and her twin sister, Eileen. Survivors include many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Saint Jude Church in Monroe. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull.

Photographer John Glover, 64

KENT—Former Fairfield County Catholic photographer John Glover, 64, passed away suddenly last Friday in his home in Kent.

A full obituary including funeral arrangements will be released as it becomes available.

Glover joined Fairfield County Catholic in 1998 as staff photographer at the invitation of Dr. Joseph McAleer, Executive Editor.

Please read this tribute by Dr. Joseph McAleer, former editor of Fairfield County Catholic and friend of John Glover:

Remembering John R. Glover (1954-2018)

He was larger than life—literally and figuratively.

John Glover was a gentle giant. He was built like a line backer but had a sweet, sensitive nature. Gregarious to a fault, he would engage perfect strangers on a wide variety of topics. He was a man of broad knowledge and strong opinions, always insisting—stubbornly, maddeningly—that he was right.

Funny thing is, he usually was.

John served as the official photographer of the Diocese of Bridgeport for 12 years. In that capacity, he visited every single parish, Catholic school, Catholic Charities location, and major event, often clad in his signature attire: white dress shirt, blue shorts, and brown moccasins (even in winter). Nuns in particular loved him.

John was not Catholic, but he was our Church’s best ambassador. You could not meet a man more respectful of the Mass. Sensitive to his outsize presence, he took care to be discreet. He was unhappy when people were not paying attention or talking during Mass. John would gently advise a priest to put on his jacket or straighten his collar so as to make the best impression.

Dr. Joseph McAleer & John Glover

A favorite of then-Bishop Egan, John followed him to New York and on to the Vatican when Cardinal Egan received his red hat. Those present in St. Peter’s Square that bright February day will remember looking up at the top of the colonnade with pride and seeing John, in white t-shirt and shorts, pointing his lens at the crowd. He also represented the Diocese on official press trips to Jordan and Israel. Upon retiring from Fairfield County for greener pastures in Kent, John travelled widely across the United States, photographing churches for commemorative diocesan publications, including a landmark book on St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

John did not suffer fools gladly. Woe the person who was discourteous or overreaching. He would fearlessly argue with T.S.A. agents at the airport, or demand an explanation why the I.R.S. was asking so many questions. He approached a state trooper in line at the Post Office, wanting to know why she was carrying a firearm; she nearly took him out.

Well-intentioned but intense, John demanded a respect that most of us have given up expecting. He was unique, and how blessed we are for having basked in his very bright light.