Deacon Brian Kelly’s farewell message to the St. Luke Parish community

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Deacon Brian Kelly, Ph.D. of St. Luke Parish in Westport passed away on February 15 at the age of 82.  Many thanks to Fr. Kumar, St. Luke’s Parochial Administrator, for sharing Deacon Kelly’s final letter to parishioners:

Dear parishioners of St. Luke,

I want to thank you for being attentive to the things I’ve said in the pulpit and sometimes in
classes. I don’t know what the right way is, but I know we need to keep searching for the right way to live. So, I would encourage you to keep searching because there is no right one way.
I think it was during my most recent heart episode, I had a vision of a strange little man who asked me if I was happy and content and he disappeared laughing and said, “I am too because I also search for ways to serve Christ. That effort is all that is necessary.”
And I simply ask you to remember the deacon who came along and tried to show you ways to seek God in your lives.
God bless and thank you.
You encouraged me without knowing to keep searching and hopefully I encouraged you to serve God.

Deacon Brian Kelly

Deacon Brian will lie in repose at St. Luke Church, 49 N. Turkey Hill Rd. in Westport from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2023. The Deacons of the Diocese of Bridgeport will gather to pray at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Monsignor Robert Kinnally, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport, on Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11 am at the church, with a reception immediately following the Mass in the church’s community room. Interment with Military Honors will be held privately at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.