BRIDGEPORT— Father Louis Pintye, O.F.M., Pastor of St. Emery Parish in Fairfield ’s for 13 years from 1998 to 2011 passed into eternal life on August 20, 2017 at Mount Alverna Friary-Shrine of Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted in Youngstown, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.
A memorial mass was held Saturday, 11:00 AM, August 26th at St. Emery’s Church, 838 Kings Highway East, Fairfield.
“Father Louie came to St. Emery’s Parish after the passing of Father Robert Nemeth in 1998. He was the 6th Pastor to serve at St. Emery’s and was the last of the Franciscan Friars to serve at St. Emery’s Church. We are very saddened to learn of his death,” said Fr. Milan Dimic, Pastor.
Fr. Dimic said his departure represented the end of the Franciscan era at St. Emery’s after 79 years. Father Louis left the parish in 2011 due to health reasons.
He spent the remainder of his life in Youngstown, Ohio at the Mount Alverna Friary serving as a local missionary.
“Father Louis was responsible for the beautiful and major restoration of St. Emery’s Church in 2000 and was very proud of this accomplishment. The renovation served as a means to provide for the younger families and to celebrate the Millennium in 2001,” said Fr. Dimic.
The Sanctuary was redesigned to be in compliance with the restoration of the Liturgy as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council – a new altar, ambo, baptismal fount were imported and installed from Italy.
Three Shrines were added including the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph, our Franciscan Family – St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. John of Capistrano and Blessed Padre Pio and our Hungarian Saints – St. Stephen, Our Lady of Hungary and St. Emery.
Edward Cardinal Egan, who was the Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese at that time, re-dedicated the Church in May of 2000 after the renovation had been completed.
Born February 16, 1955 in Trenton, New Jersey, Friar Louis Michael Pintye was the son of the late Anna Marie(Majoros) and Louis Nicholas Pintye. He is survived by his brothers Robert of Trenton, New Jersey and Michael of Brentwood, Tennessee. Fr. Louis was invested in the Franciscan habit on June 23, 1984. He made his Solemn Profession of Vows at his home parish of St. Stephen, King of Hungary, Trenton, New Jersey on May 21, 1989. During his 27 years of priestly ministry following his ordination on October 6, 1990, Fr. Louis served the people of God as a Parochial Vicar at St. Ladislaus Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey; St. Anthony of Padua Church, Troy, New York; and St. Joseph Church in Winsted, Connecticut, and Pastor of St. Emery Church, Fairfield, Connecticut.