July 2013 Obituaries

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Fr. Paul Lalic

 Fr. Paul Lalic TRUMBULL – Fr. Paul B. Lalic died peacefully at home on July 24. He was 86 years old, and had celebrated the 50th jubilee of his priesthood in 2008.

A gentle, reflective man, Fr. Lalic was known for the clarity of his thought and, most especially, for the beauty of his poetry. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he produced a work, Walking in Beauty, portraying lyrically and in pictures how the nation responded to the attack. The entries convey his wonder and pride at the beauty of the American soul amidst the ugliness of evil.

Fr. Lalic was born on June 26, 1925 in Pampanga in the Philippines. He attended Pampanga Institute and Sacred Heart College there. Fr. Lalic pursued seminary studies at Berchmans College (Philippines) and Woodstock College in Maryland.

Entering the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order) he was ordained on June 21, 1958 at Fordham University by Francis Cardinal Spellman. As a member of Jesuits, Fr. Lalic was assigned as spiritual director and to teaching positions in colleges and college preparatory schools in the Philippines.

In 1972, he came to serve in the United States as an associate chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital, residing at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull. Fr. Lalic became a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1976. He served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Brookfield, from 1986-92, when he became administrator of St. Catherine of Siena. He later ministered at St. Camillus Health Center, Stamford, while residing at St. Mary Parish there.

Retiring in 1998, Fr. Lalic resided at Villa Maria Retreat House in Stamford, where he served as chaplain to the Bernardine Sisters until ill health prevented active ministry. He lived at St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull for a time and, most recently, at the home of close friends, Jean and George Jarusinsky, who cared for him in his final days.

Bishop William E. Lori will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Lalic on July 29 at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Burial will follow at the Priests’ Circle in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull.

Emilio Moure, 54

 Emilio MoureThe Knights of Columbus mourns the loss of Supreme Secretary Emilio B. Moure, who passed away at his Connecticut home on July 23 after a battle with cancer. He was 54 years old and served as Supreme Secretary until his death.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Knights’ Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William E. Lori, on July 26, at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. Bishop Lori also delivered the homily. “Emilio was a man of prayer, a man of the Eucharist and a man who took his interior life seriously,” Bishop Lori said of Moure, whom he praised as a man who combined great business expertise with a “deep understanding of the spirit and mission of the Order.”

Moure joined the Knights in January 1985, and began working at the Supreme Council headquarters in 2007 as executive vice president for business process management. In that position, he oversaw the updating and modernizing of business practices at the Supreme Council. In October 2009, he was appointed Supreme Treasurer, and then in September 2010 was named Supreme Secretary.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Moure came to the United States at the age of 11. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Long Beach and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne. He enjoyed a successful 23-year career with the Emerson Electric Co. Moure was invested in 2001 to the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. In 2005, he was presented with the Pilgrim Shell by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and in 2008 he received the rank of Knight Commander with Star from John Patrick Cardinal Foley. He was the Supreme Council’s liaison to the Order’s councils in Cuba, and helped revitalize the Knights of Columbus there in time for the centennial of Columbianism in Cuba in 2009. He was instrumental in the Supreme Council’s support for the construction of San Carlos y San Ambrosio Seminary, the first new seminary to open in Cuba in half a century.

Moure is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebeca, their children and grandchilddren.

Joseph H. Miller, 73 President of Order of Malta

joe_millerJoseph H. Miller of New Canaan, insurance executive, Order of Malta president and a great friend of the Diocese of Bridgeport, died peacefully at his New Canaan home on July 20 after a short illness. He was 73 years old.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 28 at St. Aloysius Church, in New Canaan. Bishop William E. Lori celebrated the Mass with Archbishop Timothy J. Dolan of New York.

Bishop Lori described Miller as a family man, a great friend and a natural leader graced with a “strong and vibrant faith, which was the foundation for everything in his life.” Referring to his commitment to charity, Bishop Lori said, “He practiced what Pope John Paul II called ‘a charity that evangelizes.’ He understood that we defend and promote the faith by living it.”

Miller spent his professional life in the insurance and investments industries. In 1992, he and his son, Joel, founded the New Canaan Group, a financial planning firm specializing in wealth management and insurance planning services.

Miller became a member of The American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1993. He was elected president in 2009. The Order has a world-wide membership and serves the sick and the poor in hospitals and aids disaster victims around the world. He led the Order of Malta until his death. Miller was a part of 19 pilgrimages to Lourdes, France.

Miller was a founding member of the Inner-City Foundation for Charity and Education for the Bridgeport Diocese which raises nearly $4 million per year to support non-sectarian charities and Catholic schools in the Bridgeport Diocese. He recently served as secretary of the board and chairman of the education committee. For the past 10 years, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors and instrumental in the development of Malta House in Norwalk, a home for single, homeless, pregnant women.

Miller was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 25, 1938, and spent his young life there. He attended Siena College in Loudonville, NY, on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1960. He remained an active alumnus and received the Professor Egon Plager Award in 2010 for accomplishments in advancing the welfare of human beings.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Barbara, he is survived by their children and grandchildren.