Covid 19 Tributes


Seamus Griffith 1938-2020

Seamus Griffith kept a small brown leather suitcase in the attic. It was tied with a butcher’s knot and he delighted in telling his family they were not allowed to open it until he was gone.

That time came much sooner than everyone expected. Seamus contracted Covid-19 and died on April 16th. Weeks passed before his family could bring themselves to open the suitcase. When they did, they found the story of his life. Seamus was 13 when his mother Kitty helped him to pack the suitcase. One of seven children, he was leaving the family farm in Rathanna, Co Carlow to work in a general store in Graiguenamanagh. The case contained letters from his mother, handwritten job applications, religious pictures, Irish ballad songbooks and treasured family photos.


Tom Hennessy

Born – 1948 Died – 2020

Tom Hennessy was the fifth son in a family of 13 boys born to Julia and Edmund Hennessy at Ballyriggan House, Kilfinane, Co Limerick. He lived a full life on the family farm but rarely ventured beyond Kilfinane throughout his 72 years. Only Tom seemed interested in being a farmer so he inherited the 150 acres. “He enjoyed farming and worked hard all his life,” recalls his brother Eugene. “He never left.” With up to 60 Friesian cows to be looked after and milked daily, as well as pigs and poultry, it was a life-consuming job. He supplied milk to the local creamery…


Laura Bernal

Born – 1956 Died – 2020

Laura Bernal was the Argentine ambassador to Ireland, a position she had taken up in 2016. Bernal, who was from Buenos Aires, began her working life as an academic teaching history and international relations. Her diplomatic career began with a posting in Portugal, followed by Colombia and Greece. Between 2008 and 2016 she was head of human resources at the ministry of foreign affairs in Buenos Aires. The highlight of her stay in Ireland was the visit of her compatriot Pope Francis in 2018…


Barry Ward

Born – 1971 Died – 2020

Barry Ward, from Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, contracted Covid-19 while living in the city of Dumaguete on the island of Negros in the Philippines. He had previously suffered from dengue fever, and a compromised immune system may have contributed to his premature death at the age of just 48. Barry distinguished himself both academically and through sport when he was younger. His love of books and sport began at Carrigallen National School. He won his first All-Ireland medal in the Community Games, then held at Mosney, as a determined 10-year-old…


Fr John Nolan

Born – 1936 Died – 2020

A native of Wexford town, John Nolan was born on March 1st, 1936. His mother died when he was child, leaving two small children. John and his older sister were reared as part of their aunt’s family; their father had to find work in England to support them. When John spoke of his early life, he marvelled at the goodness of his aunt who treated his sister and himself as she did her own children. He remembered a happy childhood and young adult years. John entered Cahermoyle, the Oblate Novitiate in Co Limerick, in 1955…


Marjorie Ryan Harvey

Born – 1921 Died – 2020

Marjorie Ryan Harvey (99) treasured the autograph book she kept from when she worked as a doctor’s receptionist at Shannon Airport. In the 1940s and 1950s, plenty of movie stars passed through. “At that time, you had to give them inoculation and she had this brilliant book of all these famous people who passed through – John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart – there were loads of stars in it. She absolutely loved the book,” says Marjorie’s daughter Ita. Born on Ballymorris Stud Farm in Cratloe, Co Clare, Marjorie met her late husband, Frank, while he worked at Shannon Airport..


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Joe O’Carroll


Joe O’Carroll was a happy-go-lucky, gentle soul who was deeply connected to his hometown of Listowel and Kerry roots despite living abroad for nearly four decades.

Born on October 1st, 1962, Joe was one of 10 children who grew up on a farm in the townland of Tullamore. His sister Mairéad, who was one year older, recalls the happy years her brother and siblings spent growing up in rural Kerry.

“Life on the farm was mad but they were the happiest times of our lives. Joe was a very happy-go-lucky chap who loved the outdoors and machinery. But like so many others, he went abroad to look for work in construction.”

Joe moved to London aged 19 where he started working on a cousin’s construction site. He would continue to drive machinery on sites for the rest of his life and returned home to visit family in Listowel twice a year.


“He loved to go to the Listowel races and always came back at Christmas. It was such a joy for my mother to see him coming through the door, she loved him coming back.”

Joe loved Irish music, particularly traditional Irish songs, and never lost his Kerry accent. “It was kind of like he never left home. He spent all those years in London but his Kerry roots were very important to him.”

Joe worked long hours in construction and never missed a day’s work. “He was happy to get up early in the morning and work hard all day and then meet friends at the weekend,” remembers Mairéad. “He had a huge number of friends and was very sociable. He loved hanging out with all nationalities, he got on with everyone.

“He had total generosity of spirit with his time and money and he’d light up a room. He was always smiling.”

On March 27th, Mairéad called her brother and discovered he was feeling unwell with a suspected tummy bug. She could hear his laboured breathing on the phone and urged her brother to call the emergency services. Joe was brought by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital and spoke to his sister by phone on the 28th to reassure her that he was feeling okay.

However, early on March 29th he was transferred to ICU. His family was contacted on April 11th and told his condition had deteriorated and the priest had been called. Joe died on Monday, April 13th aged 57.

“It was devastating, right up until the day he died we never gave up hope. He hadn’t been ill before that, he was a very healthy man all his life.”

On May 6th, Joe was cremated at Kensal Green in West London. The hearse carrying his body to the crematorium was followed by a JCB draped with the Kerry colours. “All his friends lined the route and the JCB drove behind all the way through the streets of London. It was such a beautiful tribute. He had so many friends, that’s the measure of the person he was.”

Joe’s ashes were sent back to Ireland and he was buried with his father and sister on June 13th in Listowel. “It was deeply upsetting but it gave us some comfort that he was going to join his father. Joe was a beautiful, gentle soul who was dearly loved by family and friends alike.”


Fr Jim O’Donoghue 1934-2020 ————————————–

He was loved by his brothers and sisters and a litany of nephews, nieces and cousins going back a few generations. To declare an interest, I’m one of those cousins, and on visits to our home in Belfast he passed on wonderful stories about the Moriartys and O’Donoghues, respectively from Inch and Caherciveen in Kerry, maintaining a narrative for more generations to pass on, providing roots and connections that are important to families.


Caroline Crowley -Born – 1959 Died – 2020

In February 1980, Caroline Daly walked into a record shop on Camden Street, looking for Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg’s Je T’aime on vinyl. The record was out of stock, but shop assistant Gerry Crowley took her details to place an order. When the record arrived, he went to the hospital where she worked to deliver it to Caroline personally, with a written note asking her to meet him at Cassidy’s pub at 8pm that evening. Within a month, the couple were engaged, and they married that October…


Helen & Brendan Dillon

Born – 1932 Died – 2020 Born – 1928 Died – 2020

Helen and Brendan Dillon grew up less than a mile from each other in Dublin’s north inner city. They met in their 20s when both worked for then State agency the Land Commission, were married for 61 years and died within two weeks of each other to be buried together in Glasnevin Cemetery. She was 87 and he was just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. Helen McCormac, as she was then known, lived on Susanville Road in the shadow of Croke Park while Brendan was raised on Addison Road in nearby Fairview…


James (Jem) Cleary- Born – 1926 Died – 2020

“That sense of anything is possible never left him,” say Philomena Cleary of her father-in-law, James (Jem) Cleary, a worker with the Irish Glass Bottle Company who, along with four friends, cycled to Rome in 1950, the year Pope Pius XII invited all Catholics to visit the city to celebrate. The story of the epic trip was the “greatest story” of a born storyteller, she says. James and his friends cycled through a continent still ravaged by war, often having to cycle for miles to find a crossing over a river because the bridge they had planned to cross had been blown up during the fighting, and had yet to be replaced…


Joseph G Geary- Born – 1929 Died – 2020

Joseph G (Garry) Geary was a member of the Limerick family who ran the well-known but since closed Geary Biscuit Factory at Merchant’s Quay in the city, though he had no involvement with it himself. Known as Garry he began working as a chartered accountant with the William O’Donnell firm in the city. He became a partner as it evolved through many takeovers down the years. One of seven children, he was a natural teacher who trained “hundreds” of accountants in Limerick, including his niece Siobhán, who recalls his “terrific work ethic and dry sarcastic wit..


Patrick Brady -Born – 1934 Died – 2020

When Patrick Brady foiled an attempted Royal Mail post office robbery in the early 1970s, his bravery was rewarded with a medal from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. He was no stranger to the palace, delivering sackfuls of mail on his postal rounds. He also had responsibility for pension cash deliveries to post offices in the Chelsea area. A native of Larabryn, Maynooth, Co Kildare, he moved to London in 1952 and worked for the Royal Mail all his life until retirement…


Brendan O’Reilly -Born – 1928 Died – 2020

At the tender age of “88 and a half” Brendan O’Reilly travelled for 14 hours in order to visit his grand-daughter Tanya in Alberta, Canada. He watched his first ice hockey match and promised he would return some summer. That wasn’t to be as Brendan broke his hip and contracted coronavirus six months after he entered a care home. He died on April 25th. Brendan was a driving force behind the formation of the Donnycarney branch of the St Vincent de Paul, the local Credit Union and Social Centre…


Brigid Sreenan -Born – 1931 Died – 2020

“She always said she was never happier than when she was helping her father on the bog as a child,” recalls Dermot Sreenan of his mother, Brigid. Born Brigid Fallon on May 27th, 1931, in the townland of Greenhall, Co Longford, her family were small-hold farmers. “She was from that generation who had nothing,” he says. “It was in the days when sons inherited everything; all the land, and she was bitter about that, I do know that. She would have wanted to stay on the farm, but couldn’t.”…


Alice Kennedy- Born – 1937 Died – 2020

Alice Kennedy’s abilities as an organiser shone through in her work with the Irish Elderly Advice Network in London and her establishment of the Irish Elderly choir, which performed in the Royal Albert Hall. “There was no such thing as it couldn’t be done,” her brother Seamus Culleton said of her bubbly, problem-solving personality. A native of Clonaslee, Co Laois, she was born on March 2nd 1937 to William Culleton a Land Commission worker and his wife Mary Tobin…


Fr James Hurley- Born – 1926 Died – 2020

Fr James Hurley was immensely proud that his birthday was on China’s National Day, October 1st. The Jesuit priest, known to his community as Jimmy but as James to his family, had spent 58 years of his life in Hong Kong before returning to live in Ireland in 2014. “He began working with secondary students in 1962 and became closely involved in the student movement there,” says his nephew Dick Lincoln. He was also a founding member of Amnesty International in Hong Kong…

——————————-On his return to Dublin in 2014 he acted as pastor for the Cantonese-speaking Chinese and had a constant stream of visitors from Hong Kong.

In November 2019, he broke his ankle and was recovering slowly in Cherryfield nursing home in Dublin when he contracted Covid-19.


Sheila Geoghegan- Born – 1941 Died – 2020

Sheila Geoghegan’s early career as one of Aer Lingus’s first air hostesses in the 1960s brought together three of her great loves: travel, music, and meeting people. The second-youngest of six children, she was born in Warrenpoint, Co Down, on April 22nd, 1941. Her mother Maureen worked in the drawing room in Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and was a keen historian and contributor to The Irish Times. Her father Eugene was a plumber and a prizewinning athlete…


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Father James O’Donoghue

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 14th of April, 2020 in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 85

Father James (Jim) O’Donoghue- Mill Hill Missionary

May he rest in peace

Fr. Jim O’Donoghue was born on the 27th of May, 1934 at Cahirciveen in the County of Kerry, Ireland. His father was Denis O’Donoghue, a teacher, and his mother was Teresa Moriarty. His family consisted of three brothers and six sisters. Jim’s birth diocese was Kerry also.

Determined to be a missionary priest, Jim attended our Mill Hill School at Freshford from 1947 to 1952, proving himself to be a most capable student. He proceeded to study Philosophy at Roosendaal in Holland from 1952 to 1954, then to study Theology at Saint Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London from 1954 to 1958. Jim’s aptitude to study did not go un-noticed by the staff and his superiors.

Jim committed himself to God and the Society by taking the Perpetual Oath on the 6th of May, 1957 at St. Joseph’s College chapel. He was ordained priest in the same chapel on the 13th of July, 1958 at the hands of Cardinal Godfrey of the Archdiocese of Westminster, England.

Not unsurprisingly, Jim’s first appointment was to Further Studies. He was sent to the Catholic University at St. Louis, USA and achieved a Masters Degree in History. Keen to go abroad, Jim was appointed to work at Saint Anthony’s College, San Jose, Antique Province in the Philippines in 1962. Jim made a great contribution to the up-building of St. Anthony’s College, and is still very fondly remembered there today. He was a dedicated, gifted and popular teacher and priest and a stalwart member of the Mill Hill community in the Philippines. In 1979 Jim was appointed back home to Ireland to work as a member of the “Promotion Team”. In 1982 he was appointed Rector of our school at Freshford. In 1983, he was appointed to the Missiehuis in Roosendaal to teach and be a Spiritual Director. In 1988, Jim was transferred to a similar post in St. Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London. In 1992 Jim was again appointed to his “Home” region in Ireland, this time for promotion, vocation and teaching work. In 2002 Jim generously accepted a short appointment back to his beloved Philippines, to help in the Formation House in Iloilo. After only three years, in 2005, Jim was withdrawn from the Philippines and appointed to the Irish Region. There he continued to minister as a priest, especially in St. Mary’s Parish in Belfast, which he found particularly rewarding. By December 2016 Jim was ready to retire to our retirement house at Dartry, Rathgar, Dublin. By then, Jim was 81 years old, but looked much younger than his years!

Jim settled into retirement and quickly became a key member of our Dublin community as his personality and great sense of humour endeared him to his fellow Members, the staff of the house, and the many visitors who passed through the portals of the house.

Almost two weeks ago, Jim succumbed to the covid-19 virus and was eventually taken into hospital. Every effort was made to save Jim’s life by the staff and auxiliary workers at the hospital. His family, colleagues and friends visited and prayed for his recovery, but it was not to be. The Lord embraced him “Home” around today, Easter Tuesday, the 14th of April. May he hear the word, “Come, good and faithful servant. Take for your heritage the Kingdom prepared for you.”


Father John Sweeney

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 9th of April, 2020 at Southport Hospital, Merseyside, United Kingdom at the age of 89 of  

Father John Sweeney

Mill Hill Missionary

May he rest in peace

Fr. John Sweeney was born in the Royal Burgh of Rutherglen in the south east of Glasgow on the 24th of December 1930. His parents were Martin Sweeney, a labourer, and Catherine Sweeney nee McKenna. John had only two siblings, Martin and his sister, Roma. Both John and Martin became Mill Hill Missionary priests, Roma never married but supported her brothers throughout her life. John was fiercely proud of his family, his place of birth and his local parish of St. Columbkille’s in Rutherglen, within walking distance to Celtic Park Football Club, known locally as “Paradise”. (Both Martin and John were life-long supporters of Celtic.)

John completed his primary education at St. Columbkille’s Parochial School, and his secondary education at St. Mary’s High School in Motherwell, where he received a Senior Leaving Certificate, Scotland in 1947. John was blessed with an excellent intellect and ability to study.

Feeling called to the priesthood, John followed his brother, Martin, to the Mill Hill Missionaries’ seminaries, first at Roosendaal, to study Philosophy 1947-1949, then to St. Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, to study Theology 1949-1953. With special ecclesial permission, since he was not yet the “Ordainable age”, John took the Perpetual Oath as a Mill Hill Missionary at Mill Hill on 1st of May, 1952. He was consequently ordained priest in St. Joseph’s College chapel by Cardinal Griffen of the Archdiocese of Westminster on the 12th of July 1953. John always delighted in being ordained on the 12th of July, since his celebration had nothing to do with King “Billy” and his victory in 1690!

Immediately after ordination, John was appointed to Further Studies, to achieve an MA in French and Economics (1956) at the University of Glasgow. Recognising John’s education talents, John was appointed to teach at St. Peter’s College, Freshfield, Merseyside also in 1956. 1965 brought the realisation of John’s dream, when he was appointed to Uganda, to work as a teacher and chaplain at Namilyango College. From 1980, he added prison chaplain to his pastoral work, and work on the National Justice and Peace Commission of Uganda. In 1984 John was elected Society Representative for Uganda. In 1989 he transferred his prison chaplaincy work to the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda, where he was serving as Vicar for Religious. By 1993 John enjoyed a rare “Home-leave”, after which he returned to his beloved Uganda, this time to serve in Namasagali College. He continued his prison chaplaincy too.

By 2007 it was time for John to return to his home-land. Blessed with good health and much stamina, he worked as chaplain at Nazareth House near Edinburgh. In 2013, mainly to accompany his brother Martin who was experiencing ill-health, John retired to Herbert House, Freshfield, Merseyside. The Sweeney brothers were together again after a life of love and service in East Africa! John was a great help and comfort to Martin in his final years. Sadly, John fell victim to COVID-19 recently at Herbert House, and died at today, Holy Thursday, the 9th of April 2020.  May John’s soul rest in peace in the real Paradise.


 Filipinos Celebrate ‘Loneliest” All Souls Day amid Pandemic

By Fons 29 October 2020

“Forgive your family. They must have their reasons for not visiting you today.”

Having taken care of the Catholic cemetery in the city of Dagupan, north of Manila, for two decades, Romulo Soriano already knows whose graves he should whisper these thoughts to on All Souls’ Day.

These are the unkempt tombs covered with vines without offerings of candles, flowers, and food.

“I talk to the dead so they won’t feel alone when their relatives are not there to visit them while others are surrounded by their loved ones,” said Romulo.

Source: Licas News


By Courtney Mares

VATICAN , 03 May, 2020 / 11:25 PM (ACI Africa).-

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis said he was thinking of all the priests and doctors who gave their lives in the service of others during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Italy alone, more than 100 priests and 154 doctors have died of COVID-19, the pope said.


The Late Fr. Frank Caffrey, Irish Spiritan Priest who served in Kenya for decades after he had been expelled from Nigeria during the Biafran war.

Credit: Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province

By Jude Atemanke

NAIROBI , 19 April, 2020 / 6:41 PM (ACI Africa).-

The Irish Spiritan Priest, Fr. Frank Caffrey, who served in Kenya for decades after he had been expelled from Nigeria during the Biafran war, was laid to rest in Ireland Saturday, April 18 after succumbing to COVID-19.

Fr. Caffrey died Tuesday, April 14 in Kimmage, the Irish headquarters of the Religious Missionary Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) located on the South side of Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. He was aged 86.

He was among the brave cohort of priests and nuns expelled from Nigeria for their efforts to feed and protect people from government forces during the Nigerian-Biafran war, the civil war that was fought between the government of Africa’s most populous nation and the secessionist State of Biafra from July 1967 to January 1970.

Ordained in 1963 in Clonliffe College by Archbishop McQuaid, Fr. Caffrey was then commissioned to Nigeria. From 1964 to 1967 he taught Science at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Obollo Eke in the Diocese of Enugu, where he added a laboratory to the school, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province reported.

On leave when the Nigerian Civil War began, he taught for a year in St. Mary’s College, Rathmines, an inner suburb on the southside of Dublin. He then spent a year teaching and in pastoral ministry in Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA.

Back in Nigeria in 1969, he was involved in relief work and the spiritual care of civilians in Oballo-Afor, Owerri, Imo state.

In January 1966, a group of Nigerian Army Officers overthrew the Nigerian Government. This led to much bloodshed and turmoil in the country in which the young Father Caffrey was then engaged in teaching and missionary work, according to a report. 

In July 1967 Nigerian troops invaded Biafra where there was a higher concentration of Holy Ghost Fathers than anywhere else in Nigeria.  Amongst them was Fr. Caffrey who was then serving in Obube, a locality in Owerri North Local Government of Imo state.

The outbreak of violence interrupted the usual work of the local people so that the planting season passed without crops being sown.  Inevitably starvation followed and Fr. Caffrey with his helpers tried as best they could to feed up to 6,000 children twice a week and another 1,000 or so children four times a week in a desperate attempt to keep them alive. Children were given priority but arrangements were also put in place to feed widows and the elderly, both of which groups were also extremely vulnerable in the war-torn territory of Biafra.

All of this relief work went on while the Civil War was in progress. Fr. Caffrey had to take evasive action on several occasions to avoid the menacing attention of Nigerian airforce planes.  An Irish colleague, Sr. Cecilia of the Presentation Nuns, was a martyr of the Biafran War, shot and killed when a car in which she was travelling was attacked by a Nigerian fighter plane.

In January 1970 the Biafran Army resistance collapsed and the Nigerian Army took control of the Eastern part of the country. Missionaries living or working in Biafra were arrested and confined under house arrest.  These included Fr. Caffrey who was detained with 28 fellow Missionaries including nine nuns and Bishop Joseph Whelan of Owerri.

All were charged with illegal entry into Nigeria and working in that country without permits.  Fines were imposed but although the fines were paid the Missionaries were kept in detention. Police vans arrived to where they were under house arrest in Port Harcourt to take them to prison. The Missionaries, priests and nuns alike, staged a sit down in the street demanding to be released as the fines imposed on them had been paid.

The local police and the military authorities could not agree as to what to do with the recalcitrant Missionaries but eventually the impasse was resolved and they were all lodged in a local prison. Cell blocks originally built to accommodate two prisoners were for the next six or seven days home to groups of ten Irish clerics.  Fr. Caffrey and his colleagues were eventually taken from the prison and brought to the local airport where on the instructions of the Police Inspector General they were flown to Lagos from where they were deported from Nigeria.

The fate of the Irish Missionaries who had been the backbone of the Biafran relief effort was later reported in the Evening Herald of 16th February 1970 under the headline, “Jail Protest – Nuns and Priests sit in street.”

After being expelled from Nigeria in February 1970, Fr. Caffrey was assigned to Kenya the following year. He taught Applied Mathematics at Polytechnic School in Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa until he took up pastoral ministry in the late 1970s.

He served in Mwatate Mission, in Kenya’s Taita County from 1979-1983 before moving to St. Mary’s School, in the capital Nairobi where he spent over a decade as bursar before returning to Ireland in 1995.

A fine cook who was renowned for his hospitality and welcome, Fr. Caffrey was known to like parties and enjoyed having visitors for dinner.

He also applied his interests in mathematics and science wherever he was, deriving much satisfaction from the use of technology to improve the quality of life of those living or working with him. A keen reader and fond of travel, he never lost contact with friends and family.

Having done pastoral work in Penascola, Florida for a short time, Fr. Frank returned to Ireland in 1996. He served in St. Michael’s parish, Athy in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin until 2003 when he moved to the Parish of the Resurrection, Bayside on Dublin’s northside.

Community Bursar at the Spiritan Provincial House in Ireland from 2007 to 2012, Fr. Caffrey was then appointed to Kimmage where he served until his death on April, 14.

His niece, Fiona MacCarthy mourned him on Twitter April 17: “Tomorrow we will bury my wonderful uncle, Fr. Frank Caffrey, who died Tuesday of Covid-19. He was among the brave cohort of priests and nuns expelled from Nigeria for their efforts to feed and protect people from government forces during the Biafran war.”


“He was Bishop at a time when truth and courage were dangerous attributes to possess or fight for. Ndingi belonged to a rare breed. He belonged to an irreplaceable generation of religious leaders that stood for greater ideas for the Church and for the country,” said Kaikai during the April 2 program, News Gang.

He said that besides Ndingi Mwana a Nzeki in Nakuru, the Catholics had sainthood-bound Maurice Cardinal Otunga, the Archbishop of Nairobi, the soft-spoken but firm John Njenga in Mombasa, a fiery Zaccheus Okoth in the Archdiocese of Kisumu as well as Anglican and Presbyterian leaders who kept the government in check.

“Together with Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki, these religious leaders stood for the good of all Kenyans in a most unique way. Together with Ndingi, they made the pulpit an authoritative source of hope and common good,” said Kaikai.


By Peter Mapuor Makur

JUBA , 06 November, 2020 / 9:51 PM (ACI Africa).-

To the people of South Sudan and Uganda, Mexican-born Comboni Missionary Fr. Jesus Aranda Nava will be remembered most for his dedication to the poor refugees who he served until he met his death in Uganda earlier this week.

Aged 68, Fr. Aranda succumbed to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday, November 4 at St. Mary’s Lachor Hospital in Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese. The health facility is located towards the country’s border with South Sudan where the Comboni Missionary Cleric had been ministering to South Sudanese refugees.

In an interview with ACI Africa Friday, November 6, the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan, Fr. Louis Okot said the Cleric had been admitted to the Ugandan Hospital on October 20 with symptoms of malaria and pneumonia.

“Fr. Aranda was later tested and found to have COVID-19. He passed away on the 4th of November,” Fr. Okot told ACI Africa November 6.

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    By Magdalene Kahiu

    MERU , 28 April, 2020 / 11:47 PM (ACI Africa).-

    The Bishop Emeritus of Kenya’s Meru Diocese, Bishop Silas Silvius Njiru succumbed to COVID-19 in the early hours of Tuesday, April 28 in Italy where he has been residing. He was 91.

    “Bishop Silas Njiru was residing at the Blessed Joseph Allamano house in Alpignano, Turin Italy. He was taken to Rivoli Hospital, due to COVID-19 infection, where he passed away on Tuesday, April 28 at 12.30 a.m.,” the Secretary General of the Consolata Missionaries, Fr. Pedro Jose da Silva Luoro announced in a statement.

    He added, “Let us pray for his Eternal Rest.”

    Bishop Silas is the second African Prelate to die of COVID-19 after Bishop Gérard Mulumba Kalemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who died on April 15 at the age of 82.
    Credit: ACI Africa.
    By Peter Mapuor Makur

    JUBA , 16 July, 2020 / 9:00 PM (ACI Africa).-

    The leadership of Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference that had previously expressed commitment to contribute to the Vatican COVID-19 Fund has responded by cutting on other Church projects to raise money towards the Fund.

    Speaking to ACI Africa in the country’s capital Juba, Executive Director for Caritas South Sudan Gabriel Yai, said for the management to contribute, it took a small amount of money from their incumbent projects.

    “With the small project that we are implementing under the emergency appeal, we decided to take something from the administration cost to be our contribution for the Caritas Internationalis Solidarity Fund for COVID-19,” said Mr. Yai.

    In April this year, Pope Francis made a special appeal, creating an emergency fund at the Vatican to tackle the pandemic in the mission countries around the globe, Catholic News Agency reported.

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Migrant advocates and Roman Catholics on Sunday marked the death of Rev. Pedro Pantoja, a priest who helped found a migrant shelter in the northern Mexico city of Saltillo.

    Pantoja died of COVID-19 on Dec. 18. The shelter where he long worked, the Casa del Migrante, confirmed that he was hospitalized on Dec. 12 because of a coronavirus infection.

    Bishop emeritus Raúl Vera said it was a sign from God that Pantoja died on Dec. 18, which is the international day of migrants.

    “Here, our Father, was saying ’this son of mine will be an advocate before me for the migrants of the world,” Vera said in a mass Sunday.

    The Casa del Migrante wrote in a statement that “he too was here as a migrant, and his journey has reached its final destination, with God.”

    HAYS, Kansas — In Ellis County, 91-year-old Ronald Thyfault was the first person to die of COVID-19, on July 15.——————————————-
    The rules surrounding COVID-19 patients and funerals have continued to evolve during the pandemic. Normandin said when her father was hospitalized early in July, family was not permitted to visit him.

    Virginia Thyfault said her husband often repeated, “Thy will be done,” throughout his life. She said the last weeks during her husband’s illness were difficult especially because they had not been apart for more than two hours in the last five years, and then when he went into the hospital for two days, she couldn’t be with him.

    Shortly before her husband fell ill, the couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. One of the mainstays of their marriage was prayer.

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    China jails citizen-journalist for four years over Wuhan virus reporting
    By Reuters Staff

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese court on Monday handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak on the grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, her lawyer said.
    Police vehicles are seen outside Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court before the trial of citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan, who reported from Wuhan during the peak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Brenda Goh

    Zhang Zhan, 37, the first such person known to have been tried, was among a handful of people whose firsthand accounts from crowded hospitals and empty streets painted a more dire picture of the pandemic epicentre than the official narrative.

    DeWitt priest got Covid, spent 5 months on ventilator: I really didn’t think I was going to make it
    Updated Dec 25, 2020; Posted Dec 24, 2020
    J. Robert Yeazel
    By Elizabeth Doran |

    DEWITT, NY – Twice Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel’s family was told he was on the cusp of death, unlikely to survive his fight with Covid-19.

    Yeazel felt it in his bones. He was just so wiped out. He confesses he really didn’t think he would make it.

    At one point, he asked nurses for paper and pen. He gathered his strength and wrote a short letter to his brother and nephews telling them how much he loved them, and not to worry as they’d done everything they could for him.

    “I told them if I lived, I lived,” he said. “And if I died, I died.”

    The 79-year-old priest who served in the Syracuse diocese for more than 50 years survived a nearly seven- month battle with Covid-19.

    Coronavirus aggravates Thailand’s plastic waste crisis
    Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic, but COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown has led to a huge rise in the nation’s plastic waste. Food delivery emerged as a big contributor to the problem.
    Coronavirus aggravates Thailand’s plastic waste crisis

    Southeast Asia is one of the biggest sources of plastic waste from land to the ocean, and Thailand is among the top five contributors. In January, Thailand placed a ban on single-use plastic, and was looking to reduce its plastic waste by 30% this year.

    But the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown has led to a huge rise in the country’s plastic waste. According to the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), the average amount of plastic waste went from 2,120 tons per day in 2019 to approximately 3,440 tons per day between January and April 2020. The rise in the month of April alone was nearly 62%.

    List of deaths due to COVID-19
    12 April 2020 André Manaranche 93 Jesuit priest and theologian France (Lille)
    n 1986, Edmond Barbotin, French religious adviser to the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe, entrusted Manaranche with the chaplaincy of the Rover Scouts. He aided the annual pilgrimage to Vézelay, where he would attend All Saints’ Day. He stayed in this position for ten years.

    Due to his many religious works, linguist Bernard Pottier expressed the importance of Manaranche’s books.[4]
    André Manaranche died on 12 April 2020 in Lille at the age of 93 due to COVID-19.[5]
    20 March 2020 Tarcisio Stramare 91 Roman Catholic priest Italy (Imperia)
    Tarcisio Stramare was an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology and directed the Giuseppino Movement, which, founded in 1963, became an important organ of the Congregation of the Oblates of San Giuseppe, for the study and diffusion of the cult of Saint Joseph.

    He carried out an intense activity as an essayist and a publicist, linked above all, but not only, to his profound knowledge of Scripture and the studies of Josephology. Among the latter we remember: Saint Joseph in Sacred Scripture, theology and worship (1983), Saint Joseph in the mystery of God (1992), Jesus called him Father. Historical-doctrinal review of Saint Joseph (1997) and Saint Joseph, the saint closest to Jesus (2008). Of a more properly biblical nature are: Matthew the divorcee? Study on Matthew 5, 32 and 19, 9 (1986), The Theology of Divine Revelation (2000), The Marriage of the Mother of God (2001) and Via Crucis. In the footsteps of the Redeemer (2004).

    2 April 2020 François de Gaulle 98 Catholic priest and missionary France (Paris)
    The nephew of Charles de Gaulle, François joined the White Fathers in 1940, and entered seminary in Tunisia. Starting in 1950, he spent 50 years in French Upper Volta, and watched as it transitioned to Burkina Faso.

    De Gaulle was the author of J’ai vu se lever l’Église d’Afrique, produced from interviews with Victor Macé de Lépinay and published in 2011.

    De Gaulle died on 2 April 2020 in Bry-sur-Marne at the age of 98 due to COVID-19 during the pandemic in France.[2]
    7 April 2020 Tom Scully 89 Priest and football manager Ireland (Dublin)
    Scully was a native of Aharney in Tullamore.[3][4] He had two brothers and six sisters: Ned, Michael, Nance (Hanlon), Mary (Garry), Rose (Cleary), Margaret (Henry), Lily (MacDonald) and Emily (Hanlon). All bar Emily predeceased him.[4] He studied philosophy at UCD[5] and theology at the Oblates Scholasticate in Piltown Co. Kilkenny.

    During the 1960s, Scully trained the Belcamp College boarding school team in Dublin to three Leinster Schools’ Football Championships.[1] He led Offaly to the final of the 1968–69 National Football League (their first), the Leinster Senior Football Championship title (their third) and then to the 1969 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final (their first since 1961), having only taken over that year (though he would have trained any Offaly players living in Dublin).[1][6]

    Scully departed for South Africa in 1970 to teach mathematics in Johannesburg.[1] However, apartheid did not suit him and he moved to England instead
    13 April 2020 José Marroquín Yerovi 76 Priest Ecuador (Guayaquil)
    He was born in Quito, Ecuador, on November 15, 1943, in a family with Christian roots; he had five siblings.[2] In 1966 he graduated in engineering at the National Poytechnic School.[2]

    He joined Opus Dei in 1970, and moved to Rome shortly thereafter, to study theology and live close to the founder of Opus Dei, Josemaría Escrivá.[2] He studied at the University of Navarra, where he graduated in 1974 and obtained a doctorate in Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1978.[2]

    In 1980 he returned to Ecuador and performed many priestly tasks, in which he spent thirty years at the Intisana school in Quito, where thousands of students received the sacraments from his hand, and hundreds of families and teachers received their spiritual guidance.[2]

    In 2009 he traveled to Guayaquil, where he remained for ten years as parish priest of the San Josemaría Escrivá Rectoral Church, located at km 7.5 of Samborondón avenue, and worked as Chaplain at the Delta Women’s College.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2017, together with the parishioners of the San Josemaría Church, he carried out the Nuevo Amanecer project, for the construction of a parish for the residents of Socio Vivienda I and II, since the priest of the parish officiates masses in that place after the visit of Pope Francis in 2015, using metal structures with beams that were used during the Pope’s ceremony in the Parque Samanes.[7][8]

    On December 17, 2018, during a solemn ceremony celebrated by the mayor of Samborondón, José Yúnez, for the anniversary of the creation of La Puntilla, Marroquín was awarded the Reconocimiento al Mérito Humanístico.[9]

    1 May 2020 Gilbert Luis R. Centina III 72 Catholic priest, poet and writer Spain (León)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Gilbert Luis R. Centina III
    Born La Carlota City, Philippines
    Occupation Roman Catholic priest, author
    Gilbert Luis R. Centina III (May 19, 1947 – May 1, 2020)[1] is a Filipino-American award-winning Roman Catholic poet[2] who was the author of nine poetry books, two novels and a book of literary criticism. Respected for his poetry,[3][4] his works have been anthologized in Philippine high school and college textbooks[5] and published in the Philippines, Spain, Canada and the United States. Besides English, he also wrote in Spanish and in two Philippine languages, Hiligaynon and Tagalog. He received the Catholic Authors Award in 1996 from the Asian Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Manila under Cardinal Jaime Sin. Centina was an Augustinian friar[6] under the Spanish circumscription of the Madrid-based Augustinian Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines. In 2020, he became a charter member of the Augustinian Province of St. John of Sahagún of Spain which was formed when the Philippine province and three other provinces in Spain and Portugal united into a single circumscription. For his efforts to preserve the Spanish language in the Philippines through his essays and poetry, he was praised as a “defender of the Spanish language” in that country.[7][8][9]
    9 May 2020 Johannes Beck 97 Jesuit priest and social ethicist Germany (Munich)
    Beck joined the Jesuit order in 1948. After the theological training he received, on July 31, 1956 he was ordained at the St. Michael’s Church in Munich.

    He was particularly involved in the worker and company pastoral care and campaigned for social justice and Catholic social teaching, in particular for the principle of solidarity in large industrial companies. Among other things, he served for many decades as a spiritual advisor to the Catholic Workers’ Movement (KAB). As the successor to Franz Prinz SJ, he headed the Werkgemeinschaft christischer Arbeiter in Munich.[2] From 1979 to 1991, Beck was director of the “Social Seminar” at Münchner Bildungswerk and after his retirement from 1991 to 2012 he was involved in teaching.[3][4]

    He lived in the Jesuit community Pedro Arrupe in the St. Katharina Labouré nursing home in Unterhaching near Munich. He died in May 2020 at the age of 97 in Unterhaching as a result of COVID-19.[1][5]

    10 June 2020 Haidari Wujodi 80–81 Poet and scholar Afghanistan (Kabul)
    At fifteen, Haidari went to Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan where he established his literary associations with Sufi Ashqari at his bookbinding shop. Ashqari later introduced him to a group of poets who used to exchange verses while gathering on his shop. Later, he subsequently joined a public library and started working for earning purposes. During the early 1990s, the Islamic government followed by the Afghan soviet withdrawal, offered him a job at an educational foundation where he used to work at periodicals section every day for one hour.[8]

    Prior to start writing poetry, he served a six year military career with the Afghan Army before starting administrative work for the government in 1634 and remained associated with military service for six year, and later was appointed head of the Kabul Library where he served until 2020. After he retired from the literary service at public library, he wrote a letter to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, requesting to construct doors and walls at a literary workplace and wished to work there for free, the president, however, accepted the offer and also issued a decree granting him permanent pay and retention.[9]


    Wilson Roosevelt Jerman was born in Seaboard, North Carolina in 1929, the son of a farm worker. He dropped out of school at the age of 12 to work on a farm.[2] In 1955, he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a caterer before being hired as a cleaner by the White House in 1957 during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.[3]

    Jerman was promoted to butler under John F. Kennedy; Jackie Kennedy gave Jerman two signed paintings that he hung in his home.[1] He continued as a butler in the White House until his retirement in 1993 during the Bill Clinton administration. He returned to the White House in 2003 in the George W. Bush administration. He worked as a maitre d’ and elevator operator for Barack Obama before his final retirement in 2012.[4]

    To commemorate his 50-plus years of service in the White House, President Obama presented him with a series of plaques depicting all 11 presidents he served. First Lady Michelle Obama included a picture of her and the president in an elevator with Jerman in her best-selling memoir, Becoming.[5]

    Jerman was married twice and had 5 children. His first wife, Gladys, died in 1966; Lyndon B. Johnson asked his personal physician to treat her before she died. His second wife, Helen, died in the 1990s.[6]

    Jerman died at the age of 91 on May 16, 2020 from complications due to COVID-19.
    Coronavirus deaths USA.

    A champion of the labour movement
    Ruben Burks, the first African-American secretary-treasurer of the United Auto Workers, died due to coronavirus on April 6, his grandson confirmed to CNN. He was 86.

    While working in a General Motors Factory in Michigan, Burks joined a local union and worked his way up to the UAW’s second-highest position, the union said. He spent more than 60 years championing the work of women and people of colour in the labour movement.

    A priest in Brooklyn
    The Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay, a Catholic priest in Brooklyn, died on March 27 at Wyckoff Hospital Medical Center in the New York borough from complications related to coronavirus. The 49-year-old is believed to be the first Catholic priest in the United States to die due to Covid-19, the Brooklyn diocese said. ————————-
    Known as Father Jorge, he also coordinated Brooklyn Diocese’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day traditions, including a Mass attended by thousands of pilgrims followed by a torch-lit pilgrimage through the streets of Brooklyn and Queens.
    William Helmreich, a respected sociologist, authored nearly 20 books.
    A professor at City College of New York, Helmreich wrote nearly 20 books, including “The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City,” which chronicled his walks through New York talking to and learning about its residents.
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, met Dr James Goodrich when Gupta was a neurosurgery resident. He wrote a tribute in which he remembered Goodrich as a preeminent pediatric brain surgeon who dropped out of college at one point to become a “surfer dude.”

    Rabbi Avraham Hakohen “Romi” Cohn
    A native of Pressburg, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, Cohn was a 16-year-old member of the underground resistance when he helped save 56 families from the Holocaust, according to Yeshiva World News and a biography of the rabbi posted on New York Rep. Max Rose’s congressional website in January. His mother and four siblings died in a concentration camp.
    A Detroit policeman
    Capt. Jonathan Parnell was the leader of the homicide unit in the Detroit Police Department.
    Parnell was a “true leader” who never complained, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who announced Parnell’s death on March 25. He just wanted to make sure his men and women would put forth their very best, Craig said.

    Dez-Ann Romain worked with Adams’ office to create a “first-of-its-kind” urban farming program at the high school where students grew fresh produce for people in need.
    Terrence McNally, an acclaimed playwright, died from coronavirus complications, his publicist Matt Polk said.
    McNally, 81, was a four-time Tony award winner known for his musicals “Ragtime,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” and numerous other musicals, plays as well as film and television screenplays.

    Ron Golden, a “tough-as-nails Marine who was a big teddy bear on the inside,” died after being diagnosed with the virus, according to his sister Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.
    “Almost exactly two months after we buried our dad, my brother Ron passed away on Saturday (March 21)
    When Bill Pike, 91, was admitted to the hospital a few weeks before he died, his family thought he had pneumonia, his son Daniel Pike told CNN. A week after he was admitted, the Connecticut man was sedated and on a ventilator.
    “Nobody, nobody thought he had this,” Daniel Pike said.
    Shortly before he died on March 18, Bill Pike received his last rites over the phone, with his wife and three children listening in from quarantine.
    One New Jersey family is mourning the loss of not one, but four beloved family members — all of them lost to the coronavirus within a week.
    “It’s absolutely surreal,” Elizabeth Fusco told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “They were the roots of our lives … It’s like the second we start to grieve about one, the phone rings and there’s another person gone, taken from us forever.”
    Among the family members lost was Elizabeth’s oldest sister, Rita Fusco-Jackson. She died on March 13, according to The New York Times.
    Days later, on March 18, Elizabeth’s brother Carmine Fusco died, just hours before their mother and the family matriarch, 73-year-old Grace Fusco, died, too.
    And another brother, Vincent Fusco Jr., passed away on March 19.

    A former magician
    Richard Curren, a father of two, died March 17, just a few days after falling ill.
    He had been living at an assisted living facility in Florida with his wife of more than five decades.


    Based on NVSS data, excess deaths have occurred every week in the United States since March 2020. An estimated 299,028 more persons than expected have died since January 26, 2020; approximately two thirds of these deaths were attributed to COVID-19.

    METHOD On April 5, 2020, Google internet search was performed using the keywords “doctor” “physician” “death” “COVID” “COVID-19” and “coronavirus” in English and Farsi, and in Chinese using the Baidu search engine.

    RESULTS We found 198 physician deaths from COVID-19, but complete details were missing for 49 individuals. The average age of the physicians that died was 63.4 years (range 28 to 90 years)


    Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA- Died May 3, 2020 Age 88

    Joan Cunnane was the mother-in-law of Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean. The Congresswoman remembered Cunnane as an activist who campaigned for Barack Obama and fought for civil rights and voting rights. She said the family would miss “her passion, quick wit, linguine and clams — and her love and dedication to human rights and women’s rights.”

    Seattle, Washington, USA
    Died March 9, 2020 Age 86

    Kenneth Hunt was an NCAA wrestling champion while in college at Cornell University, where he once had a memorable match against former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Hunt was the only wrestler who could beat the formidable Rumsfeld.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    Died April 18, 2020 Age 87
    Msgr. Joseph Murray was a teacher and principal at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was beloved by the students, who said he was approachable and fair. Family members remembered him as the “funny uncle” who could help get the kids out of a tight spot with their parents.

    McINTYRE, JUNE D., 94, a longtime resident of East Falls, died Easter Sunday at Spring House Estates, Lower Gwynedd, of dementia and COVID-19. Mrs. McIntyre began her career in 1942 at Kensington National Bank. In 1968, she became Girard Bank’s first female branch manager. She retired in 1980 from Mellon Bank. Born in Pennsylvania’s coal region to Mary (nee Amalavage) and Bernard Sklaris, Mrs. McIntyre was raised in Mahanoy City. She loved her Lithuanian heritage; she danced in costume at the 1939 World’s Fair and kept the tradition of Lithuanian food alive in her family. She was a devout Catholic who reveled in challenging priests about some doctrines.

    Published in The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Tree of Remembrance
    Tree of Remembrance’s Obituary

    The Two Thousand and Twenty Tree of Remembrance Necrology

    John Lovejoy, Jr. * Jane L. Rauschenbach * Altha Thomas * Victor Diaz * Shannon VanGilder * Clare Trimble *
    David Anthony Nolan * Linda Payne *
    Kathleen Hitsman * Billy Eugene Hall * Phillip Lee Spears * Alice Jackson * Corey Manuel Rodriguez * SFC Katty Makkar * Clara Jean “Cookie” Link * William Vasas Luzius * Donald Maynard * Morris Williams, Sr. * Bobby Elkins * Julia Herbert * Mary Fobel * Victoria Torres * Gayle Henning * Gloria H. Wright * James Richard Papenfoth * Deborah Lynn Legg * Marlene Kolenz * James F. Wilson * Judith Ann Runyeon * Marie Buchanan * Donald Bishop * Ronald Patrick *
    Jossie Slone * Kennedy Lee Hammond * Raymond “Tony” Eggers * Laura Elizabeth Pierce * Khalesi Marie Lugo * Sanford Finchum * Florence Napier *
    Dorothy Hancock * Edward T. Terbrack, Jr. * Jerome “Jerry” L. Loss * MaKayla Harvey * Joseph R. Neelon, Sr. * Christina Cefaratti * Jimmy Lee Aarons *
    Susanne Carpenter Martin * Michele Marie Denham-Lee * Larry Edward Collins * Jonathon Lee Hughes * Bewnet Beyene Seyfu * Delilah Gabrielle Amyra Rodriguez * Linda Richardson * Anna Falkosky * Leonides Lopez * Joseph Leachman * Nancy Hovis * Michael Poland * Harry Lall * Robert Smith * Katherine Dempsey *
    MaryEllen Ring * Orlee Barker-Stiles * Raymond Benyo * Martin Goodlace * Emerita Masis * Phillip Bradley Hall * William A. Thomas * Ronald Wayne Metheney * Bruce Wayne Lefler, Jr. * Zachary Isaac Lopez * David Hamilton * Logan Crum * Ronald L. Humphrey, Jr. * Debra Bell * Perry Genis * Joseph William Ponsford * Camille Maria Simpson * Patty J. Smith * Heaven Grace Sauer * Betty Ann Whitman-Gibson * Krystyna A. Beserman * Jerry Johnson * Thomas Allen Ody *
    Carrie Cola Miller * James Vorell * Patricia Kidwell * Gabriel Berrios * Adele Albrecht * Melvin Bradshaw, Jr. * Janet Lee Elliott * Glenda Mae Williams * Peggy J. Knauf * David E. Emerson * Ruth Torres * Edna Fae Ricker * Isabel Roman * Judith Jones * Allan C. Runyeon * Lawrence Kruszewski * David Evan Shugar * Jeremy Scott Diack * Mark Allen Houchins * Ruth Rita Brown * Curtis Cummings * John Stipanovich * Sir Amari Bloodsaw * Daniel Martin * Joann Tate * Debra Gibson * Roy Rayzor * Michael Ellis * Cynthia Chundzinski * Linda Schaad * Linda Teresa Ruth Campbell Carreras * Joseph Houdek * Thomas Joseph Meagher * Jeffrey Whittington *
    Denis Duchon * Lawrence Wolschleger * Thomas Graham * Norma B. Hindman * Eleanor M. Ely * Millie Bellamy * Charles Lee Smith * David Watson * Denise Johnson * Charles Warren * James Kevin Bond * Helga Paul * Jeanine Joy Boyle Sargent * Lloyd F. Sizemore * Antonia A. Rowe * Anthony Hollis * Robert L. Angel *
    Dorothy A. Talpas * Andrew Lee Glass * Darren Wayne Good * Hooper Williford * MaryJane Federer * Darlene Mitchell * Ross W. Belcher * Lloyd Williford *
    Dorothy Stanley * Joan Evert * Trinidad Millian * Daniel Ripepi * Marylyn and Dick Latek *
    William Higginbotham
    The obituary reads: “David W. Nagy passed away on 07/22/20 in the ICU at Christus Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. He suffered greatly from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and the separation from his much loved family who were not allowed at his bedside.

    “He leaves behind his inconsolable wife Stacey, his five children Heath, Stephanie, Heather, David and Victoria, as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

    “David’s death was needless. The blame for his death and the deaths of all the other innocent people, falls on Trump, Abbott and all the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives.”

    It continues: “Also to blame are the many ignorant, self centered and selfish people who refused to follow the advice of the medical professionals, believing their ‘right’ not to wear a mask was more important than killing innocent people.

    New York Times dedicates entire front page to names of US coronavirus victims
    May 23, 2020 | 11:50pm
    The 1,000 miniature obituaries fill six full columns of the broadsheet and then continue inside, yet account for a fraction of the nearly 100,000 U.S. deaths due to the virus.

    The 1,000 miniature obituaries fill six full columns of the broadsheet and then continue inside, yet account for a fraction of the nearly 100,000 U.S. deaths due to the virus.
    Simone Landon, an assistant editor of the Gray Lady’s graphics desk, explained the front page was a way to find a more personal commemoration of the approaching grim benchmark.

    Jack Collis died after contracting virus at senior facility
    Jack Collis died after contracting virus at senior facility
    Collis beat prostate cancer and survived a broken hip before contracting COVID-19 at a memory care facility and dying a short time later.

    April 29, 2020

    They were politicians and pastors, nurses and students, teachers and firefighters. They came from every level of society, every state, every race, every age.

    Often, their loved ones had no idea how they had contracted COVID-19. But the sickness that followed hewed to a grim, familiar trajectory, one that felled grandmothers and granddaughters alike.

    Robert H. Garff, 77 Died March 29, 2020
    Politician, auto executive Bountiful, Utah
    Robert H. Garff was a titan in Utah, where he was the speaker of the Utah House of Representatives in the mid-1980s, ran a multistate chain of car dealerships started by his father, and became a multimillion-dollar donor to his alma mater, the University of Utah.
    U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, praised Garff for his chairmanship of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, which Romney later ran as the chief executive following a bribery scandal in which Garff was not implicated.
    In the United Kingdom, in April, ten days after testing positive for covid-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital. A spokesperson for Johnson called his hospitalization “a precautionary step”; the next evening, doctors moved him to intensive care.
    North Korea—where there have been no reported covid diagnoses, but lots of speculation about the leader’s health—is a particularly difficult story to cover.

    There’s been confusion, however, over whether reported death statistics reflect those who’ve died from COVID-19, or those who’ve died with the virus. Often it’s hard for medical practitioners to determine which of these categories a death falls into.
    For example, Victoria’s coroner is currently investigating the death of a man in his twenties, who was widely reported as being Australia’s youngest coronavirus death. The coroner is investigating whether his death was primarily caused by SARS-CoV-2, or whether the virus contributed less substantially to his death.

    While this death was reported on August 14 in Victoria’s daily death toll, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, as of August 28 it wasn’t counted in the federal COVID-19 death tally. It remains unclear whether the death has been added to the federal count as of today.

    Generally when a person dies a medical practitioner is responsible for indicating the cause of death. The doctor will complete a “medical certificate of cause of death”, and inform the Registry of Births, Death and Marriages in their state or territory.


    • northkerry says:

      Tribute to English Deaths from Covid 19, just a sample.

      Just short of 80,000 lives have been lost to coronavirus in the UK – victims of a pandemic that has claimed 1.8 million deaths worldwide.

      We have gathered tributes to 600 of those who have died. Below are words of remembrance from friends, family and colleagues.


      Terry Sullivan 90, Isle of Wight- Retired businessman

      “The warmest man we have ever known. Our greatest friend of 54 years. Everyone he met loved him. He always got a hug from the ladies, even the most reserved. He had very many friends. His kindness and generosity knew no bounds. Every day he would drive to his favourite place, Freshwater Bay.”


      Jo Moran 75, Barnstaple- Retired
      “A beautiful, gentle mother and grandmother, who was taken too soon, but the memory of her wonderful smile and giggles will remain in our hearts forever. Fly free, little night owl.”

      Aimee O’Rourke
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      Nurse, 39 Margate
      Ms O’Rourke was “such a kind and caring nurse” who had “a really special relationship with her patients and colleagues”, her ward manager said.
      “Nursing was something she had always wanted to do, although she came to it relatively late after raising her girls.”
      The 39-year-old died at the hospital where she worked – the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, in Margate, Kent.

      Barbara Moore
      Discharge planner, 54 Liverpool
      The grandmother, who worked at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, was an “unsung hero”, her local NHS trust said.
      Her job was to make arrangements to allow patients to safely leave hospital, having spent most of her career as a care worker for people with disabilities.
      “Barbara was a much-loved wife, mum, nan, sister, auntie, friend and beautiful person,” her family said.
      Jane Murphy
      Clinical support, 73 Edinburgh
      Known as “Mama Murphy” to her colleagues and friends, she had worked at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for almost 30 years.
      “She had the biggest heart, and was always there if I needed her,” said her friend Elaine Sibba.
      The clinical support worker had been placed on sick leave when the coronavirus outbreak first emerged due to her age.
      Linda Clarke
      Midwife, 66 Wigan
      Midwife Linda Clarke was a “valued” colleague who brought “many new lives” into the borough of Wigan and will be “greatly missed”, her local trust has said.
      Mrs Clarke was a delivery suite co-ordinator at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.
      Silas Nicholls, chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said she died on 17 April.
      Sophie Fagan
      Carer support specialist, 78 Homerton
      One of Homerton hospital’s “greatest stalwarts”, Mrs Fagan was still working at the age 78, having “refused to fully retire”.
      Her taste for “the brightest and most colourful jumpers, her elegance and her ability to talk to everyone and anyone made her stand out in the hospital corridors,” hospital chief executive Tracey Fletcher said.
      Barbara Sage
      Nurse, 68 London
      Mrs Sage, 68, from Bromley in south London, died in intensive care after spending more than 40 years working in palliative care.
      She was a Marie Curie nurse for 14 years, providing vital care and support on the front line to dying patients in the community.
      Matthew Reed, chief executive of Marie Curie, told BBC Breakfast: “Barbara was a beautiful person. She was kind, generous, giving, fun.
      Patrick McManus
      Nurse, 60 Stafford
      Patrick McManus was a “kind and compassionate” nurse and “larger-than-life” character, colleagues said.
      Originally from Strabane, in Northern Ireland, he had been a nurse for more than 40 years, including at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and then County Hospital in Stafford.
      He brought “kindness and compassion to all his patients” and took staff and students under his wing, the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
      Kirsty Jones
      Healthcare support worker, 41 Lanarkshire
      Mrs Jones spent much of her career working with older patients and recently took up new role on the front line at an assessment centre in Airdrie.
      Her husband Nigel said she was a “constant source of happiness” and “so proud” of their two sons.
      NHS Lanarkshire said colleagues “could attest to her professionalism, compassion and commitment”.
      Katy Davis
      Nurse, 37 Southampton
      Katy Davis, 37, died within three days of her twin sister, Emma, having both tested positive for Covid-19.
      The children’s nurse died at Southampton General Hospital on 21 April.
      Their sister, Zoe, said: “They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well. There are no words to describe how special they were.”
      Angie Cunningham
      Nurse Borders
      Ms Cunningham was a “much loved wife, mother, sister, granny and great granny” and said she was “a friend to many more”.
      Ms Cunningham had worked with NHS Borders for more than 30 years.
      “She was very proud to be a nurse, alongside her love for her family,” a joint statement from NHS Borders and her family said.
      Ann Shepherd
      Counsellor, 80 Long Eaton
      Ann Shepherd, who had worked in mental health services across Derbyshire for the last 26 years, was described as a a phenomenal character, full of colour and sparkle”.
      Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said she was “devoted to her work and her patients and was inspirational in her field” and “a huge impact on her patients”.
      Ms Shepherd had underlying health conditions, but even after her own provisional
      Cheryl Williams
      Ward housekeeper London
      Cheryl Williams, a ward housekeeper, was “a lynchpin of the care, comfort, and compassion”, North Middlesex University Hospital said.
      In a statement it said her patient care was “irreplaceable”.
      “Her family, friends and colleagues at North Middlesex University Hospital will miss her more than words can describe,” it added.
      Melonie Mitchell
      111 worker London
      Ms Mitchell’s death was confirmed by the London ambulance service, where she worked.
      Chief executive Garrett Emmerson said: “It is with great sadness I confirm the death of Melonie Mitchell, a member of our NHS 111 team.
      “Our condolences are with her family at this sad time. Melonie will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues across the service.”
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      Jo Moran, 75, Barnstaple- Retired
      “A beautiful, gentle mother and grandmother, who was taken too soon, but the memory of her wonderful smile and giggles will remain in our hearts forever. Fly free, little night owl.”

      Leslie Simmons, 77, Finchley, London- Retired
      “A more kind and caring man there has never been. Anyone blessed to meet Leslie can only gush at what a wonderful, compassionate, considerate gentleman he was.”

      Billy Adams, 87, Bowburn, Durham- Retired salesman
      “A great, loving family man, father of three, grandad of six and great-grandad of six, he loved life, and is greatly missed.”

      Steve Adams, 56, Greys- Purchasing manager
      “The most wonderful husband, dad and grandad. Taken too soon. A generous man, who didn’t have a bad word to say about others.”

      Chris Barrett, 75, Dibden Purlieu- Retired TV producer
      “Chris Barrett taught many of us so much and always with patience and encouragement. He loved a cheery programme, a crossword and a builder’s tea.”

      Barry Parker, 77, Warwick- Retired
      A “lovely” man remembered fondly by West Bromwich Albion fans.

      Gertie Browne, 79, London -Retired
      “Mum was a beautiful soul. Kind and generous to a fault. She looked for the good in everyone. She was a strong and capable woman. Her family were everything to her. She loved nature and was genuinely curious about the world. And she loved Elvis. A light has gone from our lives, never to be replaced.”

      Catherine Byrne, 49, Ashwell- Private tutor
      “Brilliantly funny, stupidly intelligent and the most popular, honest person you could meet. I had the good fortune to have her as my sister and I have valued every moment.”

      Eileen Landers, 67, Derby- Hospital cleaner
      “Known for her absolute dedication to her role, coming to clean the hospital and protect patients.”

      Nora Smith, 80, Loughborough- Retired
      “My mum Nora. She was a nanna, great-nanna too. Miss her so much.”

      Joan Agar, 76, Great Sutton -Retired, former publican
      “My wife and best friend. Joan was the kindest, most generous, loving person you could wish to meet. She only saw the best in people. I miss her love and friendship so much.”

      Mary Fisher, 77, Bangor, County Down -Housewife
      “Best granny and mother we could ask for. Miss you Granny, give Grandad a hug from us.”

      Catherine Sweeney, 64, Dumbarton -Care worker
      “A caring and generous person, especially when it came to her time.”

      Maureen Ellington, 60s, Bristol -Healthcare assistant
      “Kind-hearted, bubbly, caring and always joyous. She would light up any room she entered. She will always be in our hearts.”

      Debra Rose, 47, Edgware —Cashier at M&S
      “Beloved daughter, sister, auntie, friend and colleague. She never forgot a birthday.”

      Joe Herman, 90, London, Retired
      “A dad, a grandad, an uncle and a friend. He used to say every day was a good day. His positivity, cheerfulness, jokes and kind words, made the world a better place. Missed so much, but so many great memories.”

      Margaret “Peggy” Gillen, 87, Liverpool – Seamstress
      “Margaret “Peggy” Gillen. Sadly taken from us by coronavirus. One fight too much for this tough woman. Now at peace, with her parents and her beloved partner and companion, Fred.”

      John Brown, 89, Falkirk -Retired farmer and footballer
      “Husband, father and grandfather who had retired from farming in the 1980s. He used to play ice hockey for Scotland in the 1950s. Loved by friends and family. He was quiet man but had a great sense of humour.”

      Ann Fitzgerald, 65, Sale, Greater Manchester -Debt advisor

      “The sharpest and genuinely funniest person you could ever wish to meet. Ann’s smile would light up any room. She was a truly wonderful, vibrant person with a wicked sense of humour.”

      Laura Tanner, 51, Basildon -NHS administrator
      “With her warmth and sense of humour, she was a popular colleague.”

      Anne Murphy, 85, Ton Pentre, Rhondda – Retired police clerk
      “My beautiful mother and grandmother. We were so lucky to have you in our lives. Lots of love.”

      Josie Doherty, 77, East Lothian, Retired
      “She was such a “straight to the point, tell it how it is” woman. Her grandchildren were her world and miss her dearly. A right character that will be sadly missed by many.”

      Michelle King, 54, Coventry, Unemployed
      “My caring, beautiful, Mommy and grandma. I will love and miss you always.”

      Michael Gerard, 73, Leicester -Retired
      “He’s one of a kind and will be greatly missed.”

      Daniel Cairns, 68, Greenock, Renfrewshire – Retired church officer and football coach
      “He wasn’t just my brother, he was my best friend.”

      • northkerry says:

        Mixed Tributes from USA

        July 2020 death
        July 5 – Nick Cordero, 41: A Broadway star who found a multitude of new fans who rallied behind him as he struggled with COVID-19, died the day after the Fourth of July. His wife, Amanda Kloots confirmed on Instagram, “God has another Angel.” She said he was surrounded by his family, singing and praying.
        Scott Erskine, 57: American serial killer, who had been on death row since 2004 for the murder of two young boys in San Diego, died from COVID-19.
        Pamela Rush, 49: an American poverty, civil rights and environmental justice activist who lived in rural Tyler, Alabama and who fought against poverty and inequality passed away from COVID-19.

        Herman Cain, 74: American food executive (Godfather’s Pizza, Pillsbury Company) and politician, chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (1995-1996) COVID-19.

        Dame Olivia de Havilland, 104: She helped take down Hollywood’s studio system with a landmark legal victory in the 1940s. She was an Oscar winner (1947, 1950). She was the last remaining star of Gone With the Wind. She died of natural causes at her home in Paris, where she had lived for more than 60 years.
        August 2020
        Irene D. Long, 69: American physician, official at NASA and the first female chief medical officer at the Kennedy Space Centre.

        Daisy Coleman, 23: Daisy was one of the subjects of the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy. Coleman was raped at a party in Maryville, Mo., in January 2012, when she was 14 years old. Her perpetrator was never convicted. If that wasn’t bad enough, she was harassed online and at school AFTER the rape, which made national headlines. She attended Missouri Valley College and used her platform to co-found SafeBAE, an organization dedicated to ending the sexual assault of middle school and high school students. The organization also helps survivors cope with their own experiences. Daisy committed suicide.

        Frank Cullotta, 81: American mobster (Chicago Outfit, Hole in the Wall Gang)

        Trini Lopez, 83: American singer (“If I Had a Hammer,” “Lemon Tree”) and actor (The Dirty Dozen), COVID-19.

        Lungile Pepeta, 46: South African academic and paediatric cardiologist, executive dean of Nelson Mandela University, COVID-19.

        James “Kamala” Harris, 70: American professional wrestler (WWF, CWA, WCCW), COVID-19.

        Sept. 2020

        Jack Roland Murphy, aka Murph the Surf, 83: was convicted of murder in 1969. He also pulled off the biggest jewel heist in American history, the 1964 burglary of the jewel collection of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. He is also known for being a surfing champion, musician, author and artist.

        Tommy DeVito, 92: American Hall of Fame musician and singer, best known as a founding member, vocalist and lead guitarist from The Four Seasons, COVID-19.

        Bruce Williamson, 49: American singer (The Temptations), COVID-19.

        April 2020
        Tom Dempsey, 73: American football player (New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams), COVID-19.

        Alex Harvey, 79: American singer, songwriter and actor (Gettysburg, Fire Down Below, The Rainmaker), COVID-19.

        Olan Montgomery, 56: American actor (Stranger Things) and pop artist, COVID-19.

        Jerry Givens, 67: American chief executioner of Virginia (1982-1999) and anti-death penalty advocate, COVID-19.

        Ann Sullivan, 91: American animator (The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Atlantis: The Lost Empire), COVID-19

        Lorna Breen, 49: American physician, a NYC ER doctor who recovered from COVID-19 and continued to treat coronavirus patients, went home to Charlottesville, Virginia, and committed suicide. Her father said “She went down in the trenches and was killed by the enemy on the front line. She loved New York and wouldn’t hear about living anywhere else. She loved her coworkers and did what she could for them.”

        David Cohen, 102 and Muriel Cohen, 97: a WWII veteran and his wife, Muriel both died on the same day and of the same thing, COVID-19. They had been married for 78 years. Muriel was 97. They died within hours of each other.

        Mary Jane Fate, 86: American Athabaskan tribal leader, who strove to improve life for Alaska natives. Her husband of 65 years, former state Rep. Hugh “Bud” Fate was with her. When she was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014, a written biography stated that she “labored tirelessly to improve all aspects of Alaska Native people’s lives.”

        May 2020

        David Owen Brooks, 65: was an American serial killer and accomplice of serial killers Dean Coril and Elmer Wayne Henly, Jr., who abducted, raped, tortured and murdered at least 28 boys and young men between 1970-1973 in Houston, Tex. Their crimes were known as the Houston Mass Murders. They came to the authorities attention when Henley fatally shot Coril. Brooks died from complications of COVID-19.

        Marge Redmond, 95: she played Sister Jacqueline on TV’s The Flying Nun and later became known as the spokesperson in Cool Whip commercials. Her death was announced in the SAG-AFTRA magazine.

        Annie Glenn, 100: American disability rights activist and philanthropist, COVID-19.

        Irene Triplett, 90: American woman, last living recipient of a Civil War pension.

        June 2020
        Dick Johnson, 66: American news reporter (WMAQ-TV). Dick had pulmonary fibrosis and had been treated in a hospital in northern Michigan for complications related to his respiratory condition. He had gone to northern Michigan in early March after the advent of COVID-19. NBC veteran Art Norman praised Johnson for his incisive reporting on Chicago’s African American neighborhoods, adding that when he was reporting on the street, residents sometimes referred to him as “Brother Johnson.” He had been part of a Peabody Awad-winning team with at the Chicago NBC station and also was honored with national Emmys and a DuPont-Colombia award for his work.

        David Dorn, 77: African-American retired police captain was fatally shot by a rioter looting a pawn shop. The incident occurred during protests in St. Louis over the killing of George Floyd.

        Jack Whittaker, 72: American Powerball lottery winner. He claimed what was the largest lottery jackpot in history, $314,900,000 the day after Christmas, 2002. He was already a millionaire when he won the Powerball and had a very successful contracting/construction business at the time.

        Carl Reiner, 98: he was a comedian, a writer, a director, and actor whose contributions to the development of television comedy can’t be rivaled. He died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Reiner wed singer Estelle Lebost in 1943, beginning a 65-year marriages that ended when she died in 2008

        March 2020
        Terrence McNally, 81: American playwright (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!) and screenwriter, Tony winner (1993, 1995, 1996), COVID-19

        Maurice Berger, 63: American cultural historian, curator and art critic at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He died of COVID-19.

        April Dunn, 33: American disability rights activist, COVID-19.


        Bartholomew James “Bart” Ahern

        Bartholomew James “Bart” Ahern (06-07-2020) Bartholomew “Bart” James Ahern, 85, passed away on June 7, 2020 due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Bart was born on July 21, 1934 in Chicago, IL to Bartholomew and Pauline (Frankowski) Ahern and was the seventh of eight children. His family moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1950 where Bart graduated from Saint Mary’s High School in 1952.
        After graduation Bart chose to follow his faith and enrolled at St. John’s School of Theology in MN. He left the seminary after the death of his parents and began a 26 year career at the Mountain Bell Telephone Company (later AT&T), from which he retired in 1986. During his early years at Mountain Bell, Bart earned his BS degree from Arizona State University in 1963. He also briefly served as a Sergeant in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1965.

        On April 15, 1961, Bart married Rose Ann Sweeney (Seppelfrick) and raised three children, ————

        A Funeral Mass will be held on July 9th at 1:30 PM, at Our Lady of the Angels (Franciscan Renewal Center) 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

  2. northkerry says:

    NUNS DEATH 2020
    Thirteen nuns at a Roman Catholic convent in Livonia, Michigan, have died of COVID-19 complications since the outbreak began, 22% of residents, said a spokeswoman for the Felician Sisters of North America. Seventeen nuns recovered, Suzanne Wilcox English said Tuesday.

    The nuns — who ranged in age from 69 to 99 — included teachers, an author and a secretary in the Vatican Secretariat of State, according to the Global Sisters Report, an outlet of the National Catholic Reporter publishing company. The Global Sisters Report said the 13 deaths “may be the worst loss of life to a community of women religious since the 1918 influenza pandemic.”

    “I first heard two aides had contracted the virus,” Sister Andrew told Global Sisters Report. “We don’t know who they are, and we don’t want to know. Then it hit sisters on the second floor, and it went through like wildfire.”

    The outlet reported that at least 19 other nuns have died of COVID-related complications in the U.S. as of July 16.

    Michigan reported 573 new coronavirus cases and nine additional deaths Tuesday. Michigan ranks seventh for most COVID-related deaths among the states, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    “Hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and regular disinfecting will remain staples of our routines,” Sister Mary Christopher Moore, provincial minister in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, said on July 8. 2020
    A KIND-hearted nun who devoted her life to helping the homeless and hungry has died from coronavirus.
    Sister Sienna, 73, was rushed to hospital suffering from the effects of the killer bug after being taken hill at the convent where she lives.
    She had been a nun with Missionaries of Charity set up by Mother Theresa for 50 years and was taken ill as she distributed food to the homeless and hungry in Swansea, south Wales.
    Her condition deteriorated as she was in the Morriston Hospital and she was given the last rites before she died.
    The convent in Swansea is now in lockdown after other nuns showed symptoms.


    8 nuns die of COVID-19 in one week at Wisconsin convent: “We didn’t expect them to go so, so quickly”
    December 18, 2020 / 7:04 AM / AP

    Eight nuns living at a retirement home for sisters in suburban Milwaukee died of COVID-19 complications in the last week – including four who passed away on the same day. The deaths were a grim reminder of how quickly the virus can spread in congregate living situations, even when precautions are taken.

    Notre Dame of Elm Grove had been free of the virus for the last nine months, but the congregation that runs the home found out on Thanksgiving Day that one of the roughly 100 sisters who live there had tested positive. Despite social distancing and other mitigation efforts that were already in place, several more positive tests followed, said Sister Debra Marie Sciano, the provincial leader for School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province.

    8 nuns die of COVID-19 in last week at Wisconsin convent

    Amy Forliti, Morry Gash and Teresa Crawford
    Dec 18, 2020 associated press
    By Inés San Martín

    SANTA FE, Argentina (Crux) – Four out of the five Franciscan friars working in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo tested positive for COVID-19, with two of them dying from the disease.

    The information was sent to Crux by Father Ibrahim Alsabagh, the parish priest of the Latin Parish in Aleppo. He claimed the high percentage of cases – four out of five – was similar throughout the parish, although Crux could not independently verify these numbers.

    “We have been marked by this virus more strongly than you have experienced in other European countries and elsewhere,” he said. “Also due to the precariousness and lack of hospitals, medicines, doctors and nurses … the lack of experts in the field and gifted people who can tell people what to do and what not to do, through laws that guide behavior and action.”

    In a letter to Crux dated Sept. 14, Fr. Alsabagh notes that he’d been the only friar not affected by the virus, and he considered it a “providence,” as it allowed him to care for the two who survived, as well as keep the parish up and running.

    The priest also noted that the Syrian government has not implement a nationwide quarantine or lockdown to try to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus that’s responsible for over 936,000 deaths worldwide. Fr. Alsabagh said the parish tried to inform people about social distancing at a community level to avoid a larger catastrophe.

    Official numbers put the death toll for the virus in Syria at a relatively low level: Only 160 reported fatalities. However, the United Nations warned in late August that cases and deaths were being severely underreported, and that the transmission of COVID-19 was “widespread” in the country with an extremely fragile health system due to a decade-long civil war.

    “To fully understand the precarious situation of treatment and prevention, it is enough to say that for several days we have buried ten Christians a day who died from the virus,” Fr. Alsabagh told Crux. “If we generalize the number, it turns out that in Aleppo, inhabited by 2.5 million, there were 833 people a day. The very high number when compared with figures from other parts of the world gives you an idea of what challenge we face in the city.”
    JAMAICA — The first Sept. 11 anniversary taking place during the era of COVID-19 has added poignancy for a retired cop from Queens who lost her first responder husband to the virus in April.

    Victoria Burton’s husband, retired firefighter Michael Hankins, died on April 2 from COVID-19, years after contracting a severe case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and sleep apnea from working on the recovery effort at the World Trade Center site in the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.

    GERD is one of the diseases recognized by the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund as being an ailment caused by exposure to toxins at Ground Zero.

    Hankins, who served in the FDNY for 25 years, survived years with complications from GERD only to die of COVID-19.

    The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica, suffered the loss of its assistant principal, Joseph Lewinger, 42, on March 28.
    Churches saw parishioners die of COVID-19 or contract the virus and endure months of slow, painful recoveries.
    Father Longalong estimated that 40-50 of his parishioners died of COVID-19. “It had an impact here,” he said. “It isn’t just the deaths, it’s the trauma of knowing that relatives died isolated in the hospital without a family member there.”
    One parishioner made the decision to die at home rather than go to the hospital, Father Longalong said. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his wife and family.

    ROSARIO, Argentina – According to the latest report from the Multimedia Catholic Center, 81 priests and religious have died in Mexico after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus since March.

    The number includes 70 priests, six deacons and five religious, most of whom were from the archdioceses of San Luis Potosi, Morelia and Puebla.

    Most of the priests who died were actively working in parishes and churches across the country, with ages ranging from 39 to 85.

    On Aug. 6, the Multimedia Catholic Center recorded the day with the highest number of priests dying from the coronavirus, with five deaths in 24 hours.

    Among other things, the center tracks the number of church workers murdered each year, a ranking often headed by either Mexico or Colombia: Countries where priests, deacons, religious and catechists are often targeted by organized crime.

    According to the coronavirus tracker from Google News, there have been 522,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mexico up to Aug. 17, with a death toll of 56,757. This makes the country the third most affected in Latin America, coming in after Brazil – with the world’s second highest number of positive cases after the United States – and Peru.
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the number of COVID-19 cases rises dramatically in the U.S., Canada and around the world, government officials almost universally have returned to stricter lockdowns, with U.S. officials even urging families to reconsider how many people to host on Thanksgiving dinner or perhaps cancel the holiday meal altogether.

    Bishops have extended the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation for Catholics until sometime next year, and dioceses continue to strictly follow health protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    As of midday Nov. 23, the U.S. had 12,246,909 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 256,782 deaths; 41 states are seeing a spike in cases. In Canada, there were 330,503 confirmed cases and 11,455 deaths. The U.S. has tested nearly 181 million people for COVID-19, and Canada has tested over 10.8 million people.

    As COVID-19 cases have spiked in recent weeks, governments have doubled down on mandates to wear masks, social distance, and extensively clean and sanitize facilities.

    They’ve cracked down on how many people can patronize a restaurant or bar or a local gym at any given time and have severely limited the size of congregations for indoor or outdoor worship or in many cases forced houses of worship to close.

    By Chaz Muth
    Gun Control
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, prayed for the dead on the first anniversary in early August of the mass shooting at a Walmart in his city, he made that solemn tribute in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has kept much of the U.S. public in social-distancing mode.

    The level of gun violence, however, has not been reduced in the five months that Americans have sheltered in place and reduced public activity.

    Those numbers have actually risen, according to statistics released by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that catalogs every incident of gun violence in the United States, with 56 mass shootings reported in May.

    “We cannot simply accept it as the new normal,” Bishop Seitz told Catholic News Service.

    Firearm deaths rose by 16% in April and 15% in May, compared to the same months in 2019, with urban areas — experiencing increased unemployment and the stress of spikes in COVID-19 cases and deaths — bearing the brunt of the violence, data from the Gun Violence Archive shows.

    “For several decades, the bishops in the United States have been talking about gun violence and proposing different ways to encounter it, including reasonable measures of gun control to prevent guns from falling into the hands of folks who are going to do harm to others or to do harm to themselves,” said Michael B. O’Rourke, policy adviser for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Lobbying for reasonable gun laws on the state and federal level has continued among the U.S. bishops, who see this as a pro-life issue.

    Gun control is a political hot button for most Americans, pro and con, and it’s no different among Catholics. They are divided on the issue, with some wanting more restrictions on the purchase of weapons and others resisting any restrictions.

    Bishop Denis J. Madden, retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has testified about the impact of gun violence before committees of the Maryland General Assembly over the years and said he is always surprised by the contempt he encounters by people who believe he is trying to infringe on their right to bear arms.

    “I don’t believe that requiring gun registration and background checks is infringing on someone’s liberties,” Bishop Madden told CNS. “Some of the language hurled in these debates is disturbing to me, because it seems to discount the value of the lives lost to gun violence.”

    Homicides only accounted for about 35% of the nearly 40,000 U.S. firearm deaths in 2017, whereas self-inflicted firearm deaths accounted for about 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Health Statistics.




    By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    He never made a fortune, or a noise
    In the world where men are seeking after fame;
    But he had a healthy brood of girls and boys
    Who loved the very ground on which he trod.
    They thought him just little short of God;
    Oh you should have heard the way they said his name –

    There seemed to be a loving little prayer
    In their voices, even when they called him ‘Dad.’
    Though the man was never heard of anywhere,
    As a hero, yet somehow understood
    He was doing well his part and making good;
    And you knew it, by the way his children had
    Of saying ‘Father.’

    He gave them neither eminence nor wealth,
    But he gave them blood untainted with a vice,
    And opulence of undiluted health.
    He was honest, and unpurchable and kind;
    He was clean in heart, and body, and in mind.
    So he made them heirs to riches without price –
    This father.

    He never preached or scolded; and the rod –
    Well, he used it as a turning pole in play.
    But he showed the tender sympathy of God.
    To his children in their troubles, and their joys.
    He was always chum and comrade with his boys,
    And his daughters – oh, you ought to hear them say

    Now I think of all achievements ‘tis the least
    To perpetuate the species; it is done

    By the insect and the serpent, and the beast.
    But the man who keeps his body, and his thought,
    Worth bestowing on an offspring love-begot,
    Then the highest earthly glory he was won,
    When in pride a grown-up daughter or a son
    Says ‘That’s Father.’

    My Father

    By Anita Guindon

    He was a jolly little man full of fun and laughter,
    He played jokes on his fellow men
    And to him it did not matter.
    Education he had not,
    But what he learned he never forgot.
    He wrote what he knew all about cancer
    so that someday, there will be an answer.
    He joined the Canadian Medical Corps.
    And served in the Second World War.
    He risked his life, to save others,
    This man, that I call my Father.
    Seein’ my Father in me is the title of a song
    Which I can relate to as I do see my Father in me.
    I have a French accent just like my Father,
    I love walking, just like my Father,
    I love being with people, just like my father.
    But most of all, is my love for children, like my Father.

    By an Unknown Author

    We’ll always remember
    that special smile,
    that caring heart,
    that warm embrace,
    you always gave us.
    You being there
    for Mom and us,
    through good and bad times,
    no matter what.
    We’ll always remember
    you Dad because
    they’ll never be another one
    to replace you in our hearts,
    and the love we will always
    have for you.

    You Were There

    By an Unknown Author

    You were there when we took our first steps,
    And went unsteadily across the floor.
    You pushed and prodded: encouraged and guided,
    Until our steps took us out the door…
    You worry now “Are they ok?”
    Is there more you could have done?
    As we walk the paths of our unknown
    You wonder “Where have my children gone?”
    Where we are is where you have led us,
    With your special love you showed us a way,
    To believe in ourselves and the decisions we make.
    Taking on the challenge of life day-to-day.
    And where we go you can be sure,
    In spirit you shall never be alone.
    For where you are is what matters most to us,
    Because to us that will always be home…

    If You See My Dad In Heaven

    Jac Judy A. Campbell © Jac Judy A. Campbell more by Jac Judy A. Campbell

    Published: April 2017

    If you see my dad in Heaven
    He won’t be hard to find.
    He’ll be the one to greet you first,
    For he’s a one-of-a-kind.

    He’ll be the one with the softest voice,
    A veteran’s cap upon his head,
    Or he’s probably in God’s beautiful
    Garden, with a shovel in his hand.

    He’ll be watching the pretty hummingbirds,
    A warm smile upon his face,
    And as he leaves to go about, he’ll
    Be walking with strength and grace.

    He’ll sit among the story tellers,
    For that’s what he does best.
    He will tell about his life on earth
    Before he was called to rest.

    He’s with his Mom and Dad now,
    Embracing them tenderly.
    Never no longer to miss them or
    Wonder where they might be.

    He may be playing with the children,
    And there sits one upon his knee
    Laughing and singing the games of fun,
    Clapping hands so joyfully.

    Now if you haven’t found my Dad yet,
    He’s probably kneeling by the throne,
    Surrounded by God’s angels,
    Praying for his loved ones below.

    He wasn’t famous in this world
    Nor did any heroic deeds.
    He was a strong, hard-working man,
    Taking care of those in need.

    For you see, he was my hero,
    Bigger than big to me.
    He taught me all a son should know
    And about the love God has for me.

    So if you see my Dad in heaven,
    Tell him I’m doing fine.
    Let him know how much I miss him,
    And I think of him most of the time.

    You know he was my hero,
    So will you give him a hug or two?
    Tell him how much I love him and
    I’ll be seeing him someday soon.

    Don’t Cry For Me

    © Deborah Garcia Gaitan more by Deborah Garcia Gaitan

    Published: September 2015

    Don’t cry for me.
    I will be okay.
    Heaven is my home now,
    and this is where I’ll stay.

    Don’t cry for me.
    I’m where I belong.
    I want you to be happy
    and try to stay strong.

    Don’t cry for me.
    It was just my time,
    but I will see you someday
    on the other side.

    Don’t cry for me.
    I am not alone.
    The angels are with me
    to welcome me home.

    Don’t cry for me,
    for I have no fear.
    All my pain is gone,
    and Jesus took my tears.

    Don’t cry for me.
    This is not the end.
    I’ll be waiting here for you
    when we meet again.

    When You Speak of Her

    Author Unknown

    “When you speak of her,
    speak not with tears,
    for thoughts of her should not be sad.
    Let memories of the times you shared
    give you comfort,
    for her life was rich
    because of you.”

    Loved So Deeply

    By J. K. Rowling

    “Love as powerful as your mother’s
    for you leaves its own mark.
    To have been loved so deeply,
    even though the person who loved us is gone,
    will give us some protection forever.”

    Sacredness in Tears

    By Washington Irving

    “There is a sacredness in tears.
    They are not the mark of weakness,
    but of power.
    They speak more eloquently
    than ten thousand tongues.
    They are messengers
    of overwhelming grief
    and unspeakable love.”
    If There Are Any Heavens

    By E. E. Cummings

    “There are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have one.
    It will not be a pansy heaven nor a fragile heaven of lilies-of-the-valley
    but it will be a heaven of blackred roses

    my father will be (deep like a rose
    tall like a rose)

    standing near my

    (swaying over her silent)
    with eyes which are really petals and see

    nothing with the face of a poet really which
    is a flower and not a face with
    which whisper
    This is my beloved my

    (suddenly in sunlight

    he will bow,

    & the whole garden will bow)”

    God saw her getting tired, a cure was not to be.
    He wrapped her in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.’
    She suffered much in silence, her spirit did not bend.
    She faced her pain with courage, until the very end.
    She tried so hard to stay with us but her fight was not in vain,
    God took her to His loving home and freed her from the pain.

    You can shed tears that she is gone
    Or you can smile because she has lived
    You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
    You can remember her and only that she is gone
    Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
    You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
    Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    by David Harkins

    A wonderful mother, woman and aid,
    One who was better God never made;
    A wonderful worker, so loyal and true,
    One in a million, that mother was you.
    Just in your judgment, always right;
    Honest and liberal, ever upright;
    Loved by your friends and all whom you knew
    Our wonderful mother, that mother was you.
    We had a wonderful mother,
    One who never really grew old;
    Her smile was made of sunshine,
    And her heart was solid gold;
    Her eyes were as bright as shining stars,
    And in her cheeks fair roses you see.
    We had a wonderful mother,
    And that’s the way it will always be.
    But take heed, because
    She’s still keeping an eye on all of us,
    So let’s make sure
    She will like what she sees.

    A mom is one of life’s best gifts,
    Someone to treasure all life through,
    She’s caring and loving,
    Thoughtful and true,
    Someone who is always a special part of your life,
    Someone who holds a prime place in your heart,
    She’s a mentor, a confident and also a friend,
    Someone on whose love you can depend.
    A mom always has your best interests at heart,
    She’s someone so dear and so good,
    She’s a blessing, she’s a gift,
    She’s a treasure like no other,
    She’s someone that is truly wonderful.
    Wherever you go, and whatever you do,
    A mom’s love will always see you through,
    A mom is truly invaluable,
    Indispensable and unforgettable.
    I wouldn’t want anyone but you,
    And that’s why I’m so grateful,
    that life picked you for me.

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