Msgr. Funaro, seated, with the parish clergy, just before Midnight Mass 2012.
My pastor emeritus, Msgr. Joseph Funaro, is gravely ill. Please whisper a prayer for him and all who love him.
He mentored me through diaconate formation, and helped make me the deacon I am today. Across the years, he has been a gracious and generous friend to both me and my wife.
Below is a piece of music that’s especially close to his heart: Adoramus Te, Christe, from “The Seven Last Words” by Dubois. That oratorio is a staple at our parish on Good Friday.
We adore Thee, O Christ, And we bless Thee,
Who by Thy Holy Cross hath redeemed the world.
He who suffered death for us, O Lord, O Lord, have mercy on us.