Year For Priests

Readers share memories of priests

Their seeds bore fruit
Thank you, Father Thomas Bourque TOR, Father Mike Higgins TOR, and Msgr. John Seidenschwang, for saying yes to God’s call to the priesthood. Father Tom and Father Mike enriched my faith and spirituality during my education at St. Francis University. From the time of my birth to the day of his death, Msgr. John was a guiding presence in my life. Through their priesthood each of these men revealed God’s love for me with their acceptance, compassion, wisdom, faith, guidance, and sharing of the sacraments. The seeds they planted still grow; my life is forever
blest. "
— Geraldine Campbell,


Holy priests, nice guys
In the March 31 issue of The Long Island Catholic I read a glowing tribute to Monsignor Charles J. Nosser and I am totally in accord with all that was said and truly deserved. Our other priests at Our Lady of Victory, Father Bruno Dekrem, Father Walter Kedjierski, and our pastor Father John O’Farrell are good and holy priests and if they were not priests I would summarize by referring to them as hard working, competent, kindly nice guys."
— Rod Minogue,
Floral Park


Comfort and compassion
As parishioners of Holy Name of Mary Church in Valley Stream, we have been blessed with the love, compassion and service performed by our priests and religious who have served our parish with great pride and dedication.

We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to ‘shout out loud’ at the overwhelming ability of Msgr. Thomas Harold. He has taken time out of his busy schedule to personally walk with my wife Eileen and me on our journey through sickness and health.

Eileen has been sick for more than two years and there was never a time when I called upon Msgr. Harold that he did not respond with love and understanding. He was always there with comfort and compassion. Not only for me, but my family as well."
— Joseph and Eileen Scalise,
Valley Stream


Prayers brought peace
In December 1993, Father Richard Bauhoff offered to come to our home and offer Mass if my husband Larry felt up to it. Larry had been diagnosed with lung cancer in Nov. ’93. Larry was very pleased and with that Father Francis Midura, our pastor, came also.    When Larry was admitted to Winthrop Hospital Msgr. Midura came to visit him, said prayers and blessings and then left. We were quietly saying the rosary; suddenly we felt a peace in the room as if the angels came to take Larry’s soul. The nurse at the desk came in and said he is gone.
Msgr. Bauhoff’s and Msgr. Midura’s compassion and kindness to us during this difficult time will always be remembered."

— Terry Wachter, Westbury
Our Lady of Hope Parish,
Carle Place


Dedication, strength
Father Gabriel Muteru, now at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, was with us at St. Joseph’s, Garden City for a number of years. Father Gabriel is from Kenya and he shared many stories with us about his culture and his priestly formation. Many times when I stopped by our church to pray quietly in front of the Blessed Sacrament I would see him there alone deep in prayer. His devotion to the Blessed Mother was expressed many times in his homilies. Father Gabriel started all night Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on first Fridays in our parish. He invited me to be an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and that has become a great blessing in my life.

His dedication to serve Jesus and His Church and to speak out on the truths of Christ in our world today is a valuable gift of strength and love to all who know
— Irene F. Crea
St. Joseph’s,
Garden City


True example of Christ’s love
During Holy Week of 2002 when my younger brother was dying, Father Jerry DiSpigno showed me the love of Christ. Luke had been sick with cancer for a very long time and Father Jerry would often come to visit. He was always there to talk to, and I could trust him. I was very young and the fact he took time out of his busy schedule, during Holy Week, to visit and take care of me and my family really helped. With him there it made a huge difference and I can not think of how it would have been if he had not been there. Father Jerry is a true example of the love of Christ and a good role model for all priests."
— Morgan Faye Tolson Neuhedel (age 14),
Massapequa Park