As parishioners and the Redemptorist neighborhood at St. Alphonsus in Brooklyn Center mourn the decline of parochial vicar and Redemptorist Father Tony Decide, a 6 p.m. rosary and 7 p.m. memorial Mass are established for Aug. 12 at the church. Father Judge, 68, died unexpectedly at the rectory Aug. 5.
His funeral Mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 14 at St. Alphonsus Ligouri “Rock” church in St. Louis. Burial will just take put at a later date at the Redemptorist Cemetery in Liguori, Missouri.
A native of St. Louis, Father Decide served at the Brooklyn Center parish for six many years with a local community of Redemptorist clergymen that features the pastor, Redemptorist Father John Schmidt. Father Judge’s ministry also included 10 years as a missionary in Brazil and many stops in Spanish-speaking communities across the western 50 % of the United States.
“He was the coronary heart and soul of the Hispanic ministry at this parish,” said Redemptorist Father Invoice Peterson, who lived and served with him at St. Alphonsus. Father Decide read confessions, celebrated Masses, served as a counselor, Father Peterson explained.
Though Father Choose experienced from well being challenges, Father Peterson reported, “I hardly ever read him ever complain, not just one time.”
Father Choose also was an avid College of Notre Dame football enthusiast, Father Peterson mentioned. “If ever you wanted to get on the incorrect side of him, you just had to sit in a room with a Notre Dame football sport on and cheer for the other group,” he claimed.
Redemptorist Father Marcel Okwara, also a member of the parish’s Redemptorist local community, said he observed Father Decide on the floor and unresponsive in his place at the rectory, which is hooked up to the church. Paramedics arrived but could not revive him, Father Okwara reported. Father Judge will be drastically skipped, especially in the Hispanic group, he explained.
“I really don’t know how we can substitute him,” he mentioned.
By early Aug. 9, at the very least 160 individuals had remaining messages, about fifty percent in Spanish, on the parish Fb web page expressing their grief and gratitude for his ministry.
“I loved his loud giggle,” posted Kris Gentilini Edwards. “He was a gentle soul.” In Spanish, Edwin Mendoza mentioned, “Rest in peace … our Latino Community Pastor.”
Redemptorist Brother Laurence Lujan, whom Father Choose experienced mentored in Denver and then ministered with in Liberal, Kansas, said Father Decide was a significant man with a heart as massive as his stature.
“He was like the Gospel in living kind — a brother, a mate and one particular of the kindest persons I have ever known,” stated Brother Lujan, now provincial consultor of the spiritual community’s Denver province.
Father Judge was down to earth, listened without judgment, laughed and advised tales, all to converse what he believed and lived for, the redemptive adore of Jesus Christ, mentioned Brother Lujan, 57, including that Father Judge’s case in point prompted him to opt for the Redemptorist Congregation.
“His loss of life has left a excellent gap in my heart,” Brother Lujan said. “But I know I am a superior Christian now due to the fact of his friendship. I can certainly say Tony was a mate of Jesus.”
Father Judge’s ministry exterior of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis included his many years in Brazil’s Amazon location and 10 decades as a parish priest in Greeley, Colorado, and pastor of a largely Hispanic parish in Denver. He was bilingual coordinator with a Redemptorist Hispanic ministry at a parish in Oakland, California, and the excellent for seven decades with a Hispanic missionary challenge in the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas.
From 2008 right until 2015, when Father Choose began serving at St. Alphonsus, he was a member of the Redemptorist mission team living in Chicago.
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