Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fr. Tim Vakoc, rest in peace

Early this morning in our parish Eucharistic adoration chapel, I was praying for Father Tim Vakoc, not realizing he had passed away on Saturday, June 20th. He has been on the prayer list in our chapel for several years, including pictures of him and information about his rehabilitation progress gleaned from his Caring Bridge.org website. Fr. Vakoc was the first military chaplain seriously injured in the Iraq war. He has been an inspiration to many who knew him personally and many who didn't. I hope I can always remember his words that have touched my heart since I first read them, "The safest place for me to be is in the center of God's will, and if that is in the line of fire, that is where I will be."

Archbishop John Nienstedt has asked for everyone to remember Father Tim in prayer. http://thecatholicspirit.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2045&pop

Eternal Father, I offer You the Most Precious Blood
of Thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the Masses said throughout the world today
for Fr. Tim Vakoc, for all faithful departed priests,
and all the holy souls in purgatory.
May his soul
and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us to respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen

1 comment:

plc said...

Thank you for letting us know about Fr. Tim's passing. How providential that he died the day after the Year for Priests began!

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon him.