Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Passing of a Saintly Priest: Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, OP

Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, OP, was the founder of one of the Church's strongest and rapidly growing religious communities: the Community of Saint John.

Yes, was.

He passed from this life yesterday, August 26:

Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, o.p., founder of the Community of Saint John, died peacefully on Saturday morning August 26, 2006, at the priory of Saint Jodard (France). He was being taken care of there since his stroke on July 20. He was going to be 94 years old on September 8.

Until the funeral day, the brothers and sisters keep vigil around him in the brother's chapel in Saint Jodard. The vigil is opened to all who wish to participate.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday September 2 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of Lyons. It will be presided by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyons.

In the afternoon, Father Marie-Dominique will be buried in the cimetery of Rimont, in the intimacy of the Family of Saint John (brothers, sisters and oblates).

In thanksgiving for all they have received through him, the memebrs of the Family of Saint John entrust him to the prayer of all.

As it says, he will be buried at Rimont, which is the mother house, the main house, for the Community. Some years ago, I was blessed to spend some time there and to meet and speak with Fr. Philippe. A very holy and wise man, and with that a great vivacity and jovial dynamic to him. He will be dearly missed ... and not just by those in France. His impact has been felt around the world.

Here is the front gate to the house at Rimont.

The Community of Saint John is known for many things, many apostolates. This postcard captures the many ways they follow the Lamb ... wherever He goes: