The Vigil and Christian Burial of Friar John-Joseph Dolan

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The Vigil and Mass of Christian Burial for Friar John-Joseph Dolan took place at his home Church, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, NY, (USA) on Thursday evening, July 22nd and Friday morning, July 23rd.

The Minister General, the Ministers Provincial of North America, Friar Peter-Damian Massengill, the Guardian of Santi Apostoli, together with 75 Friars from all across North America, Ireland, and Brazil, joined Friar John-Joseph’s mother, sisters, brothers, family and friends for the funeral services. 

Friar Rick Riccioli, John-Joseph’s classmate, presided at the Vigil Service. Friar Justin Biase, Minister Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province preached the homily. At the Mass of Christian Burial, Friar Justin Biase presided, Friar Jude DeAngelo, John-Joseph’s very close friend, gave the homily. The Minister General spoke at the end of Mass and offered the final prayers of commendation. Afterwards, everyone proceeded to St. Stanislaus Cemetery where John-Joseph was interred in the Friars’ Plot near the resting place of Friar Daniel Pietrzak and many of the Ministers Provincial of St. Anthony of Padua Province.

Friars Justin, Jude and Marco, each in his own way, spoke of the deep sadness and loss at the sudden and unexpected death of our brother. At the same time, each expressed gratitude both for the witness of John-Joseph’s life as a Friar as well as the tremendous service he rendered over the years to his family, the Order, the Church and especially the poor in our midst. 

The Friars of the Immaculate Conception Province and St. Anthony of Padua Province, USA, together with all the Ministers Provincial and Friars of the Conference, wish to express our gratitude to the Minister General for being with us at this very difficult time. His presence, affection and moving words reflected his deep love for John-Joseph and was a sign to everyone present of what it means to be true brothers and sisters to one another. We also would like to thank the members of the General Definitory and all those at Santi Apostoli in Rome for the kindness and fraternal living that you shared with John-Joseph over the years. He often spoke of how much he enjoyed being with you and being one with you in serving the Order. Our special thanks to Friar Peter Damian Massengill, Friar Bruno Venturato, Friar Giorgio Silvestri and all those who assisted in the complicated and difficult task of bringing John-Joseph’s body home for burial. 

May the Lord whom Friar John-Joseph served so well in this life, now grant him eternal life in the company of  Our Lady and of his beloved St. Francis and St. Clare.