An early morning phone call from one of my deacon classmates brought some sad news. The third one of my classmates had died. Deacon Al was one of the kindest and most gentle souls I have ever met. I learned a lot from him in regard to enduring hardship and remaining positive. He was a blessing to everyone around him.
Deacon Dan and Deacon Steve are my other two classmates that have died in recent years. The rest of us are still active and plugging along. The three bishops are all still living as well. Bishop Sheridan is bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bishop Braxton recently retired from the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. Cardinal Rigali is spending his retirement in Knoxville, Tennessee.
"Eternal rest grant unto Deacon Al, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen."