Wednesday, September 29, 2010

AMERICA: USA: DEATH OF FR. DUBAY


Catholic Online REPORT-On Sunday, September 26, one of God's great servants was welcomed home.
Fr. Dubay was hospitalized about a month ago and then transferred to a rehabilitation facility for specialized treatments but his health was steadily declining. Saturday he was re-admitted to the hospital with bleeding in the brain, and he was put in coronary intensive care. He passed away at 4:45am on Sunday morning.
News is just now getting around that Reverend Thomas Dubay, 89,one of the most popular authors, spiritual directors and retreat masters passed away on Sunday morning. A Marist father and the author of more than 20 books, he spent the past 35 years traveling the world and preaching the Gospel.The Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C., cared for Father Dubay during his final days and issued this statement:This morning at 4:45, the Lord welcomed into His Kingdom Rev Thomas Dubay, SM, after suffering kidney failure and massive bleeding in the brain. Father's frail health had been declining ever since his admission to the Little Sisters of the Poor home in Washington more than a year ago, but his suffering was even more noticeable in recent months. Despite this fact, Fr Dubay was just as witty as ever.When Father's superior, Fr. Bruce Lery, SM, called the Little Sisters on Sunday morning to tell them, he said, "We have a saint in heaven" -how true! Fr. Dubay was hospitalized about a month ago and then transferred to a rehabilitation facility for specialized treatments but his health was steadily declining. Yesterday he was re-admitted to the hospital with bleeding in the brain, and he was put in coronary intensive care. Although the ventilator was removed, he continued to breathe on his own. Although he suffered from his loss of independence, he was happy to concelebrate Mass almost every day in the chapel of the Little Sisters Home in the shadow of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in our nation's capital. The Marist priests and brothers visited him almost daily, and Father depended very much on his superior, Fr. Bruce, who was always there for him. In a few words, Fr. Dubay literally practiced what he preached! Father was happy to give weekly classes to the Little Sister postulants -classes which he enjoyed as much as they! From his room, Father continued his spiritual direction with many persons who called on him and this also was extended to letter writing.We can render prayers of thanksgiving for the wonderful support Father gave to religious communities spending a good part of his life giving conferences and retreats. Although his preaching and spiritual direction was delivered to contemplative communities, his teaching was not for them alone. Religious the world over benefitted of his spiritual wisdom and guidance for years. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace after leading so many souls to true spiritual peace during his lifetime! The opening prayer of today's liturgy says it all: "Help us hurry toward the Eternal Life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom."

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