"It seems strange to say, but what can help modern man find the answers to his own mystery and the mystery of him in whose image he is created, is silence, solitude -- in a word, the desert. Modern man needs these things more than the hermits of old." Catherine Doherty

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Memorial Mass is Monday the 10th of October here at the Mary Theotokos Retreat Center, entered below is a recent obituary for Father Stephen von Fauer

Rev. Stephen C. von Fauer
Sept. 3, 1930 - Sept. 18, 2011

Raised in Argentina of German and Italian descent Fr. von Fauer attended seminary in Spain where he was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on May 13, (Feast of Our Lady of Fatima) in 1953. He returned to Argentina and for nearly a decade devoted his service to the Ukrainian immigrant community there. Fr. von Fauer emigrated to the United States where from 1966 he served the Diocese of Burlington as pastor of several parishes including St. Monica's in Barre, St. Anthony's in Sheldon Springs, and St. Theresa's in Orleans. He was the founder of the Mary Theotokos Monastic Center, a working farm and retreat center in the Byzantine Catholic tradition. After nearly four decades he retired from active parish service to his beloved monastic center where he welcomed many friends and visitors over the years. Fr. von Fauer peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Sept. 18. His funeral liturgy was held at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York City on Sept. 23 with burial at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic cemetery in Goshen NY. A memorial Mass was offered by Bishop Salvatore Matano of the Archdiocese of Burlington in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, on Sept. 27. Bishop Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford CT will serve the Divine Liturgy and memorial service at the Mary Theotokos Monastic Center on Monday, Oct. 10th (Columbus day) at 8 AM followed by refreshments and fellowship. All are welcome. The center is located on Rt. 5A in Newark. For directions or questions call John Walker at (802) 467-3009.