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Father Wilfredo Comellas, My Good Friend, RIP

Rev. Fr. Wilfredo Comellas

Rev. Fr. Wilfredo Comellas


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Reverend Wilfredo T. Comellas, 49, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital, Raceland, La., after an illness.Father Comellas, son of Wilfredo Tomas and the late Justa A. Comellas, was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 16, 1964. His father, Wilfredo Tomas, a political prisoner of the communist government, was set free in 1971 and brought his family to the United States as part of the Cuban Freedom Flight Program. Father Comellas received his early education at St. Joan of Arc School, Jackson Heights, N.Y., and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, Astoria, N.Y. He then entered a two-year novitiate program with the Legion of Christ in Cheshire, Conn. He completed a degree in philosophy at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Conn. Father graduated from St. John’s University, N.Y., with a B.A. in 1998 and completed his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, Orange, N.J., receiving his Master of Arts degree.He was ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2003, in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton.

Father Comellas was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Ann’s Parish, Tobyhanna, with an additional assignment to the Hispanic Apostolate at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton. Father was then appointed assistant pastor at Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton, where he was later appointed administrator on Dec. 29, 2008. Father served as assistant pastor at St. Aloysius and St. Casimir, Wilkes-Barre, and Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Hanover Twp.

On Jan. 1, 2010, Father requested permission to serve in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La. He served there as chaplain of the Most Blessed Sacrament Faith Community, Gibson, La., and celebrated the traditional Latin Rite Mass for the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of the Heart of Jesus in Lockport, La. In September 2011 he also began teaching theology at Holy Savior School in Lockport.

Father Comellas was instrumental in establishing the Latin Mass congregation on the North Shore at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lacombe, La., in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where Father Comellas also served as the chairman of Mysterium Fidei Mass Society.

He is survived by his father, Wilfredo Tomas Comellas Sr.; a brother, Leo M. Comellas; aunts and many cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his mother, Justa A. Comellas.

The wake will take place at the Chapel of the Dominican Monastery of the Heart of Jesus, Lockport, La., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, beginning at 5 p.m. with Solemn Vespers. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior Church, Lockport, La. Interment will be in Holy Savior Parish Cemetery.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, at St. Ann’s Church, Tobyhanna.

Decision 2012, a Sonnet

The American people have a choice
In this our solemn quadrennial mess:
Socialist one, pro-abortion, smooth voice
Or number two, pro-abort, L-D-S.
The Evil Party loves contraception,
Makes it the role of employer to pay.
The Stupid Party has this conception:
Onanism’s great the free market way.
Each ticket boasts a Roman Catholic veep.
(Papistical votes ought not to be missed.)
One’s crude, gaffe-prone, a shadow from the deep.
Veep two is Randian, Objectivist.
     With blessings like these in democracy,
     I’ll take a good old Catholic Monarchy.

Till Death Do Us Part

(This was written in preparation for a series of conferences on vocations and states in life that I gave at Saint Benedict Center in the Spring of 2005. Please see the end of this piece for a small table of contents with links to the other conferences.)

We have spoken of choosing a partner and of the preparation for matrimony that we call courtship. Now I would like to speak of married life itself. Continue reading

A Great Man Has Died: Brother Francis, M.I.C.M. (Fakhri B. Maluf, Ph.D.)

This is a small tribute to my recently-deceased superior, mentor, father, and friend, Brother Francis. As our Byzantine brethren say, “May his memory live in eternity!

Brother Francis was born, in the town of Mashrah, Lebanon, about thirty miles from Beirut, in 1913. His given name was Fakhri Boutros Maluf. The Maluf family is descended from the ancient Ghassanids, Christian and Catholic Arabs who courageously kept the Faith in the face of Moslem aggression.

Though poor, Fakhri’s family saw to his education, which was provided at home, in a small school that his father operated. In 1934, Fakhri graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics. From 1934 to 1939, he taught physics at that same University.

In 1939, he moved to the United States to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received first an M.A. and, in 1942, a Ph.D. in philosophy. After receiving his Ph.D., he continued post-graduate studies at Harvard University and Saint Bonaventure University. Continue reading

My Brother the Tuba Player

I rarely get very personal here or in anything I write. A small digression into the personal is, I believe, allowed from time to very long time.

As a little brother all my life, I’ve looked up (quite literally) to my older brother, Charlie. He’s a tuba player. As a child, I thought that was the neatest thing. In a way, I still do. Charlie’s tuba still haunts me, even though it’s been a while since I’ve heard him play. I can’t hear certain pieces of the orchestral repertoire without humming the tuba part, since I heard Charlie practice it for hours on end. It’s not uncommon that I catch myself humming the tuba parts to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Planets, or other fun ditties. Continue reading