October 22, 2022
At Home With the Lord
October 10, our dear friend and Benedictine oblate,
Richard (“Dick”) Jositas, passed from this world and
into eternal life. Richard and his wife Helen
have been oblates of St Benedict Monastery since
January, 2008; they were in the very first
“class”. But years before that they were
already regularly attending our community’s Sunday
Mass and benefiting from their own study of the Holy
Rule of St Benedict.
As leader of the St Vincent
DePaul Society at St Andrews Parish in Rochester
Michigan, Richard was a caring presence toward
others in need. He extended this concern
through our annual Easter Food drive and by
assisting in the preparation of meals at our Subiaco
Youth Retreat House. We also have many fond
memories of Richard from the Oblate Pilgrimage to
Italy in 2014, which included Helen, Lena his
granddaughter and about 20 other travelers.
Our final farewell to
Richard took place on Saturday, October 15, at St
Andrew’s Church where he was a parishioner.
The funeral Mass was presided over by Fr John Martin
Shimkus, our associate oblate director. Oblate
director Br Mark Orcutt and a good many oblates
joined dozens of family members and friends in
praying for Richard and his family and gratefully
celebrating his life.
In his homily, Fr John
noted in particular Richard’s passion for giving
others a sense of “belonging” and assurance they are
valued and cared for. As Richard “prepared a
place” for so many of God’s children, we trust that
the Lord has now prepared an eternal dwelling for
him at His side!
Protection of the Unborn
Wednesday night September
5, 2022 Fr. John Martin Shimkus and Br. Mark Orcutt
ventured down the road from the monastery to St.
Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion, MI where they
were holding one of five Information Nights
throughout the Detroit area. Over 250 people
filled the church to listen to a panel discussion
and ask questions concerning the ramifications of
Proposal 3 which appears on November's Ballot.
Among the speakers was a retired medical doctor
(OBGYN) and a practicing attorney specializing in
Fr. John and Br. Mark left
the information night amazed at the ramifications of
this Proposal and the number of Michigan
Constitutional Laws it would repeal and were
grateful to St. Joseph for holding this night of
enlightenment. When voting on November 8th be
sure you are fully informed on Proposal 3 for it is
a change in our Constitution and is almost
impossible to change if it is enacted.
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