John was marked with the cross, clothed in Christ,
and entrusted with the eternal light, undimmed in sharing.
May that Light guide his way home.
In the Eucharist,
John was nourished by the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood.
May he be welcomed to the eternal feast in the halls of heaven.
In Holy Orders
John was anointed to sanctify God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people, a priest forever.
May he now joyfully celebrate at the heavenly altar.
John tended the earthly gardens God entrusted to him with joy, tenderness, mercy and compassion.
May the communities at Monsignor Bonner, Villanova, Maggie Valley and Our Mother of Good Counsel continue to grow in love and mercy.
May the gardens he planted flourish for years to come.
For all who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith,
who await us in the heavenly kingdom.