Father Brian Nolan, director of campus ministry at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg and a former associate pastor under Monsignor Valenzano at St. John, knelt beside his friend as he paid his respects, gently resting a hand near the priest’s body.
Father Brian Nolan pays his respects to Monsignor Arthur F. Valentano Sept. 10 at the Baltimore Basilica. (Christopher Gunty/CR Staff)
Monsignor Tewes said his friend showed great generosity from his earliest years. He recalled that when Monsignor Valenzano was a teen at St. Charles Minor Seminary in Catonsville, some of his classmates who worked with him for the Little Sisters of the Poor had saved up money for a trip to Florida. When they invited him to go with them, he couldn’t.
The basilica rector had a great sense of humor, Monsignor Tewes remembered, and enjoyed calling his friend “the old grouch.” Monsignor Tewes recalled that after cancer treatments caused his friend’s hair to start falling out, Monsignor Valenzano asked Monsignor Tewes to shave his head. Monsignor Tewes, a former barber in the seminary, accommodated the request. The next time he shaved the priest’s head, Monsignor Valenzano ribbed him with: “This time, part it on the right side.”
Monsignor Tewes said his beloved friend died as the archbishop and several others stood at his bedside praying the eighth Hail Mary of the Mystery of the Resurrection in the rosary.
Monsignor Thomas Tewes delivers the homily at Monsignor Arthur F. Valenzano’s Sept. 10 funeral Mass. (Christopher Gunty/CR Staff)
Archbishop Lori exchanges the sign of peace Sept. 10 with Kathy Wandishin, who helped care for Monsignor Valenzano during his illness. ( Christopher Gunty/CR Staff)