Msgr. Alfred E. Smith; Funeral Mass, Closing Comments

• Gratitude to the family for sharing Msgr. Smith with us for so many years – …Al’s brother, John, nieces and nephews
• Gratitude to the homilist and to brother priests for their presence
• Gratitude to Stella Maris, Fr. Foley, & all who took care of Msgr. Smith in his illness
• Brief reflection on Msgr. Smith’s life and legacy:
…he was a man of many gifts
…he studied for the priesthood in France, pursued post-ordination studies
…he was an excellent homilist with a ‘radio voice’
… a great storyteller
…served effectively in a variety of parishes, most especially St. Augustine in Williamsport
…enjoyed many warm priestly friendships and many friends among the laity
• But his most endearing quality was his unassuming humility.
…by all accounts he was astonished to be appointed a monsignor
…his great joy was not in honors or in the recognition of his gifts but rather the joy of serving God’s people
…and this he did with love of the Good Shepherd
• It must be a beautiful thing when a faithful pastor of souls meets the Good Shepherd face to face and the Shepherd recognizes him as one of his own.
…we can be confident that such a meeting has taken place as we commend this good priest and pastor to the Lord of life and love.
• Just as Al was our friend, companion, and good pastor on earth, so let us accompany him to the gates of eternity with our prayers and continue to pray for him in the years ahead
• Let us also ask Fr. Al to intercede for us with the Good Shepherd, he will pour out the same spirit of generosity we saw in Al on many young men so that they will answer their call to the priesthood
• Through the intercession of Mary, Star of the Sea, Mary our Queen, may his priestly soul rest in peace, Amen.

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Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori

Archbishop William E. Lori was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore May 16, 2012.

Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Archbishop Lori served as Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., from 2001 to 2012 and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington from 1995 to 2001.

A native of Louisville, Ky., Archbishop Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Ky., a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg and a doctorate in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Lori serves as Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and is the former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.