Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Monsignor Albacete and Grief

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete died a little over a week ago on Friday, October 24th.  His funeral Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Sean O'Malley last Tuesday at Saint Mary's on Grand Street, where some of Our Lady of Vilnius' chalices reside.  I like to think that one of them was raised at that Mass.

I wondered throughout the week why a figure of Msgr. Albacete's merit did not rate a N.Y. Times obit.  Today the suspense ended with the publication of Paul Vitello's fine slice of Albacete's life: "Lorenzo Albacete, Theologian and Confidante of Popes, Dies at 73."

This past Sunday the Archdiocese of New York announced that many parishes, too, would die.  Monsignor Albacete leaves us this piece on grief, which appeared in The New York Times Magazine on August 27, 2000: Good Grief and Bad.

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