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young OliverioI am saddened at the recent passing of a wonderful man and great priest, Monsignor Francis Oliverio. Here is a photo of him as a young man assigned to St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in the Bronx, New York.

I remember as an altar boy serving at his Mass, his involvement with young people in CYO and summer camps, his chaperoning of Friday night dances (make room for the Holy Ghost ), his searching out lost youngsters in the neighborhood housing project playgrounds (and taking a few swings at softball). But most of all I remember him for this: one November night 45 years ago, after five or so years of my living in darkness, after a night of alcohol and drug abuse, he opened the rectory doors to me at 3 a.m. He invited me in and heard my confessionfather o – the sacrament that forever changed the direction of my life. He was the single most influential person in my conversion and healing. And I know that I am not the only one he helped. Dear Father, you were authentically a good and wholesome human being. You are true priest with the heart of the Good Shepherd!

May you spend eternity praying for those you helped and for their families and loved ones. I am eternally grateful for you. You will be missed by many!

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