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A priest whose light shone in the darkness

by Juliana Valdez

“You are a holy man, and you will be a holy priest, and the world will be a better place because of this day.” These are some of the words spoken to Fr Andrew Apostoli at his ordination to the priesthood by Venerable Cardinal Fulton Sheen.

After 50 years of devoted and committed service, Fr Andrew died on December 13. He was 75. At his funeral Mass, Cardinal Tim Dolan said, “His life was a light, shining through the darkness. Is it not significant then that he died on the feast of St Lucia (Lucy) which means light, and Hanukkah, also meaning light? He was a light shining in the darkness and it will never go out.”

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