Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The empty seat in the Choir Stall

It is with inexpressible sadness that I write about the death of a dear friend from the seminary. The Reverend Mr. Adam Crowe, a transitional deacon from the Diocese of Ogdensburg, NY slipped from this world today. I can imagine the emptiness that will be felt by all as they look at his empty seat in the choir stalls of the chapel at Saint Charles Seminary. Every day, at least twice a day, they'll all be reminded of his absence.
We truly do not know the day or the hour when the Son of Man will come for us. No one could have ever expected that he would never see Adam alive again. If we did, we would have gone to see him one last time -- or called at least. It would have put a whole new priority on attending his ordination to the Diaconate last June. I would have flown to Washington to attend the March for Life with him last week. But, we didn't know.
No one can know the anguish that must be felt at Saint Charles tonight. How could we? Please keep the men at Saint Charles Seminary in your prayers, for the next several weeks will be bleak for them all. With God's grace, they will survive, forever changed by this day.
All of us who knew Adam are also forever changed by our brief time together. He was always one to brighten our day with his radiant joy.
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.

1 comment:

John said...

I am increasingly impressed with the comments I see regarding Adam. Thank you for your short tribute. His funeral is Monday. I was merely acquainted with him and I can only imagine the loss felt by family and friends of his, such as yourself. As I'm sure you know, our loss of him is a kick in the gut for our diocese. Please pray for us as well as for Adam. My biggest consolation is that we hopefully have a fine intercessor (please God) in the Church Triumphant now.