A religious leader of a Hauppauge church passed away suddenly Monday night and his absence is already sending ripples through the local community.
Rev. Monsignor Francis Midura died suddenly on Monday night. He has been leading St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church for more than nine years.
Midura dedicated his life to serving the local community, as leader of St. Thomas More and fire chaplain with the Hauppauge Fire Department.
In , Midura said he received his calling to enter the priesthood at age 13 or 14 while he was attending Catholic school. He entered the seminary high school in 1958 and was ordained in 1970.
"Seeing people find meaning in being part of the parish keeps me going. I have the satisfaction to witness people’s spiritual growth," Midura said. "It’s not always successful, but the satisfying part is getting people to feel that the parish is their home."
No information on arrangements for Midura has been released yet by St. Thomas More. Patch will provide update with this information as it becomes available.
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