Rev. Monsignor Francis Midura, Father of St. Thomas More, Dies

Midura has been the religious leaders of St. Thomas More Parish in Hauppauge for more than nine years.


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. 

How will you remember Rev. Monsignor Francis Midura? Share your memories in the comments below. 

Richard and Jeffrey Kramer July 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Father Midaura was my favorite Priest; He had a great sense of humor.
Sharon Schmidt July 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I was deeply saddened by the news of Father Midura's passing. He was such an effective leader and lead with his heart and wit. My boys looked forward to the fist pumps after mass. Our community has suffered a great loss. My prayers are with him, his family and his extended family at St. Thomas More.
Bill C. July 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Fr. Midura will be truly missed by all who knew him. I always knew him to be a very active and energetic man who did a terrific job in running his parish but also in knowing his parishioners. I got to know Fr. Midua at Our Lady of Hope and as a new Parishioner he encouraged me and others to get involved and participate in Parish life. He was an example of commitment and dedication to his Parish and Community. He was always involved in all aspects of Parish life and he did even more by making sure he was involved in the wider community as well; through his work with Volunteer Fire Departments, schools and as an Army Chaplain. Thank God for Fr. Midura and his years of Service to us all.
Joanne Kropp July 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I knew him in grammar school at St.Patrick's in Glen Cove. He was the 411th Engineer Chaplain at Floyd Bennett Field,Bklyn. with my husband and he watched over our soldiers during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He baptized our twin granddaughters last October at his beautiful parish church. He was a beloved pastor, chaplain, and special friend to so many......our Hearts are broken to hear the sad news of his passing....but Heaven will enjoy his presence & witty sense of humor....and he will be forever at peace. God Bless, Rev.Msgr. Francis Midura! With Hugs from Joanne Krumenacker Kropp & Family
Cathy Cable July 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Fr. Midura was a wonderful person. He was a tremendous anchor to me during my parents sickness and death. He was my strength and inspiration.I will remember his hugs and arm around me as Angels wings. I know that Mom and Dad are so happy to see you in heaven even though I am sad to have lost such loves of my life. Until we meet again......God Bless you Monsignor. I will hang my flag high in your honor.
Susan Morrissey July 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Saddened by the loss of Fr. Midura..I remember I was curious to find out who our "new" Pastor would be when Fr. Walden left St. Thomas...but realize now that it was meant to be for Fr. Midura to be part of our St. Thomas More family...he married my husband and I over 30 years ago at St. Christopher's in Baldwin..such a small world! He will be missed but I find comfort that he is now with my loved ones that have passed...
D Castaldo August 01, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I am so saddened by the loss of Fr Midura. He shared so much of himself with so many people in so many ways. He has helped me grow in my faith over these last ten years. I will miss him terribly.
salvatore j maraviglia August 01, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Serafina Maraviglia, As a parishioner of Saint Joseph for 42 years, we are also deeply saddened. Monsignor Midura was one of the most outstanding pastors of Saint Joseph before leaving for Saint Thomas More parish. My husband and I remember his kind words and his many involvements in church ministry. At Family Festivals each year he would actually participate in scaling the wall gym,work the poker table, and you would see him tending the flower beds around church grounds. A few months earlier, I was going to hospital for a precedure, he told me to come down to Saint Thomas More for a blessing, and he spent over an hour with us, and told me to call him when I got back from the hospital. We will never forget this kind and humble servant of God.
The Campi Family August 01, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The Campi family is heartbroken that Father Midura will no longer physically be with us at St.Thomas More but we know he will always be watching over us from heaven. We love you, we'll miss you... until we meet again...
Patricia Cable-Gleason August 01, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Monsignor Midura no words can express my sadness at this moment. I am truly heart broken, but know that you are now with my mom and dad who adored you more than you will ever know. You have truly touched and embraced the Cable Family during the passing of mom and dad. You were with all of us until the end and beyond. You ALWAYS had kind and inspiring words for all of us. I will always hold on to the bear hugs after each and every mass. I have been truly blessed to have had you in my life. I will never forget you. Rest in peace. I am sure God has welcomed you with open arms. Until we meet again.........
jenn welz August 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I am so sad to hear of the passing of the best father St. Thomas More has ever seen. As a long time parisioner… I have never seen another father get the young children so excited to go to church. My 8 yr old loved going to mass with him. A far cry from what I remember with father Donovan. Thank you father Midura for making it "cool" to go to mass again. Heaven you are getting one of the best.
Katherine Fischetti August 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Father Midura was our pastor at Our Lady of Hope in Carle Place before he went to St Thomas More, he was great at getting everyone in the community involved in whatever was going on. It was a sad day in 1999 when he told us he was assigned to another Parish. Every once in awhile he would come back and perform a wedding or funeral and it was always a nice home coming. He was a source of great comfort to my family when my brother passed away at a very young age, and a few years ago he came to see us when my mom passed away. That's the kind of man he was, family and spirituality were at the fore front. Father Midura, our loss is heavens gain, may you rest in Peace and until we see you again God Bless you always. The Fischetti Family
Tamara Imperiale August 01, 2012 at 03:38 AM
I first met Msgr Midura when he came to St. Joseph's, and from than on I knew what a special person he was....When he officated over my daughter's communion he made a lasting impression on myself and my family, he will be dearly missed, though he went over to St. Thomas we always manged to keep in touch....Heaven is welcoming home a special man who again will be deeply missed.......Love to you always.....Tamara Imperiale and family God Bless you always....
Sun Kropp August 01, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Mom,, I still cannot believe it... what a sad news from Tim's phone call this afternoon... I'm so honored that i have got to meet him and most of all, he did us a huge favor baptizing Jasmin & Shaila......he beautifully touched our lives.....
Giana Imperiale August 01, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Fr. Midura always knew how to put a smile on everyone's face. I remember at my Communion he pulled out a baseball bat and a glove and somehow made them relate to religion. His letter and card at Christmas was always the highlight of the holiday season. I can honestly say he will truly be missed and never forgotten. Monsignor you were truly Heaven sent and I hope you continue to put smiles on the faces of anyone who has ever had the pleasure to meet you. Giana Imperiale
carl esposito August 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Father Midura was a lifetime mentor, spiritual leader and friend. I have known him since the 1980s and his stewardship at Our Lady of Hope parish in Carle Place. He married my wife and I and presided over the funeral mass of several dear relatives. He made people at ease with the Church and religion in general. I can only think that God needs him more than we do on earth, but that is a mighty big assumption since the world could have benefited from his presence for many more years.
Timothy Hart August 01, 2012 at 04:42 PM
St Thomas More has suffered a great loss with the passing of Father Midura, he was such a kind and considerate man.Growing up in the 1960's going to church was much different, it was almost a scary experience , Father Midura never made you feel that way ,he had a great sense of humor and always welcomed you .He was so good to my children and my family and always took the time to smile and say hello,I truly feel lucky to have known him.Heaven will be receiving a great leader
Michele McCann August 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I am so sad to hear of Msgr. Midura's passing. He was a childhood friend of my Father in Law and actually married my Husband and I at our wedding in 2009. He was a very kind person with a fantastic sense of humor. Hubby and I looked forward to our meetings with him when planning our ceremony. He will be missed for sure as he touched our lives and everyone elses.
Diane Harsch August 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I will always remember Father Midura for many thing , but two things will always bring a smile to my face 1 was if a cell phone went off in mass, he would stop the mass and say....someone forgot to shut ther cell phone off....we will wait. And the other....if you tried to leave Mass after commounion and he caught you he would say.....wher do you htink your going??? Mass is not over!!!! My Aunt would look through the door and see him in the lobby and say......am not leaving he's gonna yell at me...LOL God bless you Fr Midura....I know the lord is with you! Diane Harsch
Charlotte 2 August 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Marie Salvietti As former Principal of St. Joseph School,I had the pleasure of working with Msgr. Midura. St. Joseph School was indeed fortunate to have such a supportive and caring Pastor. His time, energy and talents at the school have been greatly valued and appreciated.
anita combs August 02, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Heart broken, heavy heart, sad, and shocking for a too young of an easy going pastor to die. We will all miss his great sense of humor, quirks, warm smiles, hand bumps, and handshakes. We know you will be watching down on us from heaven.
ROBERT G August 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Pam Tarry August 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Pam Tarry Fr Madura I will miss the support and help you always gave me in my ministries at st Thomas More. You always shared your spirit. May you rest iin peace and joy.
Paul Borowski August 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Rev. Msgr Francis Midura will be deeply missed by many: as Pastor of St. Thomas More Church of Hauppauge, as former Pastor of St Joseph's Church of Ronkonkoma and Our Lady of Hope Church of Westbury, to name a few churches he has been part of; as Chaplain of Hauppauge Fire Department; as Desert Storm Veteran and Reservist; and the many people he came in contact with at all levels of the Diocese, government, school, and the community. Father Midura made a difference to all that he met. Here are some words that came to mind to describe him: dedicated, funny, approachable, good listener, proud, patriotic, involved and engaging. He was always there when you needed him, he loved his brimmed hat, he gave high fives and fists to children and many adults, and kept to traditions and his ethnic background of being Polish. The Borowski Family connected to him as a pastor and friend. My father and him enjoyed speaking Polish to each other and he had a unique way to bring spirit and humor to everything he did. Father Midura will be deeply missed. Rest in peace and thank you for making a difference in many lives, including mine. "Do Widenia" Father Midura. Paul Borowski
Elaina Hufnagel August 03, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Our community has been truly blessed to have had this incredibly generous, kind and down to earth spiritual leader. Father Midura, we love you and will miss you! THe Hufnagels
wanda wolanska trzepizur August 03, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Wanda Wolanska Trzepizur I have known the Msgr.Francis Midura when he was a Pastor at St. Joseph Church. A truly unforgetable person and a very passinate ,dedicated PRIEST . Rest in Peace. Do Widzenia Wanda Wolanska Trzepizue
MN August 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Words cannot express the sadness that is in our hearts with the sudden passing of Msgr. Midura. May he rest in peace. The boys are sending 3 fist bumps to heaven. The Napolitano Family
Joan Federico August 04, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Joan. What a special person, who always made you feel wanted in the church. He had so many different jobs. No matter where you would find him he was alwalys happy to help. I would always meet him in Waldbaums buying food for the food pantry. He would tell me the good sales. He will be missed. My prayers to all of his family and friends.
Barbara Hoos August 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
My first encounter with Fr. Midura was when he first came to St. Joseph as our pastor. I came to church that first Sunday hoping to get a glimpse of our new pastor. When I entered the vestibule, standing off to the side with his arms folded and in his army fatigues was Fr. Midura, but I didn't know it at the time. I thought there must be something special going on for us to have a soldier standing there. Lo and behold it turned out to be Fr. Midura! Probably assessing his new parishoners incognito as we arrived! Or, he could just have gotten back from duty. I prefer to think he was trying to pull a fast one on us. He will always be remembered by me as the kind and gentle soul that he truly was, and had a wonderful way about him. Be at peace, Father, and keep watch over us all.
Chris Thomas September 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Father Midura you will be greatly missed. Aiden and I listened to your homily daily, you helped us endure with your amazing spirit, compassion and wonderful sense of humor. I still remember holding Aiden tight, crying listening to you and praying to God with you and my family. It was an honor to have sat next to you at my Grandparents anniversary party.


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