Rev. Monsignor Francis Midura, who dedicated his life to serving the local community, as leader of St. Thomas More and fire chaplain with the Hauppauge Fire Department, passed away suddenly in July of this year, leaving many community members shocked and saddened.
In an interview with Patch in May 2011, 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."
Readers expressed their sorrow at losing Midura, who was 67, and remembered him as a caring and kind person with a great sense of humor.
"What a special person, who always made you feel wanted in the church. He had so many different jobs," said Joan Federico in our comment section. "No matter where you would find him he was always 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."