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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. 

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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