Andy Domagola: "Ad Multos Annos!"



In the early watches of the night, our college community mourns the loss of one of our finest, Andy Domagola. Andy took the community by storm a year and a half ago when he departed from his beloved Benet Academy of Naperville to his new home away from home, SNC. Andy was so involved in so many activities, I found it quite difficult to keep up with him. Among the things I'll miss most about Andy was his love and concern for his parents and sisters, his passion for swimming, his countless comparisons between the Benedictines and the Norbertines, and his weekly presence at the Burke Hall Mass freshman year -- propping himself up with his back resting at the foot of the altar!
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Ironically, perhaps the last words Andy heard in this life included, "Remember, Andy, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return," as he celebrated the 9:00 PM Mass at Old Saint Joe's on Ash Wednesday night. We pray that our loss will be heaven's gain. As our college community continues to keep vigil these days, let us remember to care for, comfort, love and support one another as we also pray for the Domagola family as well as the Benet Academy community.

Loving and merciful God,

we entrust our brother, Andy, to your mercy.

You loved him greatly in this life:

now that he is freed from all its cares,

give him happiness and peace forever.

The old order has passed away:

welcome him now into paradise

where there will be no more sorrow,

no more weeping or pain,

but only peace and joy with Jesus, your Son,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

+ Commendation of the Dying

Prayer After Death

Roma Ritual


My office is open to anyone who needs to stop by later today. Until we meet again, let's remember in word and action, "God's flock is in your midst, give it a shepherd's care!"

Father James Baraniak, O. Praem.

Pastor of Saint Norbert College


12 comments:

Sean McG said...

Fr. Jim, Thank you for your comforting words at the prayer service last night. "We pray that our loss will be heaven's gain." Amen. What a blessing it is to have known Andy.

tommy said...

We here at Benet Academy and at the monastic community of St. Procopius Abbey are in shock at the death of one of our own. Andy was involved in everything "ministry," and we are at a loss at why-why-why.

My condolences to the Norbertine college community. It would be Andy to go back and forth between the canons and the monks.

May God receive this kind, busy, involved and concerned soul into the loving arms of heaven!

Fr. T. Becket A. Franks, O.S.B.

Anonymous said...

Jim - a caring and pastoral remembrance of of Andy. May his memory be eternal in the heart and mind of God.
John

Jackie said...

Fr. Jim,

What a beautiful tribute to Andy!

We are so proud of you. Thank you
for coming into our lives!

Tom Donnelly (a Notre Dame roommate of Mike Domagola's) said...

Father Jim, what a first class tribute you wrote. I just received word of Andy's tragic death. I'm sure the Domagola family will always remember your community's caring.

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