This evening, I received the sad news that Fr. Joseph De Luca passed on to eternal life. On preached at all of our weekend Masses and conducted a parish mission March 21 thru 23, 2011 “Come and See the Healing Power of the Eucharist Through Faith, Hope and Love.” With Father De Luca’s homily on March 19 & 20, we signed up 110 people for our new Adoration Chapel.
Fr. Joseph De Luca was a great apostle of Perpetual Adoration & Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Through his many years of preaching, he is responsible for opening and building up 100’s of chapels through the United States. His work was not easy. Father lived out of his suitcase, traveling the country on Amtrak. Fr. De Luca and I first met in our seminary days and reconnected when he came for our parish mission. From that time, he came to visit every six months of so. He would tell me: “You are sharing in the graces of my ministry. Jesus is blessing you for giving me time to rest.” You could tell that he wasn’t in good health, and his work was a great sacrifice on his behalf.
In your charity, please remember Fr. Joseph De Luca in your prayers, that Jesus in His mercy will welcome His faithful servant into His Kingdom.
Sadly, I have no good picture of Father De Luca. I found the following on the internet. If you happen to have a high quality picture, please let me know.