Death of Mons. William B. Smith in New York (24 January 2009)

January 24, 2009

1:25 PM

Dear Father….,

May the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit be with us forever!

I think your prayers were answered, but in a different way.  Msgr. Smith died very peacefully this morning.  Fr. Haggerty was with him and gave him the apostolic blessing.  He and two of the Friars were praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and he drew his last breath just as they were concluding.  May he rest in peace!

I have sent word to Father…. , who evidently has been in touch with the members of the Fellowship.  We will have to wait to find out about arrangements for his funeral.  This has been terribly sudden for us, but no doubt a blessing for him.  I saw him yesterday and he said he was ready for whatever the Lord had in store.

With my sympathy,



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