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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

John Vennari, RIP

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John Vennari, Defender of the Old Faith John Vennari, Defender of the Old Faith

Funeral and WakeThe family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 3-9 PM at the (Tonawanda Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 2600 Sheridan Drive (at Parker Blvd) where the Rosary will be said at 7:00 PM. A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark Street, Buffalo, at 9:30 AM. 

Dear Friends:

In your charity, please remember the repose of the soul of our brother and champion defender of Christ’s Church, John Vennari, who passed away earlier today.

Quite frankly, I have no words to adequately express the magnitude of this loss, both for the traditional Catholic movement and for us personally here at The Remnant.  John was our ally, our friend and our brother in arms. The thought of fighting in these trenches without him at our side is still just too unthinkable. And the Church has lost a most faithful watchman with this passing of the editor of the incomparable Catholic Family News.

Please pray for John, now and throughout the rest of Passiontide. I don’t believe it to be a mere coincidence that this loyal soldier of Christ underwent his passion during the very days when the Church remembers the passion of the One John served so faithfully.


I so want to assure myself and my readers that John is with Christ our King right now, but I dare not because I do not know that and I will not insult his memory by suggesting anything of the kind.
I therefore beg Remnant readers all around the world today to pray for the repose of the soul of John Vennari, that he will be soon delivered from Purgatory and into the arms of Our Lady of Fatima—the great Queen of Heaven to whom he devoted his life’s work.

We will, of course, have much more to say about the life and service of John Vennari. But now we mourn him along with his many, many friends all over the world. John's funeral will be in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, April 8

All of our love, support and prayers to John’s faithful wife Susan, and his beautiful children—Elizabeth, Philomena, and Benedict. John’s suffering is over now, and he is in God’s hands. He has fought the good fight,  finished the course, and kept the faith.  Blessed be the name of the Lord. 

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.  

(I love you, John, and I promise I will never forget...)

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. [8] As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.