Over the years, Bishop Morlino confirmed several of my children according to the traditional Rite of Confirmation, as his diocese had become something of a port in the storm for many displaced and disillusioned Catholic families. His kindness and pastoral solicitude for us--strangers in his diocese--was a great consolation and proof that God had not left our children spiritual orphans.
He was surely one of the most charitable and pastoral bishops my children had ever been graced to know in person. And for that fine priestly example I'll be forever grateful to him and to God.
Below are just a few examples of why we have supported Bishop Morlino over the years and why he will be so greatly missed:
Bishop Morlino fought the good fight and, for him, the race is now over. But Christ's poor Church, which the good Bishop served so well and for so many years, will surely mourn his passing for a long time to come. May he now intercede on behalf of us all--the flock with whom he stayed and kept careful watch--even when so many other shepherds had abandoned the flock either for fear of the wolves or because they'd decided to join them.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Requiescat in pacem.