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Monday, September 6, 2021

Friend of The Remnant, Alex Šepkus, RIP

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Friend of The Remnant, Alex Šepkus, RIP

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of my good friend (and friend of The Remnant), Alex Šepkus, who passed away suddenly last night, after having been anointed by his priest yesterday after Mass. He was only 67 years old, and I think Alex would want all to know that the cause of his death was not COVID-related.

 

The news of Alex’s passing comes as a punch to the chest to those of us who knew and loved this wonderful brother and friend.  Alex was one of those gentlemen whose opinion mattered because of the great respect in which we all held him -- a respect he had certainly earned over the course of his storied life as an immigrant from Lithuania who became a world-class artisan in New York City. If Alex disagreed with something you were doing, you’d do well to reevaluate what you were doing. This is the kind of man he was. He spoke his mind in charity and in truth, which made him the very best of friends. 

As dear friend and important advisor, I will miss him more than I can say, and I beg Remnant followers to remember the repose of Alex’s soul in your prayers. Please keep his beloved wife, Dange, in your prayers, as well.

Alex supported many of us from behind the scenes and in so many different ways, but one personal connection many Remnant followers have to Alex Šepkus is that he, as a renowned jeweler by trade, is the man who designed our Sacred Heart lapel pin worn by tens of thousands all around the world. He did this as a labor of love, at no charge to us, of course.  

Alex had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart, and I’m sure many will miss seeing the little Sacred Heart (Vendee) profile picture of Alex Šepkus that always headed up some of the most prescient, humorous, inciteful Catholic commentary on social media.

God bless you, brother.  You inspired your friends to try to be better men, and we’ll never forget you for that.  And now that you know what all of this is really all about, pray for us so that we might hang on and so that we might all meet again happily in heaven one day soon.

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

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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.