Faith in Action Blog
Director of Alumni Mark Kretschmer (’99) passes along the following prayer requests:
- Please pray for Hui Liu (’03), who last year became deathly ill while working with the Missionaries of Charity in Mexico, and has since returned to his home in China. Sarah Kaiser (’02) reports that he is getting weaker and apparently does not have long to live.
- Please pray for Phillip Chavez (’86), who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. While his doctor tells him it is slow-growing and treatable, there is a high ranking on the Gleason index, indicating a grave concern. He is at peace and is doing his research on treatments and lifestyle changes. Soon he will have another test to see if the cancer has spread.
- Finally, please pray for Andy Shapiro, husband of Mary Ann (Halpin ’79) and father of Caecilia (’16). He is facing a major health issue with complications
Please continue to pray for the repose of David Halpin (’79), husband of Natalie (St. Arnault ’80) and father of Rose (’06) and Margaret Tannoury (’08), who died on March 6. Below is the text of his obituary, penned by the Halpins’ daughter Elizabeth:
... for God is greater than our hearts
and all is known to Him.
— 1 John 3:20
David B. Halpin, attorney at law, of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015, in South Bend, Indiana. He was 63 years old. A true renaissance man, Dave lived and worked wholeheartedly for the Catholic faith and his family. He is most lovingly remembered by all who knew him. David is survived by his wife, M. Natalie Halpin (St. Arnault) and their children — David, Eugene, Rose, Margaret (Tannoury), Elizabeth, Gertrude, Thomas, James and Seth Halpin — along with their grandson, Alexander Tannoury, and son-in-law, Chadi Tannoury. Also surviving are his mother, Margaret Kathleen Halpin (Nolan), and his siblings — Philip, Patrick, Timothy, Margaret (Ortiz), Mary Ann (Shapiro), Peter, Kathleen (Santoro), and John Halpin — along with their spouses, children, and numerous extended-family members. He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Philip Halpin.
Born to Peggy and Gene Halpin on October 21, 1951 in Seattle, Washington, Dave grew up in South Pasadena, California. His childhood recollections were of a bygone era — attending parochial grammar school with the nuns, playing the drums in a rock ’n roll garage band, working his father’s catering truck route in downtown Los Angeles and surfing the Pacific Ocean waves before it was “cool.”
After graduating from South Pasadena High School in 1969, Dave enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. It was through the Guard that he learned the importance of discipline and the necessity of higher education. He was honorably discharged in November 1974. In the fall of 1975 he began his undergraduate studies at Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California. He received his Bachelors of Liberal Arts in 1979. While attending the College he was ordained to meet his life partner and wife, Natalie St. Arnault. They married December 29, 1979, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.
Dave graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1983. Subsequently he was sworn and admitted into various jurisdictions, courts, and state bars. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana. He was also licensed in Native Tribal Law for the Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apache, and Zuni Pueblo.
Dave and Natalie moved to Indiana in November 1991. They raised their nine children in the Chesterton/Duneland area — a semi-rural community in Indiana on the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Dave led the family by example with prayer, hard work, and quiet acts of love. He was a great storyteller and fantastic impersonator; he had a knack for making a room burst into laughter with his keen sense of humor and wit. He was an avid reader, swimmer, and bicycle enthusiast. He took pride in the Halpin homestead — sweating in his yard most summer Saturdays or snow blowing the drive in the bleak of winter.
Dave was a member of St. Patrick Parish, its Men of St. Joseph, and the Knights of Columbus. His life will be honored by family and friends with love, laughter and prayer.
In lieu of flowers, checks can be made payable to Dave’s widow, M. Natalie Halpin. Please post farewells, stories and/or condolences via the White-Love Funeral Home website.
God’s blessings and the peace of Christ to each and every one touched by Dave’s life.
David Halpin (’79), husband of Natalie (St. Arnault ’80) and father of Rose (’06) and Margaret Tannoury (’08), died unexpectedly last night. Please pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his family. Thank you.
Over the years a number of David’s siblings attended Thomas Aquinas College, along with many of his nieces and nephews. Funeral information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Thanks to all for your many prayers for Abi Retallick (’14), which appear to have borne good fruit. Brigid McCarthy (’04) reports:
“Last night Mariclare Lessard (’14) messaged me on Facebook relaying that the last update she knew of was that Abi ‘got through surgery’ and was ‘doing OK.’ ...
“Abi herself sent me a message on Facebook at 7:07 a.m. this morning: ‘I really appreciate all of the prayers. The TAC Community is so wonderful.’ She went on to say that she will ‘be heading home sooner because of this, but it should be a quick recovery.’”
Your continued prayers are greatly appreciated!
Senior tutor Dr. Thomas Kaiser (’75) asks for prayers for his brother Ken (’78), husband of Patricia (Grimm ’79) and father of William (’03) and John (’07). “Ken has pancreatic cancer,” writes Dr. Kaiser. “He is seeing specialists at UCLA, and they think they have caught the disease in its early stages and it is treatable.” The family will know more about Ken’s condition next week. “In the meantime,” adds Dr. Kaiser, “please keep him in your prayers.”
Meanwhile, the College has learned that Abigail Retallick (’14), who is on a six-month mission trip at an orphanage in Brazil, is suffering from acute appendicitis. As of this writing, she is in surgery, but due to the remoteness of her location, she may have arrived at the hospital too late for effective treatment. Please join us in praying the Memorare on Abi’s behalf:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Many thanks to Keith Roscoe, brother of Brenda (’89), who has provided the two photographs above from his sister’s graduation in 1989. He has also penned a loving obituary, and offers the following funeral information:
The Wake is scheduled for Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. with the Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary and Prayers for the Repose of the Souls of the Dead. The Funeral Mass will be offered by Father John Horgan, Pastor, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in North Vancouver (B.C.) at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, followed by a Reception in the Parish Hall. The casket burial of her mortal remains will take place on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Gardens of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Surrey, B.C. All are welcome to all services. …
In lieu of flowers, please leave a donation for Masses to be said for the Succour of the Poor Souls in Purgatory (Brenda Roscoe), care Fr. John Horgan of St. Pius X Catholic Church in North Vancouver.
Please continue to pray for the repose of Brenda’s soul and the consolation of the Roscoe family.
A message from Rev. John Horgan, a friend of some alumni from Vancouver, B.C.:
Brenda Roscoe has died of a brain aneurism at the age of 48. She had recently returned from a holiday to England and came to see me on October 15. Fortified with the Sacraments of the Church, she died at Lions Gate Hospital suddenly on Wednesday, November 5. A wake with the Rosary will be offered on Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at St Pius X Parish in North Vancouver; the funeral Mass will be offered at St. Pius the next day at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow on Monday, November 17, at the Gardens of Gethsemane.
Please keep Miss Roscoe and her family in your prayers.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the death of Angela Baird (’00), a champion of life. May her soul, and those of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kevin Long (’77), as well as the consolation of his beloved wife, Martha (Schaeffer ’76), and their family. After struggling for many years with multiple illnesses, Mr. Long died on August 19 at his home in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Long was born August 2, 1955, the only son of James and Esther Long. He is survived by his wife, Martha; his mother-in-law, Jane D. Schaeffer; sisters-in-law, Anne Forsyth (’81), Mary Richard (’82), Joan Waxtein (’85), and Laura Langley (’89); and 22 nieces and nephews: Jane (’11) and Michael Forsyth (’14); John (’13), Carmel (’15), Jeannette (’17), Robert (’13), Thomas, Dominic, and Paul Richard; Bernardo, Gabrielle, and Joseph Waxtein; and David (’15), Aaron (’16), Clare, Margaret, Kathleen, Gianna, Emma, Laura, Marie, and Celine Langley. He was preceded in death by his devoted brother-in-law, George Forsyth, his beloved father-in-law, John E. Schaeffer (a founding member of the College’s Board of Governors), and his mother, Esther Long.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Thomas Aquinas College, 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060. May his soul, and those of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.
Rev. Matthew Busch (’04) is the College’s 60th alumnus priest, having received the Sacrament of Holy Orders at the hands of the Most Rev. Gregory Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, on May 10. This photo from his ordination, which took place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pensacola, comes courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, Tallahassee, of which Fr. Busch is a member, and for which he now serves as a Faithful Friar. Fr. Busch will begin his first priestly assignment on July 1 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee, where he also served as a transitional deacon.
Please be sure to keep this new priest in your prayers — and Deo gratias!