May 19, 2016 The official news of the Bayside Mission from the Lay Order of St. Michael

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Fr. Robert Skurla  R.I.P.
January 10, 1927 - May 19, 2016
          FR. ROBERT SKURLA, long-time devotee, advisory board member and chaplain for St Michael's World Apostolate was called home to his eternal reward this morning at 2:15 a.m.. The beloved Bayside priest was 89 years old and had just celebrated the 60th Anniversary of his ordination on Pentecost Sunday.
        He will be remembered forever in the annals of the Church for his courageous voice and defense of the Bayside Message. His historic and spectacular apologia pro-Bayside delivered on Palm Sunday, April 4, 1982, in St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, Penn., in his then prestigious office as International Blue Army Chaplain, still ranks today as probably the greatest priestly witness of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Roses in Queens, N.Y.

                     Fr. Skurla with Michael

        THE MESSAGE TOUCHED him deeply, nay, powerfully transformed his life and priestly ministry, and he felt obliged to share it.
        This homily, which was like "the shot heard round the world," would incur the fury of Church leaders (along with other public testimony) or as only Our Lady could succinctly say, "the wolves were after him." (July 1, 1985)
        He would endure a crucible of suffering and a virtual exile that would last to the end of his public ministry.
        If he was tortured by his own, he was praised by the Mother of God on July 1, 1985: "We are proud of Our son that he did much to spread the Message from Heaven."
        And we are proud to number this saintly man as one of our best friends and inspirations. He would always express how indispensable the love and support of the Baysiders were in his lonely and difficult life. We meant a lot to him. The Lay Order of St. Michael would often visit him at his nursing home.

        FATHER DIES A GOOD and holy priest, and a true and faithful servant of the Church. His joyful, fun-loving and infectious personality lit up the room and, no doubt, he's wise-cracking with the angels and saints right now.
        But above all, we will always remember Fr. Skurla as our hero, as a true devotee and loyal son of Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers.
        May he be richly rewarded and united with Her in the eternal abode of the blessed.
Michael Mangan and the
Lay Order of St. Michael
  P.S. Please join us for Father's wake in Queens Village after the May Crowning Luncheon on Sunday. Transportation provided. More details will follow tomorrow on our website.