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Thank you, Fr. Louie, for your outstanding 62 years
of service and sacrifice for the diocese of Cleveland and for the universal Church.    You have given us a new paradigm
for the Church in the 21st century.

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Our FutureChurch cofounder and beloved spiritual father, Rev. Louie Trivison,  went home to God on Wednesday March 17 at about 2:00 p.m. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and declined quickly after a serious health setback last July.

His sister, Mary Lou Trivison SND, was with  him when he gently breathed his last.

For several days and nights a cohort of faithful friends, and former parishioners kept round the clock vigil at Fr. Lou's bedside at Jennings Hall. Sr. Assumpta's outstanding staff gave sensitive and tender nursing care. Fr. Paul Hritz visited many times a day and  Fr. Jim O' Donnell came frequently to pray and comfort.  Sr. Pat Adams lovingly helped organize Louie's care and kept all the rest of us organized too.

Lou's other sister, Peggy Trivison, who lives in California, made many visits home over the past several months. She arrived just three hours after Louie's death.

Please keep Mary Lou, Peggy and this loving group of Louie's vigilling friends in your prayers.

The wake and evening vespers will be held from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday March 21 at Resurrection parish. The funeral will be at 11:00 am on Monday March 22.

Louie was a great priest and a great guide to countless Catholics, not least the FutureChurch community.  Linda Wheeler echoed what so many hundreds of Lou's parishioners experienced over the years:  "He taught me everything I know about how to be an adult Catholic." A fitting tribute to a great priest and a great man.

I send this with love, sorrow and yes, rejoicing that indeed, Louie's "strife is over, his battle won."   So don't be afraid to ask for help from heaven's newest saint, now so strong, beautiful, smiling and brightly shining with God's loving glory for all to see.

Chris Schenk

PS. For Louie's prospects for canonization I refer you to this tongue in cheek tribute written by his lifelong friend, George Eppley on the occasion of Louie's 60th anniversary in the priesthood.  Here I quote in part:

"There is no doubt that someday Louis Trivison will be raised to sainthood. We are here in anticipation of that great event. As you know, the process of canonization is a very long, involved and expensive process unless one belongs to Opus Dei. Lou Trivison does not.

Let me conclude by announcing that there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that all the members of the commission on canonization will vote negative on the question of whether Louis Trivison should be canonized. ... He would have gone farther but he was more interested in pursuing the power of truth than the truth of power. ...

The good news is that there is a way to ignore the modern process of canonization. The older tradition knows another and more valid process: the process of acclamation. In the days prior to Vatican bureaucrats, the people acclaimed a person a saint. So let the bureaucrats in Rome know that when Louis Trivison dies, we the people intend to acclaim him as angel, friend, scholar, visionary, pastor, leader, saint.

Click here to read George 's tribute in its entirety

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