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Fr. Louis J. Trivison Enters Eternal Life

Fr. Louis J. Trivison

FutureChurch cofounder and beloved spiritual father, Fr. Louie Trivison, went home to God on Wednesday March 17. He suffered from Parkinson's disease and declined quickly after a serious health setback last July. Sr. Chris Schenk was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer obituary: "Louie helped hundreds of people begin to relate to God as a friend, as the one who cared about them more than anybody else, respected their uniqueness and humanity and loved them just as they are…"

Trivison was ordained in 1948, and served four Cleveland parishes before becoming the first pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in 1971. He inaugurated that parish's pastoral team, sharing leadership with nuns and lay women. For years he advocated for Mass in the vernacular, frequently reminding FutureChurch supporters that just six years after Pius XII solemnly declared "the Mass will always be in Latin," John the XXIII approved Masses in local languages.

Over 1,000 attended Fr Louie's wake and funeral including four bishops and scores of priests who heard homilist Fr. Jim O'Donnell praise Fr. Lou's vision in cofounding FutureChurch.

Fr. Eldon Reichert, SM a close friend of Fr. Louie's and a member of FutureChurch's founding steering committee, followed him home on March 20, 2010, after a long illness. Fr. Eldon helped create FutureChurch's first mission statement. (To read more inspiring reflections about Fr. Lou and Fr. Eldon visit our website).

Focus on FutureChurch

Spring 2010


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