From the kitchen to the choir loft, from welcoming pilgrims as they stepped off the bus to praying with them in the quiet of the church, Fr. Paul Faroh, OFM Conv., spent his life filling God’s people with good things.
Fr. Faroh died on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Findlay. Born Elias Fredericus Faroh on Feb. 22, 1930, in Lorain to Taufie and Mehaba (Zegiab) Faroh, he was baptized at St. John Parish in Lorain on June 15, 1930. He professed simple vows as a Conventual Franciscan on July 14, 1962, and solemn vows on July 15, 1965. After serving as a brother for more than 20 years, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 11, 1985.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Sultana Toth, Alice Patterson, Henrietta McConnell, Hanna Dager, Josephine Dunnigan and Lillian Faroh, and his brother, Charles Faroh. He is survived by his brother George Faroh. Fr. Paul also had 18 nieces and nephews.
As a brother, Fr. Faroh served as a cook at the Novitiate in Auburn, Ind., (1961-1970) and then at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey (1970-1977). Following ordination, he served as pilgrim director at the shrine (1985-1992), on the retreat center staff at Mt. St. Francis, Ind., (1992-1995) and as pastor at St. Joseph Parish in LaGrange, Ind. (1995-2004). He then returned to the shrine where he lived the rest of his life.
Lexington (Ky.) Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., said of Fr. Faroh: “His love of food and hospitality became connected to the example of Jesus who frequently taught in the setting of a meal and who left us his ongoing presence in the form of bread and wine … Fr. Paul created so many friends and relationships, in the kitchen, around the table and at the table of the Lord.” For pictures and stories of Fr. Paul’s Franciscan service, please visit the OLC province website, franciscansusa.org.
Visitation took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street, Carey, on Thursday, Nov. 2, followed by a wake service. On Friday, Nov. 3, visitation continued at the basilica until the funeral mass. There was a wake service in the chapel at Mt. St. Francis, Ind., on Sunday, Nov. 5. The mass of Christian burial was on Monday, Nov. 6, in the chapel and interment followed in the friars’ cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made by mail to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, 103 St. Francis Boulevard, Mt. St. Francis, IN, 47146.