Molloy College mourns passing of Father Catania
From Valerie Collins, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Fr. Catania joined the Molloy faculty in 1991 as a Professor in the Theology and Religious Studies and English Departments. Beloved by both students and staff members alike, Fr. Catania taught many classes in English and Theology, crafted eloquent homilies and prayers, and dedicated much of his life to Molloy College, most recently completing yet another term as Faculty President.
Fr. Catania will be missed by all of us at the College.
Then to the elements be free, and fare thee well. Shakespeare's The Tempest
Faculty honor guard
There will be a Faculty Honor Guard for Fr. Catania on Monday morning at the Mass. Specific directions about the Honor Guard to follow in a later email. Any faculty member who plans on being part of the Honor Guard please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have limited academic attire for a few people who do not have their own attire.
Father Tom, eloquence, spirituality, deeply ingrained in his demeanor.
When he gifted us with his presence and the splendor of his voice,
it was like music to our ears capturing us in his vision with his profound intellect.
Presence felt and source of inspiration, he was all that man can be.
Angels rejoice in his coming, his journey here is complete,
"We shall find peace, we shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."
With much respect, and admiration for our dear priest, teacher, and leader.
Janet T. Sarandrea, Assistant Professor Division of Nursing
Copy from 2011 President's Award Ceremony
Ordained in 1973, Father Thomas Catania earned a Masters of Divinity degree that same year and a doctorate in English from Fordham University in 1981. He taught at Cathedral College in Douglaston from 1975 until 1988, beginning his service to Molloy as an adjunct in 1981. After two years of teaching in St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo, CA, he returned to Molloy as a full-time professor and was tenured in 1993. Since then, he has taught in the departments of English and Theology and served on numerous College committees, including Priorities and Planning, UAPP and Faculty Council. He is presently President of the Faculty, a position he also held from 2000-2004.
Twice, in 1998 and 2004, he was given the Faculty Council Award for service to the Faculty. Molloy has also honored him with its Distinguished Service Award and with the President's Medal.
He serves as parochial vicar and director of religious education in Holy Child Jesus Parish, Richmond Hill, Queens, and contributes a regular "Sunday Scriptures" column to the Brooklyn Tablet, for which he was given a citation by an international association of Catholic journalists in 2010.
In his thirty years at Molloy, he has been both preacher and teacher, president and presider. He still lives in the home from which he walked to Sacred Heart School to be educated, beginning in 1955, by the Sisters of St. Dominic.
We congratulate you and thank you for your generous, gracious, and masterful service to Molloy through thirty fruitful years.