FR JAN MILCZ, CSsR died peacefully at Marie Curie at around 9:00 pm last Tuesday evening.
Fr Charles and Bro Michael Taylor were with him.
When I took him Holy Communion last Sunday morning, I sensed that this would probably be the last time that I would see him.
To say that John had an eventful life would be something of an understatement. Having been taken prisoner as a boy during the Second World War, he was later to serve both in the Polish and British Armies.
His deep faith led him to try his vocation for the priesthood and he joined the Redemptorists in 1958, was professed in 1959 and ordained in 1966. He was a good and holy man and we will miss him, but we are grateful that the final struggle is over.
We, the Redemptorists, are immensely grateful for the love, friendship and support you have given him over the years and especially for your prayers in these last months of his life. We are also very grateful to Philip Sergeant (who is now coordinating the nursing care of our sick confrères), the carers and nurses who came to the monastery and the staff of Marie Curie during these final weeks. May he rest in peace.
His funeral will be this Wednesday (11 July) at Noon.