Monsignor Frederick G. Nawarskas, right, prepares for a special Mass on May 19 at Holy Family Catholic Church in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Father Fred’s” ordination to the priesthood. The Most Rev. Michael Sis, bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, presided over the Mass, which was attended by about 500 people. “Father Fred” has been at Holy Family Catholic Church since 1996. Photo by Loretta Fulton
By Loretta Fulton
Trumpets, a full choir, and a packed nave at Holy Family Catholic Church all attested to the significance of the Mass of Thanksgiving honoring the Reverend Monsignor Frederick G. Nawarskas on May 19.
But a comment from Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo let “Father Fred” know exactly how significant the Mass was that honored the 50th anniversary of Nawarskas’ ordination to the priesthood. Sis expressed his gratitude to all the priests who had traveled long distances to participate in the Mass and to honor their friend.
“They are here,” the bishop said, “because of their love and respect for Father Fred.”