|Fr. Richard Robert Farmer, O.P.,
Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, August 22, 2006
|Rev. Richard Robert Farmer Born: January 9, 1924 Professed: September 30, 1950
Ordained: June 10, 1955 Died: August 18, 2006
Homily of Fr. Greg Moore, O.P. at the Funeral Mass. In RealAudio. Click this link to hear with RealAudio.
This tribute to Fr. Farmer was read at the funeral mass.
A tribute in honor of Father Richard Farmer O.P.,
on the occasion of his 50th priestly anniversary (June 10, 2005)
By Father Vitalis Anyanike.
I wrote this testament with joy and gratitude on this noble occasion as we gather to celebrate with Father Farmer on his 50t h priestly anniversary. What a joy and honor to remember the numerous works done by Father Farmer when he was a missionary to my country Nigeria.
Father Farmer is indeed an outstanding priest of God. He was my pastor at St. Dominic Catholic Church Yaba, Lagos Nigeria. Although I was little boy when he was my pastor, he left a good and inspiring print in many of us. We loved him and still love him. He led us in worship of the Lord and he was a strong community leader whose contribution marks no boundary. He reached out to the poor and rich alike. Like Saint Paul he became all things to all people so that salvation may not be denied to them.
It was Father Farmer who began the construction of our parish church that seats 5,000 people. I still have the image of him walking around the church ground fixing things. I saw him doing electrical works, cutting lawns, climbing the roof. He was never shy of work. He labored tirelessly for the Lord and for our people. I wish I could be in there in person to thank him again.
I was lucky to have met his niece Kathy Jackson of Omaha where I am currently living and working as a catholic priest ordained for the archdiocese of Omaha. Today I am a missionary in Omaha Nebraska following the footsteps of Father Farmer and his Dominican Family that came to my home parish in Africa in early 1950.
With renewed thanks to Father Farmer, a seasoned missionary, a dedicated pastor who loved my people with all his heart and soul. Thank you for your presence in Africa, Thank you for helping us come to know to Christ Jesus. Thank you for your numerous contributions in the areas of education, health and social well being of my people. We can never thank you enough but may the good Lord bless and reward you abundantly. We love and still miss you, May Our Lady Queen of African Nations and Star of Evangelization protect you now and always. Amen.
Ad Gentes Mission Society, Rindone House, 4314 Aurora Drive, Omaha NE 68134