It has just come to my attention that Father James T. Rooney has passed away.
I had known him when I first started attending Our Lady of the Snows, back 1988. My wife had to work nights and asked me to bring her daughter Susan to church for religious education and we had just moved into Glen Oaks Village.
Now I was at that time a non- practicing Lutheran. But after a few years at the church and my many conversations about faith with Father Rooney, I entered an adult confirmation program and became a Catholic under the late Father Tugwood.My step-daughter was in one of his Catholic Education classes and excelled, I think because of Father Rooney.
Father Rooney left in '94 to be Pastor of Transfiguration Church in Maspeth and my family and I moved the following year and joined St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston (although we moved back a few years ago).
I had found Father Rooney to be outgoing and kind, with a spirit of love that seemed to emanate from his presence. He will be truly missed by the many that had known him because of the many lives he had touched.
Father Rooney was a true parish priest.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village