Father Frank E. Papa, S.O.L.T., J.C.D. passed away peacefully Monday, September 10, 2018 at Winchester Memorial Hospital. He was born March 8, 1937 in Bristol, CT, the first of four children of the late Joseph A. and Claire (Morin) Papa.
Father Papa graduated from Saint Anthony High School, class of 1957. The Bristol native spent 25 years working in youth ministry. He founded Teens Inc. in 1963, which grew to serve more than 500 young men. In 1968, he established and operated Teen Homes, a 10-year mission that housed and raised young men struggling from broken families.
Father Papa earned a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome and was ordained a Catholic Priest on January 21, 1989 for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T). He taught at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT and he served as parish priest for several churches, including Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, CT and Saint Mary’s in East Hartford, CT.
The beloved priest, known for his Catholic orthodoxy, spent almost ten years compassionately serving Human Life International and the Catholic community of Front Royal, VA. Father Papa’s apostolate at HLI had been an active one – administering Sacraments to staff, speaking at regional and national homeschooling conferences for Seton Home Study School, assisting various parishes in the Arlington Diocese, appearing on EWTN and other television and radio shows, and authoring numerous articles and two books: Love, Dating, and Marriage: A Marriage Preparation Guide and Teenage Guide for Confession.
In 2014 Father Papa began a new apostolate as resident chaplain with Loving Arms (now Shenandoah Senior Living), an assisted-living and retirement community in Front Royal, VA. Father dedicated himself to serving his new community, as well as continuing to minister to families in the Front Royal community.
The family and friends of Father Papa wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Lyn Care in Front Royal for their attentiveness and care for Father Papa during the last several weeks.
In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Joseph A. Papa Jr., and his sister Arline C. Papa. Surviving is his youngest sister Shirley (Papa) Stone and brother-in-law, Al Stone Sr., of Bristol, CT, as well as nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
“Father Papa was a dedicated priest who faithfully and compassionately served the Church and people of God entrusted to his care,” said Father Boquet, president of Human Life International. “I believe the passage ‘No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ best captures the life and example of Father Papa. There was no limit to his willingness to give of himself for the good of others, especially regarding their salvation.”
A wake will be held at Saint John the Baptist Church, Front Royal, VA on Monday, September 17 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. An additional wake will be held at Maddox Funeral Home across from the Church on Tuesday, September 18, from 10:00 a.m. until Mass time.
A Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at Saint John the Baptist Church, Front Royal, VA, at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will be at Saint Peter’s Catholic Cemetery following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, Father Papa asked that donations be made to either the Front Royal Pregnancy Center or to Human Life International.