Father Frank E. Papa, S.O.L.T., J.C.D.

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.

  6 comments for “Father Frank E. Papa, S.O.L.T., J.C.D.

  1. Thomas Schon
    September 15, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I still tell people about the fun times we had going places with teens incorporated.Frank Papa was a caring man.He even had a judo program in Bristol.

  2. Rachel Brandon Sears, R.N.
    September 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    A true priest of God centered on serving Jesus Christ.

    Dear Father Papa led who knows how many residents at his assisted living facility in Front Royal.

    He was a dinner pal to my parents. He and my Dad loved bread!

    Father Papa placed a full-size creche on the grand piano in the dining room at Christmastime until a secular management company began to erase any signs of religious affiliation. But if you don’t need God at the end of life, when do you need him? The absurd American separation of church and state in a letter of Thomas Jefferson has gone fudge overboard, in my opinion.

    Rest your Merry Soul, Father Papa. You are now in the Great Cloud of Witnesses among the Heavenly Host.

    Agape love,

  3. Daniel Duarte
    September 18, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Father Papa was my spiritual father and I’m going to miss him very much. I have been so blessed to have known him half my life over the past 21 years. With all the scandals going on in the church, I only wish people could know how great of an example of a true priest for Christ he really was. He was always available and would very often be on the phone past midnight giving spiritual advice. Most people may never know all the good he has done and the countless souls he helped save along the way, but thankfully Christ our Lord knows. He faithfully said Mass in a wheelchair up to his last days and what else can I say other than he is my hero, friend and spiritual father. Thank you for showing me, my wife and children how much you a loved being a priest for our Lord.

  4. Roberta S Galanis
    September 18, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I will really miss Father Papa He gave the best scriptures classes and I so enjoyed them.
    He was truly a kind and caring priest. God must have needed him more now than we did
    May God continue to watch over this wonderful Priest. So Glad I had the pleasure of knowing him
    for many years.

  5. Ken & MaryBeth Walter
    September 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Fr. Papa will be missed. My husband, Ken, and I (MaryBeth) knew Fr. Papa from St. Mary’s church in East Hartford, CT. His homilies were great. We had also visited him down in Front Royal, VA where we all went out to eat at Golden Corral. Ken even helped Fr. Papa proofread his book “Love, Dating, & Marriage.” He was a good caring and holy man.

  6. Bruce Bader
    October 1, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve known Father Papa before he was Father Papa I was one of those young struggling boys from a broken family if it wasn’t for Frank only God knows were be now. I’m not perfect but the other path that I was on would have landed me in a bad place. Nobody will ever know how much that man has truly sacrificed for others. God broke the mold with this MAN

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