Monsignor Paul Kamide, former pastor of Church of the Epiphany, Port Orange died on Monday, October 11, 2010. He was 75.
His viewing will take place at Church of the Epiphany, Port Orange on Thursday, October 14, 6:00—9:00 p.m. with a Vigil prayer service at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m.
The Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. The Burial will take place at a later time in the family cemetery in Carthage, New York.
Monsignor Kamide was born on July 15 in Carthage, New York where he attended elementary and high school operated by the Augustinians. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Villanova University. He also received a master’s degree in theological studies from Augustinian College in Washington D.C.
Monsignor Kamide was ordained in Carthage on February 9, 1963 as a member of the Order of St. Augustine in St. Thomas of Villanova Province.
He arrived in the Diocese of Orlando in 1974 and served for two years as diocesan director of Campus Ministry. Between 1976 and 1985, Monsignor Kamide served parishes in Texas, Massachusetts and South Florida. He returned to the Diocese of Orlando in 1985 and was appointed associate pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park. He also served as associate pastor of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Orlando on December 8, 1993. He sometimes served as a celebrant of the Television Mass of the Diocese of Orlando.
In 1994, Monsignor Kamide was appointed pastor of Church of the Epiphany, Port Orange and served there until January 1, 2009.
In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI honored him with the title monsignor for his long and distinguished service to the Diocese of Orlando. The honors were formally conferred during Evening Prayer at the Festival of Faith on May 9.
“I ministered with Monsignor Kamide for two years,” said Father Richard Walsh, Diocesan Administrator. “He was a great pastoral minister, who manifested a gentle spirit and a compassionate heart. He was patient with others and tolerant of their faults. Monsignor Kamide’s relationship with Christ was truly the foundation stone of his ministry.”