In Loving Memory of Monsignor Edward J. Thompson

Father Ed passed away on February 11, 2016, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. 

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Many say this was no coincidence, since all who knew our beloved Father Ed are aware that he dedicated his vocation to our Blessed Mother. Now reunited in paradise with his parents, his twin brother, and his sister, Father Ed will be missed by all.

Father Ed served at St. Mary Magdalen Parish since 1991. This wonderful man was very connected to the students of the school in various ways. He started a ministry called The Vocation Cup.

This ministry involved the homerooms taking turns in bringing a chalice to their classroom after each school liturgy. The students would pray for Vocations during the entire stay of the Cup in their classroom.

Father Ed was also involved in the Priest Visitation Ministry. He was assigned to the seventh grade class. He loved visiting this class! During the last months, when his health weakened, Fr. Ed would come in his scooter, always with a joyous spirit to answer any question about our Catholic faith.

Two other ways in which Fr. Ed connected with the students was the annual Bible Service for the sixth graders, and the training of the middle school Altar Servers.

Mackenzie, an eighth grader from St. Mary Magdalen has received all of her current Sacraments by Father Ed. “I’m going to miss him so much. Father Ed was like another grandfather to me, and I knew I could always look up to him as a role model and inspiration in my life. He knew just the way to make any rainy day a sunny one,” said Mackenzie.

The faculty and student body of St. Mary Magdalen School thank God for the gift that was Father Ed. And, as Bishop John Noonan said in the Funeral Mass, “We all can be a little better now, because we knew Fr. Ed.”

Rest in peace dear Father Ed.

Article written by Nikole, 8th grade student at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs