Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Our prayers go out for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who died Aug. 20, 2014, at the age of 86. He celebrated 60 years as a priest this year.

Cardinal Szoka was born in Grand Rapids and was raised in the Muskegon area. He served as a priest for the Diocese of Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.  He also served as the Bishop of Gaylord.  John Paul II named him Bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1981, and then Cardinal in 1988.

In 1990 Cardinal Szoka was named head of economic affairs and lead administrator for the Vatican City State.  He retired from that post in 2006.

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron said of his passing, “We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd….Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers.”

Click the following link for a WDIV news interview about Cardinal Szoka with the Archbishop.

Visitation for Cardinal Szoka will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward in Detroit on Sunday from 2 to 9 pm with the Divine Office at 7 pm; Monday from 2 to 9 pm, including a 3 pm rosary in the Blessed Sacrament chapel and a vigil service at 7 pm; and Tuesday from 9 to 11 am.  The Funeral Mass takes place at the Cathedral at 11 am on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.