Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fr. Thomas Kawai: R.I.P.

Fr. Thomas Kawai, parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Havasu City, died June 23. He was 52.

Fr. Kawai was diagnosed with cancer within a week of his death and marked 22 years of priesthood the day before his death. In the priest’s final moments, he prayed, “Jesus, I love you. Have mercy on me and forgive me all my sins.”

Fr. Kawai was ordained for the Diocese of Zaria in his native Nigeria. He served at various parishes there and in the nearby Archdiocese of Kaduna before coming to the United States in 2008. He served locally at St. Edward the Confessor, Holy Family Parish and Saint Martin de Porres parishes as well as with Mary’s Ministries. Fr. Kawai spent the last three years in Lake Havasu City. He will be buried in Nigeria.

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