Dear Brother Priests, Deacons/Subdeacons, Religious Men and Women, Lay Faithful:
Monsignor Ignace Moawad Sadek passed into eternal life on April 14, 2015, while in the hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Monsignor was born to Sadek and Zmerod Hanna (Hokayem) Sadek on December 4, 1930 in Batroun, Lebanon. He was ordained on April 15, 1956 by His Excellency Bishop Antoine Khoreiche in Beirut, Lebanon.
He received degrees in Philosophy, Theology, French Literature and Physics and was fluent in five languages. From 1956 until 1988, he taught various subjects at three seminaries and three colleges in Lebanon and served as pastor of a parish; he served on the Saint Sharbel Canonization Committee; and was a Preacher of the Patriarchal Diocese in Lebanon.
Father Sadek was appointed Pastor of Saint Anthony Maronite Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and served from 1988 until 1997. He was elevated to Periodeut with the title of Monsignor in 1996.
He was named Rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral, Brooklyn, New York in 1997 and was appointed to the Eparchial Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors serving from 1997 until 2002. He also served on the Priestly Formation Board from 1994 until 1997.
When the World Trade Center in New York City was attacked on September 11, 2001, Monsignor Sadek rushed from the Cathedral to the Brooklyn Promenade where he saw nothing but clouds of smoke and debris caused by the falling towers. Many news articles described the image of him with hands raised, giving absolution to all those who lost their lives while also comforting the distraught people nearby. His trademark black suit and beret was covered with the white dust and debris that the wind carried across the East River to Brooklyn.
In relating Monsignor’s actions that day, one newspaper article was even entitled, “Amid the Chaos, A Sign of Order.” He was personally touched by the death of eight of the parishioners of the Cathedral for whom only memorial services could be performed since no bodies were recovered from the falling tower’s tragedy.
Although Monsignor Sadek retired in 2007, he assisted the Rector at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary, Washington, DC from 2007 until 2013 and then assisted both Eparchial Bishops with serving in special assignments in a variety of different parishes: Olean, Buffalo, Flint, and lastly Dayton where he served with much love and devotion.
Monsignor left behind his beloved brother Youssef, many nieces and nephews, as well as many relatives and friends. He is predeceased by a brother Amine and a sister Julia.
On behalf of Monsignor’s family, friends and many well loved former parishioners, I extend the sympathies and prayers of the entire Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn- clergy, religious and laity. May he rest in peace.
With prayerful best wishes, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Viewing and Funeral Liturgy
Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, 113 Remsen street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Wake from 4pm – 8pm with a prayer service at 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Wake from 4pm. Funeral Divine Liturgy at 7:30pm