It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Father Stuart Long, a beloved member of our community and a dedicated servant of God. Father Stuart passed away on May 10, 2023, at the age of 75, after a long and fulfilling life of service to his faith and his congregation. In this article, we take a moment to remember Father Stuart’s remarkable life, and the many ways in which he touched the lives of those around him.
Early Life and Education
Stuart Long was born on January 15, 1948, in the small town of Bingham, Maine. From a young age, he showed a deep interest in the Catholic Church and a desire to serve God. After completing his high school education, he enrolled in Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Divinity from the same institution, and was ordained as a priest in 1974.
Ministry and Service
After his ordination, Father Stuart began his ministry as an assistant pastor at Saint Mary’s Church in Baltimore. He quickly earned a reputation as a compassionate and dedicated priest, and was soon promoted to the position of pastor at Saint John the Baptist Church in Frederick, Maryland. There, he served for over 20 years, building a strong community of believers and working tirelessly to improve the lives of those around him.
In 1998, Father Stuart was appointed as the pastor of Saint Andrew’s Church in Wilmington, Delaware. There, he continued his work to promote social justice and equality, and became a beloved figure among the congregation. He also served as a spiritual advisor to local hospitals and prisons, providing comfort and guidance to those in need.
Legacy and Impact
Throughout his life, Father Stuart Long touched the lives of countless people, both inside and outside of the church. He was known for his kind and compassionate nature, and for his unwavering commitment to serving others. He was a tireless advocate for social justice and equality, and worked to improve the lives of those who were marginalized or oppressed.
His legacy lives on in the countless individuals whose lives he touched, and in the many institutions and organizations that he helped to build and support. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his memory will continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come.
In conclusion, we remember Father Stuart Long as a true servant of God, a compassionate leader, and a beloved member of our community. His life was a testament to the power of faith, love, and service, and his memory will continue to inspire us for generations to come. We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and congregation, and pray that they find comfort in the knowledge that Father Stuart is now at peace in the arms of his Lord and Savior.