The Reverend Canon John Andrew, faithful priest and XI Rector of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, entered into glory at 5:20am (EDT) on Friday, 17th October 2014 at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
On Wednesday evening, Father Andrew had dinner with Bishop John O’Hara, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. On his way home, Father Andrew suffered a massive cardiac episode and collapsed. He was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital but never regained consciousness.
Father Carl Turner, XIII Rector, celebrated the last rites of the church with Father Andrew Thursday afternoon. Father Andrew was not in pain and was receiving exemplary care. He was surrounded by many prayers and much love as he died.
Bishop O’Hara told us that he had a wonderful evening with Father Andrew; he was reminiscing with great happiness and especially about Saint Thomas Church. Very appropriately, he died furthering ecumenism and feeling loved by his friends and family.
May John rest in peace and rise in glory.
Arrangements for Father Andrew’s Funeral
Father Andrew’s body will be received into the Chancel of Saint Thomas Church on Tuesday 4th November where it will remain until the Solemn Funeral Liturgy the next day, Wednesday 5th November at 5:30pm. Fr Andrew had planned all aspects of his funeral, including music. The celebrant, at Father Andrew’s request, will be the current Rector, Fr Carl Turner. The preacher, also at Fr Andrew’s request, will be Fr Andrew Mead, XII Rector.
Read Father Andrew’s biography here.