+Father Robert J. Skurla
Father Robert J. Skurla, a retired priest of the Eparchy of Passaic, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Queen of Peace Residence (Little Sisters of the Poor) in Queens Village, New York.
Born in Hamilton, NJ, Father Skurla was ordained on May 20, 1956 and was to celebrate his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination this year. He served as pastor at parishes in New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut and New Jersey including Saint Mary Church in Hillsborough; Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Toms River; Chaplain of The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal. His last assignment was as pastor of Saint Mary Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he served for eighteen years until his retirement.
Son of the late Andrew and Anna Skurla and brother of the late Joseph and Edward Skurla, he is survived by brother Andrew G. Skurla and beloved sister and traveling companion Florence Ann Donahoe. Father Robert is also survived by loving nieces Marjorie Callahan and Sandra Skurla Mastoris and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church 411 Adeline St. Trenton. Funeral Service for a Priest will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday Evening, celebrated by the Rt. Rev. James G. Hayer, Protosyncelius of the Eparchy of Passaic.
The Funeral Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Kurt R. Burnette, Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic, on Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Trenton.
Interment will follow at St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery #2, Trenton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 110-30 221st Street, Queens Village, NY 11429-2529.
Arrangements are by the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 1863 Hamilton Ave.
Posted on 21 May 2016 by MFH