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The Passing of Father Andrew 'Andy' Buvala


Fr. Andrew (Andy) Buvala, O.F.M., a Franciscan friar of the Sacred Heart Province, died on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at St. Mary's Home at the Felician Village in Manitowoc, WI, at the age of 98. From 1981 to 2013, he lived and ministered in the Gaylord Diocese of northern Michigan facilitating ministry to the Native American community for the diocese as well as pastor of the Immaculate Conception Mission which became St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church in Peshawbestown, MI. In 2013, Fr. Andy, at the age of 92, moved to Blessed Giles Friary in Manitowoc, WI. Shortly before his 98th birthday, he moved to St. Mary's Nursing Home at the Felician Village.

Due to the coronavirus, there will be a private Funeral Mass at Blessed Giles Friary on Friday, April 3rd. Family, friars, and friends will gather at a later date, to be determined, for a Funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Joliet, IL. Fr. Andy's cremains will be buried with his brother, Fr. Medard Buvala, O.F.M., at St. John's Cemetery, following the Mass.

May the angels lead him home.

File: Father Andy's obituary

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