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OT/MISC Father Mike passed away. (RodeoRector)
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    I was just thinking about him this week. He was a nice person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris Gandillon View Post
    He stopped posting here years ago. Simply got too busy with his much larger church after he moved to Georgia.
    But he was SO HAPPY to have his active parish. He was fulfilled.

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    Salute to a genuinely good man. We are all going to enjoy a fabulous Reunion in heaven. Prayers of peace for his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammy55 View Post
    (Does anyone know what happened? I went to his FB page, but it doesn't say anything about him passing. He had a wonderful sense of humor, though, and I loved looking at some of his past postings.)
    He had a medical procedure done last week and he made a comment yesterday that he wasn't feeling so well and that it might have been due to the procedure. That said I've yet to read all of the posts in this thread.
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    I'm so very sorry to hear this.
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    Rest In Peace Father Mike!
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    This is sad news indeed!!!! I really like RodeoRector and even though understand why he had to leave, I missed him.

    RIP, dear "Padre."

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    Aw, so sad!

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    I have missed RR posting, but to know he never will again is extremely sad! Prayers for his family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FREEBIRD View Post
    Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
    Amen. I always looked forward to the "He is risen!" thread that he started every Easter.
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    I liked him too. But, his last post was January of 2017: http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showt...t=#post6317856
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    But he was SO HAPPY to have his active parish. He was fulfilled.
    It makes me happy to know that! I remember how elated he was when he was able to move back to Texas from Colorado. When he got his orders to move to Georgia I had so hoped he'd be in a good place and that he'd be happy there.

    I, too, had him on my mind just last week or so, wondering how he was.

    RIP
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    Vary sad news, indeed.

    Vaya con Dios, Padre.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Topusaret View Post
    May his memory be eternal.

    I just want to clarify that the Orthodox Church is NOT an order of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church chose to schism from the Orthodox Church in 1054 A.D.:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East%E2%80%93West_Schism
    I thought he was a Melkite Catholic in the Byzantine Church, which is union with Rome. In the Eastern Rite Catholic churches, priests can be married.

    Eternal Rest grant to Father Michael Hull, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
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    He and I exchanged a few enjoyable PMs regarding the Irish comedy series "Father Ted." He was a great guy with a great sense of humor. RIP Father Mike.

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    my heart and prayers for his family, and I know he is UPSTAIRS now.
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    He is enjoying the presence of our risen Lord! Comfort for his family.

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    Very sad news. I had missed his posts lately, especially on prayer requests.

    “I’m headed upstairs about this.”

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    Fr. Michael Hull:

    In Love With God’s Will

    The vocation to the Catholic Church and its priesthood wasn’t exactly handed to Fr. Michael Hull on a silver platter. He worked and prayed very hard to discover it, and he also had some friends give him some pointers along the way. Throughout his life, he sought God’s divine will, and because of this, he has been greatly blessed.

    “My family originally went to the Episcopalian Church, and later joined the Greek Orthodox Church,” Fr. Michael says. “As a boy, I served at the altar and played music in church. Although I felt a calling to be a priest ever since I was 9 years old, for a while I really resisted the call. I went to college and later worked as the Regional Health Administrator for the Department of Corrections. Interestingly, however, it was pretty obvious to the inmates that I worked with that I was in the wrong place! I was always very open about my faith with them. They were a captive audience, and they often encouraged me to go into the priesthood. I also had friends that encouraged me. One time, a friend said to me, ‘Why don’t you just go on and do what you are supposed to do?’”

    He soon took the hint, and entered the Anglican School of Theology in Dallas in 1985. He was ordained as a priest in the Greek Orthodox Church in 1991, in which he served for many years. After a soul-searching journey, he was received in the Greek Catholic Church in 2005. Although his ordination to the priesthood was still valid in the Catholic Church, he needed to study at St. James Seminary in Boston to complete his formation.

    “I realized that there was a lot of disunity in the Greek Orthodox Church, and I became under conviction about the importance of being in union with the See of Peter,” Fr. Michael says. “I saw that it is actually being in union with Rome which makes you in union with Rome!”

    During his time at the Anglican School of Theology, Fr. Michael fell in love with the Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church and its unique spirituality. Fr. Michael is currently the Pastor of St. Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Catholic Church in Augusta, as well as a staff member of St. Mary on the Hill. We are truly blessed to have him in our community. He offers Masses at our parish, visits the sick, buries the dead, and does whatever is asked of him.

    “I find St. Mary on the Hill to be a very warm parish, even though it is huge,” Fr. Michael says. “Its parishioners love each other and take care of each other. Furthermore, working with Fr. Jerry is a rare privilege. He is the most supportive and caring priest!”

    By following God’s will daily, Fr. Michael lives out the stewardship vision in incredible ways.

    “I think being a good steward involves every act in your life,” Fr. Michael says. “We are a throwaway society, and we don’t seem to have respect for things. Being a good Christian means being a good steward of what God has given you, as well as the environment around you. For parents, it means giving your children the time that they need and praying with them. Stewardship really is a way of life.”

    Fr. Michael Hull
    “I think being a good steward involves every act in your life.We are a throwaway society, and we don’t seem to have respect for things. Being a good Christian means being a good steward of what God has given you, as well as the environment around you. For parents, it means giving your children the time that they need and praying with them. Stewardship really is a way of life.” – Fr. Michael Hull
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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    He had a medical procedure done last week and he made a comment yesterday that he wasn't feeling so well and that it might have been due to the procedure. That said I've yet to read all of the posts in this thread.
    Yes, I remember reading his post on that on his FB page.

    I am still in shock over his leaving us so suddenly! V

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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    He had a medical procedure done last week and he made a comment yesterday that he wasn't feeling so well and that it might have been due to the procedure. That said I've yet to read all of the posts in this thread.
    I'm going to miss Father Mike so much, he always posted the funniest things that would have me laughing out loud and of course, sharing his posts.

    Packy, this was posted this last July 3rd but I'm sure you remember it. V

    "Michael H. Hull
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    For the last three years I’ve been plagued with a bone on bone right shoulder. A shoulder replacement is called for, but pretty extreme, and not guaranteed. When I’m faced with serious stuff I come home. Debi is at UT Health Center East Texas for knee replacement surgery yesterday (which went excellent), and I went to Mother Francis for a procedure called a Right Scapular Radio Frequency Ablation to get some relief. One of my closest priest friends, Fr. Barry, is an anesthetist there, and he set me up with Dr. Sirianni (in the Darth Vador outfit) and they took me back to surgery and fried the nerve to the shoulder. Amazing! No pain this morning. It pays to have friends in high places. I am very grateful." https://www.facebook.com/michaelh.hu...19885298251402

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    I always enjoyed his posts when he was here.

    God gained a good one today.

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    So sorry to hear the news of Michael's passing. Very strange--out of the blue this morning I suddenly thought of him and was wondering how he was doing. I guess that I felt the void that he left as he 'headed upstairs". Prayers of comfort for his family and all who love him.

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    So sorry to hear this. I guess it has been a while since he posted, but it doesn't seem like it's been that long! He was one of the really good TB ol' timers. rip sir
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    RIP Father Mike. Prayers follow you.
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    Praise God for his time with us and can't wait to meet him in heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kris Gandillon View Post
    He stopped posting here years ago. Simply got too busy with his much larger church after he moved to Georgia.
    Facebook page of his church--it is in Augusta, GA--

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    I met him on one of my road trips. Stayed at his place overnight, met his wife. Both great people. Gave them a bottle of my homemade wine using a plant native to the Southwest.

    Been missing him for a bit and was thinking about them earlier. This is sad news but now he'll be wandering in Heaven with his big ol' straw cowboy hat and booots I reckon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maranatha View Post
    So sorry to hear the news of Michael's passing. Very strange--out of the blue this morning I suddenly thought of him and was wondering how he was doing. I guess that I felt the void that he left as he 'headed upstairs". Prayers of comfort for his family and all who love him.

    MARANATHA!
    Maranatha, so did I!

    I pray the rosary every morning in the wee hours, this morning as I started to pray, all of the sudden in my mind's eye, I saw Father Mike standing next to me and he was smiling and wearing his vestments.

    White and gold.

    So I prayed an Intention for him, never realizing that I would find out this morning, that he had passed away.

    I will so miss him and how he always made me laugh every morning when I would see what he posted.

    And I will miss his Sunday morning Mass that he would post live on FB.

    I always let him know that I was 'attending' via the internet by posting a "Good Morning Father!" (yes, that was me).

    May God Bless you Father Mike. V

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    This man was/ is a truly good person. I don’t will miss him so. Prayers for Debi his friends and parish. Love you Father Michael. See you on the backside.
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    I have to share a funny story about Fr Mike...

    We shared emails and jokes quite often other than just on facebook..

    In Dec 2008 I seen a ad in my email.. I could paste my face on a elf and email my Christmas greeting.. I was so excited.. I uploaded a pic and picked out my elf.. Only problem was I just had surgery the day before and did not read the full disclosure..

    Fr Mike opened the email during a meeting in a room of priests.. I had sent a pole dancing, stripping elf with my face on it..

    He called me on break to tell me about it..Luckily he found it hilarious and knew I was medicated..We have laughed about that since..

    I am really going to miss him..

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends. Adding my prayers.

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    Wow! I always loved his posts and the things he said...….I have missed him since he stopped posting and wondered what happened. Now he's gone home to be with Abba. He will be missed by all. Thank you God for lending him to us for a while.
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    Sad news indeed. May he RIP. Loved his posts.
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    [QUOTE=night driver;7343839]He started out as an (IIRC) Episcopalian, had a falling out on moral grounds with his Bishop, and through a train of events became a Melkite (Orthodox) priest. Yes, he has a wife (prayers for her comfort and support) and 3 seriously beautiful daughters.


    Ya hadda hear him tell it to get the whole God's Will flavor of the train of events, to see just how many moving parts God put in play to hang on to him in the Priesthood.[/QUOTE

    I think he was of Byzantine Rite. Not Orthodox. Totally separate church but both can marry before ordination. Melkite is of the Eastern Rite aka Byzantine but they follow Pope and Orthodox follows Patriarch.
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    Prayers and condolences to his family
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    What a loss to the Church and to the world. May Almighty God welcome Fr. Mike into His loving arms.
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    He was quite helpful to me regarding a past matter and I have always been thankful. Loved his posts. Have missed him and now more so.

    Rest eternally in the favor of the Trinity, dear Father Mike.

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    Here is a Youtube of Father Mike.

    I will miss his great humor and his Sunday Mass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BptD...&feature=share V

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BptD...&feature=share



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