Monsignor Lawrence J. Auda, 84 of Gillespie, died at Heritage Health in Gillespie on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 2:40 p.m. He was born on May 3, 1934, in Litchfield to Charles Auda and Victoria (Ricchiardi) Auda. He was ordained a catholic priest on May 21, 1960.
He received Papal Honor: Chaplain to His Holiness (“Monsignor”) on August 23, 2002. He was assistant at St. Paul, Highland from 1960-1964, St. Anthony, Effingham, 1964-1968 and St. Matthew, Alton, 1968-1972. He was Pastor of St. Mary, Marshall, 1972-1975. He was Parochial Administrator, Christ the King, Greenup and St. Charles, Borromeo, Casey, 1973-1975. He was Pastor of St. Michael, Greenfield and St. Catherine, Hagaman, 1975-1976, St. Mary, Marshall, 1976-1988. He was Spiritual Director, Diocesan Seminary, 1980-1986. He was Pastor of SS Simon and Jude, Gillespie and St. Joseph, Benld, 1988-2009. He was Dean of Litchfield Deanery, 1994-2009. He was Parochial Administrator of SS Simon and Jude, Gillespie and St. Joseph, Benld from 2009-2014. He was Pastor Emeritus of SS Simon and Jude, Gillespie and St. Joseph, Benld from 2014-present.
He is survived by several cousins.
Monsignor Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation services will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at SS Simon & Jude Church, Gillespie from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be Friday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. at SS Simon and Jude Church, Gillespie. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Gillespie. Memorials are suggested to SS Simon and Jude Altar Society or St. Joseph’s Altar Society. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie is in charge of the arrangements.