Dear Editor: A great American, a great friend, and above all a great priest (“Purple Heart Recipient, Middle Village
Native Priest, Dies in Philadelphia,” Obituaries, April 25).
Father DeBiase was an inspiration to all our family, having baptized our youngest and performing the marriage Mass for two others. He always took time to talk with people, listening to their problems, and spreading good cheer.
Father DeBiase was a true Franciscan, down in the dirt helping the sick and poor. He never promoted himself. The illustration of his life, of prayer, and good deeds might well help motivate young men to join the Order.
Mary F Kenny