A Tribute to Father Albert

A wonderful tribute to Father Albert, O.P. – our Fraternity’s spiritual guide written by Father Victor Brown, O.P., former pastor of Holy Rosary:

…This morning, I offered Mass for the repose of Fr. Albert Moraczewski, perhaps the most distinguished member of the southern province of our Dominican Order here in the United States.  From his childhood, he manifested a gift for science and study.  He joined our Order, attracted to it by its emphasis on the intellectual life.  Shortly after his ordination, he earned the Ph.D. degree in science from the University of Chicago with a major in pharmacology since he was especially interested in drugs and medications, in their use and in their abuse.  That led him to an interest also in the whole field of bio-chemistry, bio-physics, and bio-ethics.  For years, the American bishops in their semi-annual meetings have asked him to address them on the latest developments on things like DNA, stem-cell research, cloning, and other aspects of our physical make-up which have moral connections. 

Fr. Albert was the chaplain of this monastery from 1992 to 1994.  He lived in the apartment in which I now live.  And in particular, he celebrated Mass each day at the altar in the chapel where I celebrate Mass each day.  As I stand in that very spot every morning, I am acutely aware of the men who have preceded me in this position, most of whom I have known personally and liked and admired.  Today, as I stood there, I thought: Albert stood here many times to offer the Holy Sacrifice.  Now, please God, he stands in the kingdom of Heaven offering eternal praise and adoration to the God to whom he devoted his long life here on earth.  He was 87.  Just in case he needs prayer, please remember him in yours.


Fr. Victor Brown, O.P.