Rest In Peace AndyP/Doria2 – a most remarkable Catholic evangelist, teacher, writer, dedicated family man … and friend.

Andrew P. Piacente
1953 – 2012

Andrea Pasquale Primo Piacente, age 58, of Yonkers died Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Andrew was born October 26, 1953, at sea, on the Italian Ocean Liner, Andrea Doria, the son of the late Pietro and Alfa (Pensa) Piacente. He was employed as a mail handler for the US Postal Service since1977. Andrew became a steward in 1979, and held various positions and performed various functions for the union during his long career, also serving as the AVP/Branch President of Westchester. He also served as the New York State Executive Board member up until his retirement in August 2012.

Andrew was a parishioner and CCD teacher at St. Eugene’s Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife Marie L. (Kanych) Piacente, his loving children Christina (Paul) Dedvukaj, Andrew (Andrea) Piacente and Adam Piacente. Devoted son of Alfa Piacente and brother of George Piacente. Cherished grandfather of Angelina and Dominic.

What isn’t mentioned in his “official” bio are the thousands of comments and letters to the editors that Andy sent to various websites and newspapers, where he never failed to express God’s honest truth about all things Catholic.

There’s also no mention of the thousands of people … Catholic and non-Catholic alike … whose lives Andy regularly touched, via email.

You see, every week, Andy would read and carefully screen hundreds of faith-related Internet articles. Many of his friends would send him their favorite picks, as well. Then, two … three … sometimes four times a week … Andy would send links to the best of those articles … along with a short personal commentary … to followers located all around the world.

This was Andy’s very own, home-grown, Catholic Information Ministry, and it’s just the type of thing the late, Blessed Pope John Paul II, as well as our current Pope Benedict XVI had in mind for their “New Evangelization”.

A quick search of the Eternal Word Television Network Q&A Forums will reveal hundreds of questions and comments from AndyP/Doria2 … as his on-line friends knew him.

Andy was also a frequent commenter and contributor to Cardinal Dolan’s Blog, and to my own, where I set up a special category, just for Andy. You can read over 200 of his hand-picked selections here.

Andy’s words and deeds defined the true meaning of the term “Church Militant” in an era where you won’t even find it mentioned in the the Catholic Catechism.

One particular Old Testament passage succinctly explains the reason for Andy’s particular mission:

My people have been silent, because they had no knowledge:
because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will reject thee,
that thou shalt not do the office of priesthood to me:
and thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I also will forget thy children.

(Hosea 4:6)

Andy never pushed his weight around, and as far as  I know, he never offended a soul. But Andy always managed to promote and defend the Catholic faith … and stand up for the truth … in good times and bad … with style and with grace. And Lord knows … there’s not much of that going around, these days!

The liver cancer that prematurely ended his life has left a big hole in the lives of Andy’s family, friends and many followers. I know I’ll miss him. But my Catholic faith informs me that it won’t be too long before we see him again. So for now, please join me in praying one Hail Mary for the repose of the soul of Andrea Pasquale Primo Piacente a.k.a. AndyP/Doria2 … a thoroughly nice guy, a hard worker, and a good, faithful Catholic family man … who was taken from us much to soon.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Rest in the Peace of Jesus Christ, brother!

-Doug Lawrence

8 Comments

  1. This is so well said. I was a friend of Andy’s too, I first met him at a Christian forum in 2004 when I first gained faith and converted to Catholic Church. Unfortunately I never met him in person but there is always a special place for him in my heart, and I will never forget him. He was a true soldier for Christ and a wonderful human being. Andy, please pray for us!

  2. Thank you Doug: Well said of our friend and champion in Christ. I never met Andy either, but he had a way of making you feel as close to him as those who knew him face to face. I already have been missing him and his e-mails. As for e-mail companions/friends, Andy was the best, always honset. He was not always right regarding a minuscule number of topics/instantances, yet he was always gracious in making that acknowledgment and adding an updated correction. Andy is the finest example of a man and a Christian. I will cherish his memory and we all will be blessed by his evangelizing legacy which he left behind for us. Thank you Andy!

  3. Thanks for the beautiful tribute to our mutual friend Andrew. He was the brother-in-law of my sister so we met at famly functions every now and then. It was always a pleasure and so enlightening to speak with him. What an ambassador he was for the Catholic Church. I’m proud to have known such a diligent and kind teacher.

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