Rev. Frank Howard
July 28, 1927 ~ September 25, 2020
Rector of Trinity Church, Tariffville from 1975-1999
O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Frank, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the funeral will be private.
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From a Former Junior Warden
A good friend of mine often talks about the "golden thread" that holds all of us together in our spiritual life. She often thanks God for weaving us together with this golden thread. If that is so, Fr. Howard was the spindle that directed the weaving at Trinity.
I met Frank at a time when my little family was in crisis. New to town, actually new to the state, I called the church because I had no one else to reach out to at the time. Fr. Howard paid my family a pastoral visit which was both awkward and touching. He seemed shy but determined to find out what he could do. I remember him patting my hand and he assured me that he would pray for our situation. Before long things seemed to smooth out in my life and he introduced me to other women of Trinity. Within months I rediscovered my childhood faith but with a huge dose of the Holy Spirit. I believe Frank's visit and subsequent prayers are what launched me into this Christian adventure.
If's nearly impossible to separate Frank from the people and experiences that manifest God in this church. Frank was always the facilitator but never sought to be front and center. He invited speakers, organized retreats, invited folks to bible studies and lunches. Every bible study, faith alive, alpha, Cursillo, vestry retreat, parish retreat was Frank's working model of person to person evangelism. Honestly, he rarely shared his own faith story, but tilled the ground so that all of us, the sprouting Christians, would tell out own stories to each other. Frank preferred to fan the flames and let the fire grow.
I am at a loss to find a way to fully describe the gentle power of Fr. Howard's ministry. It was about his faith, his faithfulness to prayer, his conviction that God is a God of Love and that,"The Best is Yet to Come". He often spoke of the thin veil that separates us from the realm of God. How can I be sad when I know that Frank is finally, eternally home again? Thank you for your faith and witness, Fr. Howard.