Fr. Lee Sciarrotta brought the Marianist presence and charism to Australia. Sadly, he died on September 24, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio at the age of 72. Below is a beautiful tribute from Julie Aherne, MLC National Responsible, and other lay Marianists.
We the Family of Mary, called The Immaculate Heart of Mary, MLC. of St. Jude’s Parish, in Langwarrin, would like to send our Condolences to our Marianist Family, and to the Sciarrotta Family and his friends.
Father Lee will never be forgotten by those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was known for his hospitality, friendship, warm heart, and welcoming manner, and the steadfastness of his Faith. We would like to thank The Marianists of America, for sharing him with us here in Langwarrin. He was a pioneer Missionary in the then bushland of Langwarrin. Father Lee was our first Parish Priest. Here are just a few comments from some of members of The Family Of Mary who knew him.
Don and Pat Larken,
Please send our Condolences, and we will keep him in our prayers.
I have many special memories of Father Lee, and he remains in my heart with much love and prayers.
Father Lee blessed our home. He would often come to see us and make himself at home, and would have a coffee or tea and have a chat. He was so easy talk too. He would sit at the table and stretch out his legs. We liked him very much, and I will keep him in my prayers.
John and Carmel Russell
He’s the reason why we come to Langwarrin. When we came to visit our daughter here, we met him at Mass. He found out that I was a teacher, he wanted me to start a Religious Education Group in the Parish. He told us about the land, we looked at it and here we are.. 23 years later. We moved into our house on the Tuesday and he said I’ll be around Wednesday to bless it. We have very happy memories of Father Lee and we will pray for the repose of his dear Soul.
I remember Fr Lee’s wonderful hospitality. After morning Mass on a Friday he would invite everyone in for a cup of tea, or coffee. Someone would make biscuits, or he would have something to eat. This was different for me, I have never experienced such openness and hospitality from a Priest. This was one of the reasons why I liked the Marianist’s. He had a special charism that was different to other Priest’s that I had known. He was interested in everyone, and treated everyone the same. With a smile, and was always warm and friendly. We have a lot of wonderful memories of Father Lee, and how generous he was in many ways to our Parish.
These are just some of our warm memories of Father Lee, that we wanted to share with you. How blessed we were to have him as our parish priest in Langwarrin.
Eternal rest grant unto to him O Lord, and May your Perpetual Light shine upon him. Well done good and faithful servant of The Lord. Rest In Peace.
Mrs Julie Aherne,
MLC Responsible for Australia.