R.I.P., Msgr. Richard ‘Mons’ Soseman

Msgr. Richard “Mons” Soseman.

Msgr. Richard Soseman, better known to the Live Update Guy crowd as “Mons,” has been taken from us by the pandemic. He was 57.

LUG’s Charles Pelkey gave me the word just now. The Catholic Post has more.

A Mass at the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the 41st anniversary of his death on Dec. 9 also was a first opportunity for the Diocese of Peoria to mourn the death from COVID-19 two hours earlier of the vice postulator of the famed media pioneer and author’s cause for canonization.

“We gather with sad news for our diocese as Msgr. Richard Soseman has gone home to God this morning,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka of Peoria at the start of the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria.

Msgr. Soseman, 57, had been the episcopal delegate assigned by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to assemble Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause and later became vice postulator. Acknowledging “our hearts are heavy” with the news of his death, Bishop Tylka said “in some ways it is providential and fitting that on the same day that Sheen went home to God, so does Msgr. Soseman.”

We knew Mons as a cycling fan, a witty, energetic correspondent, and a generous spirit who gave far more to our silly little sideshow than it deserved. Neither Charles nor I ever met the padre face to face, but we both miss him as though we had spent years in his presence. Which, in a small and remote way, we did, a blessing for which I am grateful.

The Catholic Post will publish a full obituary at some point. I expect Charles will have more to say as well. In the meantime, those of you on Facebook might visit the monsignor’s Facebook page.

Be well, take care, and give a thought to absent friends.

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19 Responses to “R.I.P., Msgr. Richard ‘Mons’ Soseman”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Sigh. Long sigh. So young, too.

  2. JD Says:

    PO’G: Thank you for sharing the sad news about Mons. I third your and Charles’ sentiments about Mons: I too never met him face to face, but will miss him as though I had spent years in his presence.
    One often never knows the influence one has on others, but I rest assured that Mons’ influence on everyone he countenanced was positive, uplifting, and exemplary.
    May God’s blessings be upon him, his family, friends, and colleagues. And may we all count ourselves fortunate we had the time with him we did.

  3. Shawn Says:

    A wisened man of the cloth
    A friend to many not visible
    Words are his study in wit, wisdom and eloquence
    May you travel at your heart’s desire
    Among the stars of perspective
    We will miss you old chum
    A pint in your direction, a dram at your eye and a Salud! to you and the great things you have done
    So long good friend.

  4. SAO' Says:

    I’m incapable of expressing sadness and sympathy right now, because I’m filled with a hatred of the current administration that could power a billion suns for a billion years. This was avoidable and unnecessary.

    Rest In Peace, Monsignor. You made a difference in the lives of many, making you rich beyond any means of measure.

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  6. debby511 Says:

    I’m very sorry to read this sad news. I didn’t know him and never met him, but always enjoyed his posts and daily essays back in the LUG days.

    Why does this f-ing virus keep taking good people but sparing the evil ones?

  7. Dale E. Brigham Says:

    I am so very sorry for the untimely demise of this man of God, and I deeply regret that I never met him. The truth is that, as a Methodist kid from West Texas, every Catholic priest I have ever met has impressed me with his (they are all guys, so far) intelligence, goodness, and ready wit. These are fellows I want to hang out with (and drink with, of course).

    I have a few bones to pick with the entire outfit (e.g., have you seen their parsonage in Italy? — I think it is a bit much), but as for their personnel, I love them. May God bless this fellow man’s passage into the next life.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I interacted with a host of Jesuits in my time, including some who got back from gigs in Central America when that was not a guaranteed round trip. Recall Archbishop Oscar Romero and the American nuns. I got pretty active in the drive to get the U.S. the fuck out of Central America back then. Surprising Uncle Sam gave me a security clearance.

      Back in grad school and when I first went out and got a paying job at the U of Hawaii (see time line above), I think the priesthood was in its heyday of critical thought. Then that Polish guy took over and everyone was told to STFU.

      When John Paul took over and put the boot down on liberation theology was when I made myself scares from Catholicism. That said, those years in the eighties and early nineties before the Church got conservative were really cool. I looked at Mons and it brought back memories, most of them good, when I was involved with that stuff.


    • khal spencer Says:

      Hey, Dale, where are you now? Was that you who got into a world of bullshit at the U of MO in 2015? I think I left academia just in time…


      • Dale E. Brigham Says:

        Hey, Khal! I am happily retired in Columbia, MO, with my lovely and talented wife and three equally lovely and talented cats. I jumped ship the fall after that kerfuffle at MU. Was thinking of retiring within a year or so of that, and I think I had just had enough by then. I have been back to teach and do other departmental duties since then, but that has wound down now.

        This year, I am really glad I am not teaching. Everything is remote now, which takes the only fun part of teaching off the table — being in front of a bunch of youngsters and imparting some larnin’ to them. Most of the kids are more than all right; they are great! (A few I could do without.) Dale

        • khal spencer Says:

          This remote stuff gets old. My dissertation advisor loathed Zoom classes but says he has gotten used to them and sees some advantages. But Gil is way more flexible in his approach than most.

          Glad you are enjoying retirement. I was going to retire this past spring but with the Covid restrictions, I went sixty percent since a vacation during this Year of the Bug was not in the cards.

  8. Hurben Says:

    To use a local phrase, ‘A Mighty Totara Has Fallen’.
    Sad news indeed, go well Mons.

  9. Libby Says:

    So sad. So wrong. A terrible sacrifice.

  10. Katie S Says:

    I spent the better part of November watching the Vuelta with Mons and the Nut Pub gang (veteran LugNuts). He would always sign off at the end of a race with “Is it over?” It was his signature line, and we always waited for it. It’s such a bittersweet memory now.

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