Reverend Monsignor David Vincent Sorohan, who was born on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aug. 15, 1934, died on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Dec. 25, 2020, while in palliative care at Mount Carmel-East Hospital. Msgr.
Sorohan is a 1948 graduate of Saint Rose of Lima Elementary School (New Lexington) and a 1952 graduate of Saint Aloysius Academy (New Lexington). He received both his college degree (1954) and philosophy degree (1956) from Saint Charles Seminary (Columbus) and his degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) in 1960. While in studies he was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 20, 1959 by Bishop Martin J. O'Connor at the North American College Chapel (Rome). Msgr. Sorohan later earned a doctorate in school administration from Columbia University (New York) in 1969. During his 60-plus years of dedicated service to Jesus Christ, His Church and His people, Msgr. Sorohan served as an associate pastor or in residence at the following parishes: Sacred Heart (New Philadelphia); Saint Peter (Columbus); Holy Name (Columbus); Our Lady of Peace (Columbus). He also served as pastor of Saint Peter Church (Worthington) and long-time pastor of Saint Catharine of Siena Church (Columbus). In the field of Catholic education Msgr. Sorohan served as assistant superintendent of schools; instructor and assistant principal, Saint Francis de Sales High School (Columbus); principal, Marion Catholic High School (Marion); diocesan superintendent of schools; and vicar for Education. Msgr. Sorohan was also appointed to serve as a judge of the Diocesan Tribunal, Second Instance. Foreseeing the need for Spanish-speaking priests, Msgr. Sorohan enrolled in a sabbatical program at the Mexican American Cultural Center (San Antonio) to learn Spanish, later utilizing his Spanish in pastoral ministry at Christ the King Church (Columbus) and elsewhere in the diocese.
Msgr. Sorohan also served as a chaplain for the City of Columbus Division of Police and the Division of Fire; he also served on numerous boards, committees and commissions in service to the Church and the civic community. In recognition of Msgr. Sorohan's devoted service to the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) in 1992.
After Msgr. Sorohan retired as pastor of Saint Catharine's he remained active there and assisted in several parishes before moving into assisted living at the Villas at Saint Therese. Msgr. Sorohan is preceded in death by his parents, R. Verne and Leoma Margaret (Hickman) Sorohan, and brothers Daniel, Patrick and Lawrence Sorohan. He is survived by sisters Marysu Sorohan and Diane Saunders; sisters-in law Sallie Joe Sorohan, and Martha Sorohan, along with many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Our sincere thanks to the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and staff at the Villas at Saint Therese and Mother Angeline McCrory Manor for the excellent care provided to Msgr. Sorohan over these many years, Dr. James Soldano and the medical staff at Mount Carmel-East Hospital (especially 2N ICU) for the wonderful care provided to Monsignor, and to Mary Ginn Ryan and many parishioners and friends who assisted Monsignor in his retirement. Calling hours for Msgr. Sorohan will take place at Saint Catharine of Siena Church, 500 South Gould Road, Columbus, Wednesday, Dec. 30, beginning at 2 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Calling hours will resume Thursday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. COVID protocols are in place; social distancing, which limits seating; wearing a facemask is required. Funeral Mass will be live-streamed; visit https://stcatharine.com
. The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Columbus, will celebrate the Mass; priests of the diocese will concelebrate; homily will be delivered by Father Michael J. Lumpe; burial at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne. In lieu of flowers Msgr. Sorohan requested donations be made to the Saint Catharine School Tuition Assistance Fund, 500 South Gould Road, Columbus, 43209 (http://stcatharineschool.com
), or the Saint Rose of Lima School Tuition Assistance Fund, 309 North Main Street, New Lexington, Ohio, 43764 (https://stroselimaschool.org/
). Arrangements by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 E. Broad St. Visit www.egan-ryan .com for messages of condolence.
Published by Perry County Tribune from Dec. 30, 2020 to Jan. 13, 2021.