The Rev. Wilfredo Thomas Comellas
Reverend Wilfredo T. Comellas, 49, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital, Raceland, La., after an illness.

Father Comellas, son of Wilfredo Tomas and the late Justa A. Comellas, was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 16, 1964. His father, Wilfredo Tomas, a political prisoner of the communist government, was set free in 1971 and brought his family to the United States as part of the Cuban Freedom Flight Program. Father Comellas received his early education at St. Joan of Arc School, Jackson Heights, N.Y., and graduated from St. John's Preparatory School, Astoria, N.Y. He then entered a two-year novitiate program with the Legion of Christ in Cheshire, Conn. He completed a degree in philosophy at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, Conn. Father graduated from St. John's University, N.Y., with a B.A. in 1998 and completed his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, Orange, N.J., receiving his Master of Arts degree.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2003, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton.

Father Comellas was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Ann's Parish, Tobyhanna, with an additional assignment to the Hispanic Apostolate at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton. Father was then appointed assistant pastor at Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton, where he was later appointed administrator on Dec. 29, 2008. Father served as assistant pastor at St. Aloysius and St. Casimir, Wilkes-Barre, and Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Hanover Twp.

On Jan. 1, 2010, Father requested permission to serve in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La. He served there as chaplain of the Most Blessed Sacrament Faith Community, Gibson, La., and celebrated the traditional Latin Rite Mass for the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of the Heart of Jesus in Lockport, La. In September 2011 he also began teaching theology at Holy Savior School in Lockport.

Father Comellas was instrumental in establishing the Latin Mass congregation on the North Shore at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Lacombe, La., in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where Father Comellas also served as the chairman of Mysterium Fidei Mass Society.

He is survived by his father, Wilfredo Tomas Comellas Sr.; a brother, Leo M. Comellas; aunts and many cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his mother, Justa A. Comellas.

The wake will take place at the Chapel of the Dominican Monastery of the Heart of Jesus, Lockport, La., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, beginning at 5 p.m. with Solemn Vespers. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Holy Savior Church, Lockport, La. Interment will be in Holy Savior Parish Cemetery.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, at St. Ann's Church, Tobyhanna.
Published by Scranton Times on Nov. 13, 2013.
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May our fellow high school classmate rest in peace.
Class of 1982 - St. John's Prep, Astoria, NY
April 27, 2014
I'm so sorry to see this death anouncement only now. But, I know that Fr. Wil and I will meet again someday in the Lord's Kingdom! (Don't worry, Wil-meister, that's not the Sin of Presumption speaking ;-) ) Thank you, Wil, for your friendship during my years at the Seminary! May Jesus Christ, our true God, remember your Priesthood in His Kingdom!
Matthew Dunn
January 19, 2014
Thank you Fr. Will for the spiritual guidance you gave to the students of Holy Savior. Your love for them will always be cherished. May you rest in peace.
Jamie Schouest
Holy Savior Catholic School
Lockport, LA
November 26, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
From Francisco & Maria Morales & Family.
Francisco Morales
November 20, 2013
Thank you Father Wil. Very much enjoyed, and thank you for, your lunch time homilies for, and our times together talking before, mass at St. Pat's. Will keep your wonderful soul in my prayers. Ray Areaux
Ray Areaux
November 19, 2013
Thank you Father Will for all you did for the students at Holy Savior. I truly enjoyed learning in your classes. Through your lectures I have a deeper meaning of my Catholic faith. Thank You!
Sara Boudreauc
November 18, 2013
Our students were truly blessed to have had you to give them spiritual guidance. May you have eternal rest granted onto you.
JoAnn Chiasson
November 18, 2013
Thank you for all you did for me, Father. You are in my community's prayers.
Brother Andre Marie
November 16, 2013
Eternal Rest Grant Onto You, Father Will.
I will miss seeing you walking down our halls at Holy Savior School. Our students were truly blessed to have had your spirirtual guidance.
Debbie Werner
Deborah Werner
November 15, 2013
Eternal Rest Grant Unto You, Father Will. I will miss seeing you walk down our halls at Holy Savior School. Our students were truly blessed to have your spiritual guiduance.
Deborah Werner
November 15, 2013
May you rest in peace. Thank you for helping the students of Holy Savior better understand and appreciate their Catholic faith. You have impacted the lives of so many people with your selfless and tireless demeanor we can only thank God for sending you our way.
Blaine Degruise
November 14, 2013
Father Will, you were such an important part in our walk with Christ. Without you, we may not be where we are today. May you rest in peace.
Bill & Adele Cabell
November 13, 2013
Fr. Will, thank you for all that you did on earth...We couldn't have asked for a better godfather to our children. Rachel, Bella and Vivienne have a powerful intercessor as do we all. Your work will continue from heaven. May God grant you all mercy and eternal happiness!
Clyde,Christina, & the girls Solt
November 13, 2013
My dear Father Will, to know you was to love the priest you were and the great friend you were to us will be missed so much...keep praying for us...for we will pray to you...Vicky Knight
Vicky Knight
November 13, 2013
Rest in the arms of your Savior whom you served so well. God speed to your Holy reward.
Mary McEnroe
November 13, 2013
In memory of all your televised masses by SSPTV that brought me and my mother comfort and church into home and hearts. Rest in peace, gentle priest.
cynthia (Cindie) Ganc-Pecora
November 12, 2013
Rest in peace Father Will, each time I look at the Infant I will remember you. You will be sadly missed. Too short a life for a holy priest such as yourself. Godspeed.
Cathy Getz
November 12, 2013
Fr. Will,
Thank you for the special relationship we've had for several years. You were a very important part of my life. I will miss you dearly. God bless and keep you.
Pat Baker
November 12, 2013
Rest in Peace Father Will. You will be sadly missed by many. You were one of the most generous and truly faithful people I ever had the pleasure of getting to knnow. Your memory will forever be etched in stone on the walls of Holy Savior Catholic School.
Terri Vedros
November 12, 2013
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