The Most Rev. Patrick Taylor, SVM, has reposed today.
Bishop Patrick Taylor
did indeed pass to his eternal reward at approximately noon
on Thursday, November 8
As an independent
Roman Catholic bishop, Taylor was the latest superior of the Society of the Virgin Mary
(SVM) [‡]. He had endured repeated illnesses in recent years, which included at least three heart attacks. It was the final heart attack
, for which attempts failed at revival, that was responsible for the sad news [†] (whose confirmation I'm overdue to post).
Bishop Taylor had become increasingly frail over the last several years, to a degree that became obvious when he would need to be assisted up steps at the foot of the altar, or in rising from genuflection when the altar was beyond reach.[#
Mass of memorial for Taylor was scheduled to be celebrated at Sacred Heart Traditional Catholic Church (SHTCC) in Orlando (Fla.) at noon today. [†]
Note †: Information courtesy of the Most Rev. Louis Montelongo, de facto
pastor of SHTCC in Orlando (Fla.). He had received telephone notification from a priest associated with Taylor in their shared home state West Virginia (Taylor's de facto
parish is in Beckley, W.V.).
: Information courtesy of the SHTCC webmaster.
Note ‡: According to the SHTCC webmaster, the Web site that had served dual roles, i.e., for Taylor and SVM, disappeared several years ago. Taylor once alluded to a dispute with his site's creator, but did not elaborate. The latter's implementation certainly seemed quite amateurish while it was accessible.