Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Mubarak Amar, and for comfort for his family. Father Amar was a friend of mine and a priest living in Peoria, Illinois. He had been suffering from a long illness and died yesterday afternoon, by the grace of God after having received Extreme Unction and prayers.
Father Amar was an astonishing man to speak with, as he could converse on virtually any topic that came into the conversation with depth and authority. He was particularly fascinated by linguistics and the connections between various Mediterranean peoples, particularly with regard to Church history and pious customs. He was interested in exploring some of the common links between his own Lebanese heritage and that of the Catalans, and we had a number of interesting exchanges on that point.
He was a very good man, who had been very ill for some time now. He liked to inundate you with interesting emails about the Liturgy, or languages, etc. After he became very ill and had to go into care, he was no longer able to email, and I know that must have been extremely frustrating for him. Some months ago he managed to rally to the point where he telephoned me and we talked for two or three hours, and sadly that was the last time I was able to communicate with him, other than the occasional get well card with a prayer card tucked inside that I used to mail him. Fortunately his earthly suffering is now over and I am sure he will be joyfully exploring and investigating all of the corners of heaven having interesting, lengthy discussions unencumbered by the limitations of the earthly coil.
Basilica of Our Lady in Harissa, Lebanon
Peoria – The Rev. Mubarak A. Amar, 64, of Peoria passed away at 2:28 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
He was born Benedict A. Amar on June 22, 1944, in Chicago to Dr. Wesley F. and Yvonne Van Lent Amar.
His parents preceded him in death.
He is survived by one sister, Yvonne (Charles) Frey of Peoria and one nephew, Benedict (Kerry) Frey of Chicago.
He graduated from Leo High School in Chicago and obtained a B.A. from Loyola University in 1966 and a Ph.D. in classical philosophy from Princeton University.
In the 1970s he taught philosophy at Beirut University College in Beirut, Lebanon. Subsequently, he worked in pastoral care at the Mariners House of Montreal in Canada. He attended and taught at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and was ordained a priest on Dec. 21, 1991.
He also became a Benedictine Oblate on Jan. 10, 1988, at St. Procopious Monastery in Lisle, Ill. He served as assistant pastor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Champaign, Ill., and pastor at the following churches: St. Patrick’s in Elkhart, St. Thomas Aquinas in Mount Pulaski, St. John the Baptist in Middletown and St. Mary’s in DePue. He was Chaplain for the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Spalding Assembly No. 206.
He taught theology at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., until 2002.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, is officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.
Wright and Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to http://www.wrightandsalmon.com.