Friar Victor Beverly Brown, O.P. of the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres died January 9, 2017, at the age of 87. He suffered a stroke on January 3, and did not recover. As many of us know, he has told us for the last few years that he was “ready to go to God.” Now God in his mercy has taken him to his eternal rest.
Fr. Brown officiated at our son’s reception of the sacrament of Matrimony. He was a close friend of our daughter-in-law’s family and, over the course of years, he became our friend too. In our eyes, he was everything that Christ intended priests to be. Consider the words he wrote about our grandson’s Baptism in 2010.
On the 5th of January, 1930, a Jesuit priest by the name of Fr. John Navin, on the parish staff of the church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on the campus of Loyola University, New Orleans, baptized me. And he signed the baptismal register as well as the baptismal certificate which I still have to this day.Yesterday, April 18, 2010, I baptized a little boy here at Holy Rosary church in Houston doing basically the same for him that Fr. Navin did for me those eighty years ago. I have baptized many babies and adults in my lifetime, but practically none since I had to retire because of my health a couple of years ago. So the opportunity to confer the sacrament of baptism yesterday was especially welcome to me. Someday, people will look in the baptismal register of this parish and see the name of the child, Paul Francis … , and the name of the officiating priest, Victor Brown. And sacred history will be repeating itself. Some two thousand years ago, Our Divine Lord stood with his apostles just before ascending into heaven and said to them, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” That was done for you and for me; I have done it for many people since the sacrament of Holy Orders was conferred on me. We are baptized, signed, and sealed in the name of the triune God; we are a trinitarian people. The second person of the Divine Trinity has become our human brother as well as one of the Persons of our Divine Lord.Let us be grateful to God for our existence; to Jesus our Lord for our faith, our sacramental life, the joy of our membership in his body, the Church, and our parents, teachers, pastors, and others who have contributed to our spiritual life since the sacred water of baptism flowed over us in the washing which Jesus calls the second birth of water and the Holy Spirit.Fr. Victor Brown
Fr. Brown’s heart and soul were always fixed on the Lord. He brought that vision to all those he met. In this picture we see Father as he gave a special blessing to our grandson and to our son. He held his priesthood as a great gift and was the perfect example to our grandchildren on what a religious vocation really meant.
Although we will miss his immediate presence, we know he will be there to pray for us.
My heartfelt gratitude and love to you, Fr. Brown.
Yours in Christ, Char.