St. Patrick Catholic Church
Reverend Monsignor Michael diteccia Farina
1923-2010
 
Ordained in 1954, Monsignor Farina’s first two assignments were at Holy Family Church in Hillcrest Heights, and St. Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, before being named founding pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Forestville, and then pastor at Mount Calvary Church in Forestville. Named a Monsignor in 1984, he is founder and president of the Paul VI Institute for the Arts; past president and board member of the Catholic Historical Society of Washington; founder, Washington Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums; Vatican representative in Washington for Patrons of the Vatican Museums; Vatican representative to the International Conference on Museums and Sites; consultor, Pontifical Commission on World Culture; board member of Support our Aging Religious; and member of the Committee on Iconography for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Awards include SOAR’s Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, the Catholic Historical Society of Washington’s Fr. Andrew White, S.J. Award, and the Vatican Museum’s Antonius Canova Medal for Distinguished Service. He resided at St. Patrick's from 1976 to 2009, before moving to the O'Boyle Residence for Retired Priests.

On Wednesday, February 10, Monsignor Farina left this life to join his Heavenly Father. Monsignor Farina served the people of the Archdiocese for 56 years and served at Saint Patrick's for 32 years. A good priest, a dear friend and true servant of the Lord will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. Please keep Monsignor Farina in your prayers. His memorial Mass was held on Monday, February 15, 2010, at Saint Patrick's.

His obituary appeared in the Catholic Standard newspaper on February 24, 2010.

Photos from Monsignor Farina's 9/20/09 farewell party are online.