YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A long-time area priest was remembered on Monday with calling hours and a funeral mass at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.
Father Nicholas Shori died Wednesday at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer. But those who knew Shori said his memory will live on, including his work with the ministry.
Shori served as pastor at St. Paul Church in New Middletown for 17 years and was the chaplain for Springfield Police. He also preached at area prisons, as well as at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.
Rev. John Jerek, vicar for clergy and religious services for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, counted himself as a friend of Shori. He said Shori wanted to live in the future.
“He saw the church as something that was unfolding, guided by the Holy Spirit, taking us sometimes into places that were a bit mysterious and gave a very strong sense of hope that we never stand still on this journey of faith. We keep moving forward,” he said.
That was a message which he had to preach as the diocese was being changed and reconfigured. Shori was a major part of that process, going to churches to explain why the changes were happening.
“He helped people to understand that not all the time is everyone going to be happy or satisfied, but part of following Jesus is to embrace that,” Jerek said.
Friends and those in the ministry said Father Shori was a dynamic leader. He had a good sense of humor, which helped during difficult times and made him relatable.
“Once he was in your life and spiritually in your life and in your heart, he ignited that flame. So I’m just one of thousands,” said Carol Craven.