Date of death: 5/26/2007
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1959
Reverend Richard Gant, SOLT, who had been an associate priest of the Society and the director of our communications, passed away very peacefully with the found and co-founder at his bedside.Some months prior, knowing he had terminal cancer, Fr. Richard had planned his own funeral to the last detail. A local funeral home director had ordered and donated a simple wooden coffin. The Bishop Emeritus Most Reverend Rene Gracida officiated at the funeral Mass and personally drove a pickup truck with the coffin to Skidmore, TX where several members of the SOLT community are buried.Fr. Gant had been a convert from the Quakers in his teen years and then worked as a newspaper reporter prior to studying for the priesthood at Saint Meinrad. He had earned a doctorate in sacred theology at the Angelicum in Rome.Information provided by Fr. Paul Damian Johnston, S.O.L.T., Society of the Most Holy Trinity, Robstown, TX.