(May 6, 2020; Darien, IL) The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary (PCM), Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of the Reverend Angelo Mastria, O. Carm., who died at the age of 89 on May 5, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona.
Angelo was born to (the late) Tomasso Mastria and (the late) Concetta (Donato) Mastria on August 19, 1930, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His given name at baptism was Albert. He is predeceased by his brothers Anthony, Joseph, Frank, and his sister Mary Rock, and is survived by his sister Margaret Mastria.
Albert began the Carmelite Junior Seminary in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and completed it in Hamilton, Massachusetts. In 1950 he attended Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, and entered the Carmelite Novitiate in New Baltimore, Pennsylvania, in 1951. He professed simple vows on September 3, 1952, taking the religious name of Angelo. He then returned to Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, to complete his studies and went on to attend St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and then studied theology at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC. White at Whitefriars, he professed solemn vows with the Carmelites on September 3, 1955, and was ordained a Carmelite priest on May 26, 1958.
Father Angelo’s first assignment was in 1959 as associate pastor at San Miguel Parish in Santiago, Chile, until 1966. He went on to serve at St. Thérèse Chapel in the Northshore Shopping Center in Peabody, Massachusetts for a year before moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish for seventeen years. In 1986 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to serve as associate pastor at St. Agnes Parish. He went on to serve as a chaplain to the elderly at Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona, living at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Priory in Tucson, Arizona. In 2013, he moved to the Carmelite Community at St. Thomas Priory where he lived until moving to Sunrise at River Road, in the Fall of 2019, where he remained until his death.
Given the current pandemic situation, Fr. Angelo’s services will be private with burial in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
May he rest in peace.
Donations in honor of the Reverend Angelo Mastria, O. Carm., may be made to: the Society of Mount Carmel, 1317 North Frontage Road, Darien, Illinois, 60561.
For further information on the Reverend Angelo Mastria, O. Carm., or the Order of Carmelites, please contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at www.carmelnet.org.
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