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Padovano, Dr. Anthony T.

Rev Dr Anthony PadovanoJune 22, 2024

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Rev. Dr. Anthony T. Padovano (1934-2024) passed from this life in his 89th year. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, scholar and friend to all, he will be remembered for his devotion to family, his unceasing positivity and great intellect.

In a remarkably diverse career, there were many aspects which served to identify his life. Chief of these were ordination to priesthood and subsequent marriage.

The most meaningful aspect of his life, was his 49 years of marriage with Theresa (Lackamp) Padovano who was the great love of his life. They gave four children to the world, followed by five grandchildren.

Before marriage, he was profoundly impacted by his fifteen years as an Archdiocese of Newark priest and professor of Systematic Theology at Darlington Seminary in Mahwah, New Jersey. As he moved toward marriage, he regularized his status with the Vatican. He sought to maintain his priestly work in every way possible.

He became a Distinguished Professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he was part of the founding faculty. He taught for 45 years and was named Emeritus Professor in 2016. Two buildings at the College bear his name: the Padovano Peace Pavilion and the Padovano Commons. Dr. Padovano was adjunct professor at 25 American universities.

Anthony was a prolific writer and would go on to publish 29 books, including three award- winning plays. He authored 150 articles in nine languages and lectured in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The essence of much of his work was building bridges between a prior and post Vatican II understanding of Church. He worked for years as President and then Ambassador of CORPUS, a Catholic group dedicated to the reform of ministry and priesthood.

He served as a Catholic pastor for thirty years in the United Church of Christ, in Catholic Church ministries and in an Inclusive Community, where Catholics and Protestants worship Christ together.

His important contribution to the fields of theology, religion and church reform lead to the collection of the Padovano Papers in the archives of Notre Dame University and a life-time achievement record read into the 104th Congress of the United States.

Motivated by a love of learning, Anthony traveled to all the continents throughout his lifetime.

Dr. Padovano was predeceased by his father, Thomas, his mother, Mary, and his only sibling, Rose Marie. He leaves behind his wife Theresa Padovano, his four children Mark, Andrew, Paul and Rosemarie as well as his five grandchildren Mia, Luke, Lilyana, Diana and Anthony.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 10:30am on July 20th 2024 at The Holy Family Chapel at Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. 2 Convent Road Morristown NJ 07960 In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations in Anthony’s name be made to The Sisters of Charity P.O. Box 476, Convent Station


Theresa Padovano
9 Millstone Drive
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

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Following Vatican Council II perhaps the most progressive diocese in the United States was that of Oklahoma City-Tulsa.  After that Ecumenical Council, the diocese of Oklahoma City-Tulsa called together what they called the LITTLE COUNCIL.  Delegates were elected from each parish from around the entire state.  There were many young priests, and most were very proud of the idea of having elected representatives implement the theology, philosophy, and insights of Vatican II into the life of the Catholic parishes in Oklahoma.  The bishop of the era was Victor J. Reed who had his roots in the state and had served there as a parish priest prior to becoming our bishop.  He was permissive of new ways and experiments but not a firebrand.

But many of the laity were not so enthusiastic.  For instance, the diocesan newspaper was uniquely privately owned and edited by one of the more liberal priests and his articles were often at odds with the conservative leanings of a group of loudly opposed laity.  So before long the Little Council took aim at that paper, and it was no longer the official diocesan paper. The paper was sold, and the owner-editor moved to California to exercise his ministry. 

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Hank Mattimore likes to sum his life in the words of an Old Afro American friend of his. “Life is a grow’n thing. Ya grows or yu dies”. This author has done a lot of “growi’n’” from his childhood days as the youngest of five kids born and raised in a Irish-Catholic neighborhood in South Buffalo, New York. His seminary years and eventual ordination to the priesthood as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate. His six years as missionary priest in Japan was life changing, opening his eyes to a culture and a people far different than he has ever experienced.
His “growin time” continued when still a priest, he volunteered to work as the white pastor of a mission in predominate black ghetto area in Florida. He loved the work and learned a new respect for the black community but after three years he found the celibate life of a priest too difficult to bear.
At 85 years of age, Hank Mattimore has done a lot of living. He hopes to continue his living and writing as long as he is able to because he keeps close to his heart the words of his old friend. “Life is grow’n thing. Ya grows or yu dies.”