May 1, 2019, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, marks the one-year anniversary of the repose of Fr. Daniel Cooper. He died peacefully in his sleep after a three and a half year battle with cancer.
A Life of Service to the Church
Born to Jerome and Dorothy Cooper on December 12, 1962, he was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on June 29, 1987. In his over 30 years of priestly service, Fr. Cooper served in many assignments including: Ridgefield CT; Armada, MI; Los Gatos, CA; Veneta, OR; Arcadia, CA and twice in Dickinson, TX. His gentle ways and sincere piety won the hearts of the faithful whose lives he deeply touched and the profound respect of his priestly confreres.
In his last days Fr. Cooper made a general confession, after which he received holy Viaticum, Extreme Unction, and the apostolic blessing. He offered his sufferings for the Society of Saint Pius X and for the good of the Catholic Church.
A favorite quote of Fr. Daniel Cooper: "But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong...That no flesh should glory in his sight...He that glorieth, may glory in the Lord" (1 Cor. 1:27-31).
Honoring His Memory
A special Mass for Fr. Cooper is being offered today at Queen of Angels Church in Dickinson, TX. We grieve at the loss of our dear confrere, a good shepherd, and we offer our sincere condolences to all who knew and love him. Please join in the intentions of this Mass and pray that Fr. Cooper’s soul makes its way into the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ.