It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of Rev. Canon Dr. Louis Madey who fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, after a long-term pulmonary illness at the age of 76. He will be missed not only by the Orchard Lake Schools campus community, but by all those whose lives he brought light to both near and far.
“We are very blessed to have shared in his joy since he arrived on campus in 2006,” said Fr. Przemysław Nowak, Vice Rector of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. “On behalf of the Orchard Lake Schools, we are eternally grateful for his service to God and the Church, the Marine Corps as a former chaplain (USMC Capt. Ret.), and the Orchard Lake Schools and SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary.”
Father Madey (ńe: Ludwik Madej) was born on April 4, 1944 in the vicinity of Lublin in eastern Poland. He attended the Classical Lyceum, earned his degrees from the Catholic University of Lublin, and earned double doctorates in philosophy and theology.
There was so much courage in the path Fr. Can. Madey walked with God and the Church.
He was ordained at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Lublin Poland, by Bishop Piotr Kałwa on June 16, 1968 for the Diocese of Lublin, came to the United States in 1977 while still writing his dissertation, and was incardinated to the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, of which he remained a priest until his death.
He also served in academic chaplaincies at Regis University, the University of Calgary, and Eastern Michigan University, and as a pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jackson, MI. He taught both philosophy and theology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Ave Maria University, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. At SHMS, he served briefly as Associate Dean of Formation, and at SSCMS as Vice Rector and Dean of Formation for several years. After retirement, he remained an adjunct professor at SSCMS.
In addition to all this, he served for eight years as a chaplain to the U.S. Marine Corps and was a much beloved and tireless celebrant of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite all over eastern Michigan (and elsewhere prior to that, as far back as the days of the indult).
After being diagnosed with aggressive pulmonary fibrosis, he retired in 2017 from active ministry and teaching to the senior priest residence near Blessed Sacrament Parish in Burton, MI. In God’s mercy, he recovered from the worst symptoms of his condition, which allowed him to resume teaching on an adjunct basis, and to continue the chaplaincy of the Flint Tridentine Mass community to which he had been named in 2016.
He devoted himself to his service to the Orchard Lake Schools campus community over the last 14 years. On September 29, 2019, in the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II, we marked the 50th anniversary celebration of his priestly formation. Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Poland, His Excellency Bishop Artur Miziński, installed him as Honorary Canon of the Archdiocese of Lublin, Poland. It recognized his lifetime of service, celebrated his golden anniversary of ordination, and symbolized his dedication to his teachings in many spiritual capacities including his most recent as Interim Dean of Spiritual Formation at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary, all of which demonstrated his commitment to the formation of good, faithful new priests. As such, he played an integral role in students’ and seminarians’ experiences, encouraging them to maintain substantial foundations and teaching them all to lead their lives in authentic harmony with God’s will.
He had just finished his last semester of teaching just over a week before his passing and had plans for the liturgical celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord in but a few days. Without doubt, he was a faithful worker in the Lord’s vineyard.
Eternal rest grant unto your priest Louis, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him: may he rest in peace. Amen.
In your charity, please remember him in your prayers.