RIP David Power

I am Louis Studer, OMI, Superior of the Oblate community in Washington DC where David Power has been living the past couple years. A couple weeks ago, David had surgery for cancerous tumors on his liver. The surgery seemed to get all the tumors but because of complications of breathing due to a lung problem, David died this afternoon [June 19th] at 4:20 p.m. The funeral Mass will likely be this Monday morning in the crypt of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, at 10:30 a.m. with wake at 9 a.m. also in the crypt.

Please let anyone else know whom you know would appreciate receiving this news.

David was a great gift of God to the Oblates, to the academic community, to his family, and to anyone who ever had the privilege of meeting him.

Louis Studer, OMI


May he rest in peace.






  1. As one who benefited both by personal conversation with and exploring the writings of David Power, I am saddened that this exemplary scholar will no longer grace us with his acute insights and pastoral sensitivity. I pray, however, that he may now experience the heavenly liturgy in all its fullness after having spent so many years studying and teaching it. May the angels lead him into Paradise….

  2. We have lost one of the most authentic and creative voices in sacramental theology and liturgical theology from the post WWII era. His work, his writings have been part of my theological landscape since novitiate, back in the late 60’s.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. I heard recently about the recurrence of his illness in a calm e-mail from David and was greatly saddened by the news. His tranquillity will have helped him to face the great mystery of the passage from death to life. Some of his colleagues in the wonderful years at CU may not have known, as we did in Ireland, about the hardship he underwent, and calmly faced, in his earlier years because of his creative writings. He well deserves now the rewards of his labours. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

  4. David taught a semester at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara, KwaZulu-Natal in the late 80’s. I was privileged to be one of his students then. I particularly remember one searing comment with regard to the misplaced piety of another student which still shapes my own celebration of the eucharist. He was always present to the heavenly banquet in his thought and teaching , may he now be present at it.

  5. He was an amazing scholar and a demanding professor. I am grateful his suffering has ended, and saddened that he is no longer among us. May he rest in peace.

  6. David was a man for whom Eucharist was a constant, his sacramental compass; an eternal well-spring from which he drew his life. He was a missionary with a vision … one which he was still sharing with us today at his funeral via the homily so skillfully prepared by Fr. George Kirwin, OMI. It truly captured the life of David N. Power. Those of us who benefited from studying and/or working with him were blessed. May his memory live on in his works and those whose lives he touched. David was a servant of Christ, a steward of the mysteries of God.

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