Beloved celebratory deacon dies of COVID-19

The pandemic has claimed the lives of a respected deacon and figure in the communities of Tampa Bay and Orlando. Larry Migliorato’s ministry extended to Polk and Osceola counties, where he cared for the sick, the hungry, the homeless and the homeless.

He has provided spiritual support to the terminally ill as a palliative care chaplain in Polk County and for the past five years has been a deacon at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in celebration.

His homilies focused on living the Christian faith through deeds rather than words – something he knew from years of experience.

“He was one of those people who needed to fix things. It was his calling, to make things work, and he did,” said Pastor Corpus Christi. Richard Trout. “Those who were sick, those who were locked up, those who couldn’t go out and move around. He would make a lot of visits.”

He was ordained a Catholic deacon in Illinois, but moved to Florida for milder winters to protect his health because he had a weakened immune system.

He was fully vaccinated but was among the small percentage of vaccines who caught a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

And with a weakened immune system and other underlying health issues, he was in a much lower percentage at risk for serious illness, and he couldn’t recover.

“He was a real family man. I think we men don’t always like to show our tender side, but I think Larry almost couldn’t help it,” the father said. said the trout. “He could be as tough as anyone, but he had a very soft and kind side, and it developed throughout his life. It improved his marriage and his family and also improved his ministry. ”

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