Rev. Edwards-Komarc, founding pastor St. Katharine leases space in warehouse
By Jean-Paul Renaud
April 23, 2006
The Rev. Paul Edwards-Komarc, whose creativity turned a warehouse in Weston's industrial park into an inviting parish for hundreds of worshipers, died early Saturday morning of a brain tumor. He was 52.
Rev. Edwards-Komarc was the founding pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, a young parish still leasing space in an industrial area.
"It's a unique task," said the Rev. Mark Heuberger, pastor of St. Andrew Church in Cape Coral. "Not every priest gets the opportunity to be a founding pastor."
In a final message, Rev. Edwards-Komarc told his congregation that he was proud of the progress his new church had made.
"During these past months I was concerned about the condition of the parish and how I was going to complete my mission of building a church," he wrote in a letter that was shared with his congregation over Easter weekend. "I can rest well knowing that the parish family of St. Katharine Drexel is the finest church I could have imagined."
Less than a year ago, a tumor was found in Rev. Edwards-Komarc's brain. Since January, he had been unable to return to his church.
"Be comforted in the fact that I am at peace with God's plan for me," he wrote to his church. "I know who I am, what I am about and where I am going."
Rev. Edwards-Komarc was born in Ohio but grew up in Hialeah, where he picked up Spanish quickly. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Miami in 1983. His first Mass was celebrated at St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach just one day later.
His longtime friends say that it was his ability to bridge cultural divides that made him so popular among worshipers.
"It was almost like having the capability of two priests," said Heuberger, who has known him for three decades. "People had said to him, `Do you ever ask, why me?' and he said, `why not me? Why should I be any different than anyone else to be spared such a serious illness.'"
Rev. Edwards-Komarc is survived by his parents, Geraldine and Jim Davis and Frank and Diane Edwards, and his sisters Audrey Kramer and Claudia Edwards.
Visitation is at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 2700 Glades Circle, #200, Weston, on Tuesday, beginning at 2 p.m., with Vigil Service at 7 p.m. There will be a Morning Prayer on Wednesday at the Cathedral of St. Mary, 7525 NW Second Ave. in Miami, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a viewing until 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, Miami.
In lieu of flowers, Rev. Edwards-Komarc requested donations be made to St. Katharine Drexel Parish Building Fund.
Jean-Paul Renaud can be reached at email@example.com or 954-356-4556.
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April 22, 2006
You will probably read about it in the herald, but Fr. Paul Edwards (High School class of 1972/College 1974) died this morning from Brain Cancer. I believe the funeral will be at the Cathedral. Would you post on website?
From the Archdiocese web site. The Archdiocese of Miami