Robert Charles Susil, M.D., Ph.D., died this evening at age 35. The bleeding in his lungs had become so intense this morning that there was nothing further that medicine could do. Gwyneth was with him when he died, as she has been with him in a most heroic way throughout this illness.
Thank you for your prayers for Rob, for Gwyneth, for their son, William, and for the Susil and Weigel families: John and Agnes Susil, Rob’s parents; his brother Chris and his sister Rebecca; Joan, Monica, and Stephen Weigel. Your solidarity has been deeply appreciated.
Rob was an extraordinary young man – a man of character, intelligence, faith, professional commitment and skill, humor, and love. We commend his soul to God, in the confidence that the prayers of these past twenty-two months, and particularly those offered so intensely in the past week, have not been in vain, but have opened channels of grace and healing of which we cannot be aware.
Because of the dramatic weather situation in the Baltimore-Washington area this weekend, it will not be possible to complete wake and funeral Mass arrangements until Monday, 8 February; I can tell, you, however, that the funeral Mass will be celebrated in Baltimore at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the likeliest days being Wednesday or Thursday. I shall send out another bulletin with precise information when arrangements are completed.
Once again, my thanks for your concern, support, and solidarity in prayer.
Go forth, O Christian soul, out of this world:
In the Name of God the Father Almighty who created you;
In the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord who redeemed you;
In the Name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you.
May your rest be this day in peace and your dwelling in holy Zion.
Into you hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Robert.
Acknowledge him, we humbly beseech you, as a sheep of your own fold,
a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.