July 20, 2017: 5th Anniversary of Our Son Andrew’s Death

In the early morning of July 20th, 2012, our son Andrew was struck by a car and killed while walking along a rural highway in Indiana while taking part in a Crossroads cross country pro-life walk from San Francisco to Washington D.C. May he rest in peace.

I’m writing today because of something remarkable, something I would never have even dreamt of: a friend of Andrew’s, a retired fireman who taught him as a small child in faith formation classes at Queen of All Saints parish and prayed with him on occasion in front of the local Planned Parenthood, will be filing the paperwork with the diocese to petition to get Andrew declared a Servant of God.


Andrew, taking a break on his Crossroads walk. 

5 years after death is the minimum required waiting period. As his father, I am far too close to make any sort of judgement at all either way. All I know is that Jim – that’s the gentleman doing the paperwork, who is a very good man – seemed to get pretty enthusiastic responses when he talked to people who knew Andrew, and that his confessor for the last few years of his life sought us out to tell us we had nothing to worry about over the state of his soul. So I ask for your prayers that God’s will be done.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

10 thoughts on “July 20, 2017: 5th Anniversary of Our Son Andrew’s Death”

  1. Wow, that is remarkable. However it comes out, it says a lot about your son that someone even thought to file the paperwork.

    1. I was and remain shocked. Jim tells stories about asking a room full of 8 year olds a question about the faith, and getting the sorts of answers you’d expect, until Andrew, sheepishly and with a tear in his eye, would say something a theologian or mystic might say. I knew nothing about this at the time.

      Anyway, Jim has been working on this for years, and only asked us about it a year or so ago, to make sure we didn’t want to do it and to get all the documents (they want everything!) from us. He evidently decided to do this shortly after Andrew died.

  2. Joyous news! I will be offering a rosary for the Moore family today. However things progress, know that your son’s example, and yours, has been useful to my family. God Bless you.

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