The Rev. Andrew F. Giardino, part of a vibrant ministry that revived a downtown Hartford church, died July 30 at 86. A Franciscan friar, he had served St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church for more than 25 years and was known for his humility and compassion.
He continued celebrating Mass at the Church Street church until earlier this year, and died at the St. Mary Home in West Hartford.
"He died with his boots on, with the people he loved the most," said the Rev. Jerome Massimino, a former colleague.
Both priests arrived at St. Patrick-St. Anthony when it was a "dying parish," recalled Massimino, who became the pastor in 1990. The churches had recently...