MOTTO, Brother Anthony, a brother of the Brothers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Steubenville. He was 75 years old.
Brother Anthony was born Philip Richard Motto on July 13, 1937, in Toronto, Ohio to George and Anna (Shargo) Motto.
He entered the community of the Brothers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the only diocesan community of men (founded 1948), committed to Christ with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, on January 29, 1959, and made his final profession September 8, 1965.
Brother Anthony began his service to the Diocese of Steubenville in the chancery in September 1, 1960, and served untiringly for nearly 51 years. He retired from active ministry June 30, 2011. He also served as novice master and director of vocations for the Brothers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and worked at Holy Name Cathedral for a number of years.
He served as Superior of Our Lady of the Hills Monastery in Steubenville (1967-71), as the manager of Seton House, Toronto, a home for retired priests, and as pastoral associate of St. Joseph and St. Francis Parishes in Toronto, Ohio. He is probably most known for his service as Master of Ceremonies to which he was appointed by our first bishop, the late John King Mussio in 1972, and subsequently served as MC for three more bishops, the late Albert H. Ottenweller, Gilbert I. Sheldon and R. Daniel Conlon.
Brother Anthony was a graduate of the Total Ministry Program (1985), an education program sponsored by the Diocese. In 1990, Brother Anthony was the recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, given for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Papacy.
In addition to his parents, Brother Anthony is preceded in death by three sisters, Florence Ontko, Mary Ontko and Dorothy Toucher and five brothers: George, Steven, Martin, Vincent and Lawrence. He is survived by one sister, Margaret Porter of Steubenville and several nieces and nephews.
Brother Anthony was present with past bishops and served at the Confirmations of thousands of the people in our diocese. His humble and unassuming manner were always reflective of the Father's gentle care for us. He will be missed by all who knew him.
As we entrust our brother Anthony to the loving care of our Heavenly Father we remember the words of sacred scripture, "Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Mt. 25: 34). May he rest in eternal peace.
Calling hours will be at Holy Name Cathedral on Sunday, January 13 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral. A vigil service will be celebrated at 5 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 14 at 11 a.m. with Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton as celebrant and Bishop Roger J. Foys as homilist.
Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Steubenville.
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