Fr Tarcy Mathias
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: May 14, 1931
  • Date of passing: Sep 14, 2010
Lord within the simplicity of my heart I have given you everything with joy

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved,Fr Tarcy Mathias who was born in Mangalore, India on May 14, 1931 and passed away in Reggio Emilia, Italy on September 14, 2010. In his 79 years on earth Fr Tarcy travelled many paths and made a lot of friends along the way who are very sorry to say goodbye.

You will be remembered forever by all your friends.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Evelyn O'Connor on 15th May 2015

"A man among men
A Priest Among  Priests
Father Tarcy was an inspiration to us all.
He always made us feel we were special to him and I will love him to my dying day.  He is always in my prayers.
God Rest His Soul.  
Please God we will meet again one day.
Keep on smiling Tarcy."

This tribute was added by James Kilbane on 14th May 2015

"Fr. Tarcy, today we all remember you and how you touch all our lives and you still do. Thank you today and thank God!  James Kilbane"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 14th May 2015

"Tarcy, I can't believe it is almost five years since your departure. Hope all is well in heaven. We are still celebrating your arrival on earth. Love and best wishes. M"

This tribute was added by Margaret Looney on 19th October 2014

"SUNDAY, 2nd November, 2014 at 7pm -   Dublin - Ireland
Calling all friends in the locality, of Fr Tarcy
A Mass in memory of Fr Tarcy R.I.P will be celebrated at St Mary of The Angels Church,The Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin 7.               All are welcome.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.""

This tribute was added by Evelyn O'Connor on 14th September 2014

"My husband Eddie and I met Fr Tarcy on our first visit to Turkey, in April 2003, at Mass at Meryemana. We loved it so much that we bought a house in Kusadasi in our first week!!!
The Mass we attended at Meryemana was a truly memorable experience for us both.  Fr Tarcy was such a spiritual person and he conveyed the true meaning of the Mass to all.
My husband Eddie was always planning our return flight back to Turkey before we even left, we loved the chats after Mass, sitting in the sunshine, drinking coffee and watching Tarcy enjoying the social gathering of his flock. I will treasure the memories of his beautiful smile and the laughter in his twinkling eyes.  There is a wonderful community spirit about the place.
I remember a particular Mass where Tarcy talked of different religions and he said, very strongly, that a religion should unite people and not divide, also it was wrong to try to take a faith away from someone, under the guise of conversion, that would not be a true religion! The most important thing, he said, is HOW a person lives his life an HOW he treats his neighbour.  We should celebrate our similarities not our differences.  Often he referred to the crowds of Muslims who visit and how they showed a great devotion to Our Lady. He was truly a man of God and a great example to us all..

Tarcy inspired all who listened and will be remembered by many thousands.God Rest his Soul.

Sadly my husband Eddie passed away 2 years after fr Tarcy but no doubt he will be carrying on with the chats with Fr Tarcy and Liam, they were great friends.

God Rest their Souls and Bless all who need our prayers.

Evelyn OConnor"

This tribute was added by maria anderson on 14th September 2014

"We all love and miss you! The candle in our hearts and memories is forever lit!"

This tribute was added by T Reddy on 24th April 2014

"Father Tarcy, my friend, continues to bless us and feed us spiritually through his words, as quoted in the article referenced below.

“We must find a common spirit between us. Everyone is a brother or sister so we must treat each other like that. Consider the humanity of one, discover the oneness of your spirit and not let your religion divide you,” Father Tarcy said.

The House of the Virgin Mary: A place that unites all
By Gözde Aslantaş & Natalie Lyubomirsky
EPHESUS, Oct. 9, 2007 (www.turkishdailynews.com.tr)


This tribute was added by Nasim Ansari on 13th January 2014

"I remember meeting Fr. Mathias back on Dec. 31, 1999 for midnight mass at  Mary's House on the millenium. He was a gentle and gracious presence and made me promise to come back and visit again and wanted to keep in touch. I promised him I would visit him again and returned in 2008, only he was ill at the time and missed him by a few days. My biggest regret was not being able to see him again like I promised him. His warmth is greatly missed."

This tribute was added by James Kilbane on 15th September 2013

"Fr. Tarcy, Often remembered and always close.  James"

This tribute was added by Margaret Looney on 13th September 2013

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis Fr Tarcy.   Memorial Mass for you on 1st November, 2013 - All Saints Day.  Time: 1930hrs                           St Mary of the Angels Capuchin Church, Church St, Dublin 7, Ireland.     Music by James Kilbane.   All Welcome - let's gather then."

This tribute was added by Alison Stendahl on 7th July 2013

"Father Tarcy - you were a man who exemplified the best of the Christian faith. Your spirit was strong and your heart was pure. You cared about everyone around you and touched so many of us I. Every unique and special ways. You are missed. May you continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by errol moraes on 14th May 2013

"Dear Fr. Tarcy - you were a father figure to me right from my adolescent days and i will always cherish your love, affection and guidance. I miss talking to you and listening to your words of wisdom and advice. You were a blessing to our family and we greatly miss you. I know that you are interceding for us from heaven above. we truly miss you!"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 14th May 2013

"Dear Fr Tarcy, I have just returned from Turkey and miss you every time I visit. Blessed your memory with Meryemana's holy water. Lots of love on your birthday. Margaret"

This tribute was added by Evelyn O'Connor on 14th May 2013

"My dear Fr Tarcy, I miss you with an ache in my heart but I remember with joy and thanksgiving the spiritual homilies you gave at Mass,you preached and lived the Gospels. You renewed our faith as we listened to your every word.  Please intercede for Eddie who followed you 3/3/2012 you can continue your chats celebrating your birthdays together Eddie's 13th May. God Bless you both x x x x"

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 14th May 2013

"On this your birthday I miss being able to pick up the phone for your words of wisdom , you are so sadly missed ! I hope your looking after my father in law who passed away in November . Happy birthday fr Tarcy x"

This tribute was added by James Kilbane on 8th February 2013

"Dear Fr. Tarcy,

You are often close, in thought and prayer.  Thank you for your friendship, prayers and guideance.  Forever in my memory.  God bless.


This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 28th September 2012

"Fr Tarcy. My life  was enriched by your friendship and thoughts are always with you. xx"

This tribute was added by Edwin Colaco on 14th September 2012

"Fr. Tarcy, I thank you today for your person so kind and compassionate. I miss you so much! I know, you are there with me."

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 14th September 2012

"Can't believe it's been 2 years since you passed away miss you more and more every day fr Tracy x"

This tribute was added by Margaret Looney on 12th September 2012

"Friday, 14 September,2012      Evening Mass at 1930.  St Mary of the Angels,  Church St, Dublin 7, Ireland. Celebrant Fr Terence Harrington OFM Cap.          Music James Kilbane and Deirdre Doyle.                              
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis Fr Tarcy. All welcome"

This tribute was added by Michele Gomes on 17th July 2012

"Fr. Tarcy Mathias was the most graceful man I ever connected with.  He approached me outside of the House of Mary in Ephesus, Turkey.  Invited me back inside the sacred house and offered me prayer cards to take back with me to Seattle, Washington USA.  I gave many of them to the Benedictine Nuns. His brilliance, gracefulness and generous nature continue to inspire me. Much Love and Peace!"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 13th June 2012

"Belated birthday thoughts Fr Tarcy. You are gone but will never be forgotton.xx"

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 14th May 2012

"Not a day goes past that I don't think about you .you still help me through bad time x love and miss you fr tarcey"

This tribute was added by Monique Schoenmakers-Missir on 14th September 2011

"We are missing you dearest Father Tarcy; I will never forget the gift of God to have made me met with you; you have been a light in my most difficult times in my life.I feel and I believe that you are next to me and my family spiritually.Thank you so much Father Tarcy.God Bless."

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 14th September 2011

"Still miss you and think of you everyday.you got me through the worst time of my life, thankyou for everything x im so blessed to have known you. Gone but never forgotin, love from anne"

This tribute was added by valerie o connor on 11th August 2011

"god rest his soul,beautiful soul,had the honour for our family of father tarcy officiating at my sisters wedding at our lady,s house in ephesus.pray for us dear father tarcy"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 15th May 2011

"Thinking of you on your birthday Fr Tarcy. Just found a beautiful letter you wrote to me in June 2008. Love and very fond memories. Margaret"

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 14th May 2011

"happy 80th birthday fr tarcey,you are sadly missed ....sarioglu family"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 24th January 2011

"The feast of the Holy Family was on January 6th. I celebrated this with you three years ago Fr Tarcy and will always remember you on that day. I'm sure your family around the world are still thinking of you and praying for you. Love and thanks. Margaret"

This tribute was added by Glynnis Taylor on 26th October 2010

"Father Tarcy, I cannot express how sad I was to learn that you had passed; you did not know how your kind and gentle disposition, your wonderful homilies led me running back to Holy Mother Church. Masses will be said in my home Parish of Our Lady and St Hubert with St Wulstan, Gt Harwood, Lancashire in thanksgiving for the treasure you gave back to me. I'll remember you in my prayers. Glynnis"

This tribute was added by anne sarioglu on 11th October 2010

"my dear friend fr tarcey ,a saint on earth,you helped me through the hardest time in my life...for this i will never forget you..it`s nice to know we have you as an angel looking over us rest in peace now xx  anne"

This tribute was added by Margaret Looney on 9th October 2010

"A Mass in memory of Fr Tarcy will be celebrated at St Mary of The Angels Church,The Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin 7 on Tuesday, 12th October, 2010.  All are welcome.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis."

This tribute was added by Joseph Thornberry on 27th September 2010

"He was a wonderful Capuchin friar. St Francis would have been proud of him. He clearly preached the Gospel and 'sometimes used words' as St Francis would say. The world was richer with him in it. I'd imagine he'll keep on working from heaven."

This tribute was added by Edwin Colaco on 24th September 2010

"Edwin Colaco lit a candle on Sept 23, 2010.

Tarcy, you had been my brother, friend, guide and mentor. Intercede for me from your place in heaven. For me you are alive. Love to you."

This tribute was added by irwin Britto on 19th September 2010

"Irwin, Lorraine, ian, & Craig lit a candle on 19th September 2010
"Fr Tarcy we are sorry to say Goodbye to you, hearing the news about you our heart aches pains us, you left us the good & sound memory which will not be easily wiped out in years to come, we'll keep you in our daily prayers. God Bless"

This tribute was added by Margaret Scully on 18th September 2010

"Tarcy,I'm so sad to bid you farewell but I'm sure you will have a wonderful journey in heaven, free from all the aches and pains, worries and pressures that dominated your latter years among us. Meryemana flourished with your presence and I'm sure Mother Mary is waiting in heaven to give you a big hug and welcome you into her arms. Love & thanks for all your prayers,letters & Irish Mist! Margaret"

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

Click on a photo to enlarge.

This memorial is administered by:

Margaret Scully


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!