Beloved Deacon Paul Krarup has more than earned his place in the house of his Father. We, Paul’s Prince of Peace parish family, join our hearts in prayer for his extended family, especially son David, as we celebrate his resurrected new life.
Deacon Paul and his wife Lin (d. July 2013) had a rich history with Prince of Peace that demonstrated very faithful lives in Christ. They first arrived in Buford as new parishioners in 1993. In the early 2000’s, Paul was sponsored by Len Sievers to attend a Cursillo weekend. This weekend experience, coupled with his subsequent weekly small faith grouping served to have a significant impact on his faith journey.
Paul and Lin together served in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) ministry with Larry and Ana Maijer offering hospitality during class sessions. At the same time, Paul was active in parish leadership roles and served on the parish council. Sometime after POP moved to Flowery Branch, Paul had several conversations with pastor, Fr. Fred Wendel, referencing the diaconate which would ultimately change his life forever.
Paul began formation for the diaconate in 2009 and the next few years were very busy and challenging for him. A painful jolt occurred in late 2011 when it was discovered that Lin had brain cancer. The pair proceeded with their joint retirements and moved to Flowery Branch in 2012. Lin continued her battle and was joyously able, amidst the tears of those looking on, to help vest Paul at his ordination on February 2, 2013. Interestingly, Paul sought support from POP’s Grief Share ministry when Lin died and was so comforted that he became the ministry’s spiritual advisor until his death.
There were many other ministries that claimed Deacon Paul “as their own”. St. Vincent de Paul was close to Paul’s heart. During his formation years, this ministry was an important social justice choice for his time, again becoming spiritual advisor until now. Deacon Paul rarely missed a monthly Ultreya meeting where he encouraged the Cursillo movement and participated in faith journey sharing. Paul was also a chaplain for 12 of years at NE Georgia hospital, another ministry where he brought solace and communion to so many.
A thoughtful preacher, he was known for his intelligence and dry wit. Love for the meticulous and detail of all things to the end. Many knew of Paul’s great love for the arts, music – he played the guitar, theatre – his fondness of Broadway, art museums. When he needed his space, he might go off on a lengthy bike ride or simply sit quietly on his back porch awaiting the reliable evening visits of God’s peaceful creatures, white-tailed deer.
Seems fitting that Deacon Paul passed on to resurrected life in the Easter Season. He served on Easter Sunday at 6am. God saved the best for last in Paul’s Easter Season of this year. God welcomed him to Himself. God bless you, Deacon Paul. We love you and we will miss your earthly presence.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ignacio Morales
Vigil Service on Thursday, June 9 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Prince of Peace.
Funeral Mass on Friday, June 10 at 11 am, followed by a reception in the Youth Room.
Final Committal after the reception at Memorial Park South in Flowery Branch.