Father Borca, a hermit, dies

Father Dennis Borca, a consecrated hermit of the Archdiocese of Louisville, died last weekend at his home in New Haven, Ky. He was 73.

Father Borca spent many years as a Franciscan Friar and was a retired priest of Sacred Heart Church, Munising, Mich. He spent the past eight years in Nelson County working in supply ministry with area churches. Survivors include cousins, Daniel Nolan of Denver, Colo., and Karen Borca of New York City; and an aunt, Dora Nolan of Stevens Point, Wisc.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on July 5 at 11 a.m. by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Ky. Burial wil be at the Abbey of Gethsemani.

Memorial contributions may be made to the  American Heart Association.

*Updated July 25 to include names of living relatives of Father Borca. The obituary previously stated that Father Borca had no living relatives.

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6 replies on “Father Borca, a hermit, dies”
  1. says: danerdman

    Dennis…although your obit does not list any living relatives, please know that you had a multitude of brothers & sisters who loved you, from near and far. I hope I can be considered one of them.
    -Dan Erdman

  2. says: Karen Borca

    The living relatives who survive Fr. Dennis Borca OFM are shocked and in a state of disbelief, that in the age of the information highway we were not notified of his passing or his burial service!! We are deeply saddened.

    1. says: The Record

      We printed the information that was provided to us. We plan to run a correction about the many living relatives of Father Borca including yourself, a cousin Daniel Nolan and an aunt Dora Nolan. We are sorry for the mistake.

      1. says: heckel_b@yahoo.com

        Thank you for responding. There are more than just myself,Dan, George, their mother Dora (Dennis’ 100 year old Aunt and only 1st generation Borca living). There are 15 1st cousins or so that I can think of off the top of my head. Although Dennis was an only child as am I he came from a huge family structure. His father Palmero was one of 7 siblings and 1st generation Borcas in this country.
        The thing which is so saddening is not that our names were omitted but that we were unable to attend his services. In any case it’s pretty easy to go on ancestors.com to see if someone has family. Also I might add, as I included in a longer statement which probably wasn’t printed because of it’s length, that there is a tomb stone in Northern Wis. with Dennis’ name on it along with his parents’ names. Dennis put that there. If the person who gave you the information didn’t know he had a huge family possibly he didn’t know that Dennis wanted to be buried in Northern Wis. with his parents.
        In any case, thank you for responding to my post. I can understand that you printed the information you received. Who gave you that information,by the way? I would like to know if possible. I was almost feeling like our names had been stricken from the book of life.
        Best Regards
        Karen Borca
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