John DiDomenico, right, a parishioner of Nativity Parish for more than 30 years, portrays the apostle Andrew as he has his feet washed by fellow parishioner Patrick Sullivan, portraying Jesus. DiDomenico died April 29.

John DiDomenico, right, a parishioner of Nativity Parish for more than 30 years, portrays the apostle Andrew as he has his feet washed by fellow parishioner Patrick Sullivan, portraying Jesus. DiDomenico died April 29.

By Jennifer Mauro | Associate Editor

For six years, John DiDomenico considered it an honor to be part of his parish’s production of “The Living Last Supper” – so much so, that not even wearing a chemotherapy pump could keep him from performing in the play roughly two years ago.

“I learn more and gain more every time I do it … intellectually, but most importantly, spiritually,” he said in an April 11 video interview with The Monitor during the Holy Week performance in Nativity Parish, Fair Haven.

DiDomenico, who portrayed the apostle Andrew, died April 29, just 17 days after the performance.

“He saved up every bit of energy in his body to perform as Andrew the Bringer, delivering his two-minute soliloquy each night. He was amazing and left everything on the altar during his three performances,” said DiDomenico’s friend and fellow parishioner Patrick Sullivan, who portrayed Jesus in the play.

“John showed us the way of life. We are all better to have known and loved John,” Sullivan said.

DiDomenico, a parishioner for more than 30 years, had been facing health challenges the past few years. “The Living Last Supper” actors had personally dedicated the April 10-12 performances to DiDomenico.

“John's strong resolve to deal with his cancer strengthened my faith and allowed me to develop a better sense of life itself. He left me with a desire to want to be better,” said parishioner Joe DiLustro, who played Peter in the show.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 2 at Nativity church. In honor of  DiDomenico, donations may be made to the Monmouth County Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk - Support Team JohnD.

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