Reverend (Fr.)Neil Roderick McKenna
Born in: Antigonish, Friday, September 2nd, 1949
Passed Away: Antigonish, Saturday, 1st August, 2015
Reverend Father Neil Roderick McKenna died suddenly in Antigonish on Saturday, August 1st, 2015. Born in Antigonish he was the son of the late Neil and Christena (Boyd) McKenna. He was educated in Antigonish and Mabou, graduated from St.FX. with a B.A and B.Ed and he studied at Saint Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto. He was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish having been ordained in 1984. He served as a priest in Larry’s River and several parishes in Cape Breton and for the last number of years he was involved in Hospital Pastoral Ministry, first in Halifax at the QE2, then at the Cape Breton Regional and finally at St. Martha’s, Antigonish, retiring from this ministry in 2014. His Hospital ministry took him to people when they were most vulnerable and he always reached out to them with compassion and understanding, providing comfort in their most difficult hours. Further, he was recognized as a gifted homilist and teacher whose words inspired and challenged his listeners. At the time of his death he was the Chaplain at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Martha. He had a life long passion for Pipe Band Drumming. In 1974 he took a leave of absence from teaching and spent a year in Scotland receiving instruction from Jim Kilpatrick MBE and Tom Brown, two of the world’s greatest band drummers. He was instructor and lead drummer of the Antigonish Legion Pipe Band that won several North American Championships and placed 3rd at the World Pipe Band Championship in Grade 2 in 1976. During his time as a priest he continued to teach drumming. In 2013 he was inducted into the Antigonish Highland Games Hall of Fame. Before going to study in the seminary Fr. Neil taught High School English in Antigonish and is remembered fondly by many of his former students.
He is survived by his sister in law Dr. Patricia McKenna; his nieces and nephews, of which he was very proud, Jennifer (Anthony) Polson, Patrick (Krista) McKenna, Stephen McKenna, Matthew (Sarah) McKenna, Caroline McKenna and Emily McKenna. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother Boyd. A special thank you for the Sisters of Saint Martha for there support and kindness to Neil, and to his brother priests particularly Fr. Ralph McKay. Thank you to the medical community of St. Maratha’s Hospital especially Dr. Bill Booth and Dr. Mary Gorman.
Visitation will take place at the Motherhouse Sisters of St. Martha starting on Tuesday, August 4th at 2:00 pm with a Bible Vigil at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be from Saint Ninian’s Cathedral on Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 am with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding and Diocesan clergy concelebrating.
Reverend (Fr.)Malcolm MacDonell
Born in: Hillsdale, Inverness County, January 15th, 1919
Passed Away: Antigonish, 25th July, 2015
Reverend Malcolm MacDonell died at St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish, July 25th, 2015. An exemplary priest and academic of the Diocese of Antigonish, Father MacDonell was born January 15, 1919 in Hillsdale, Inverness County, son of the late William and Sarah (MacEachern) MacDonell. He received his early education at St. Ninian School and Port Hood Academy before enrolling at St. F.X. University from which he graduated with honors in 1938. Father MacDonell received his theological training at St. Basil Seminary, Toronto, and was ordained there on May 26, 1945, by Most Reverend Ildebrando Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate to Canada.
Father MacDonell was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1945 and later did further studies at Queen’s University and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. In 1959 he combined post graduate work with an appointment as Rector of St. Pius X Seminary in Ottawa. His tenure as a teacher and administrator at St. F.X. University, however, was where his ministry as a priest was exercised to the fullest. He joined the faculty of the University after his ordination as a member of the history department and taught until 1964 when he was appointed Dean of Arts. Over the years he had combined his teaching with assignments as Alumni Director, Dean of Men, and Spiritual Director. As Dean of Arts he was instrumental in bringing about curriculum changes in the Faculty of Arts, making the program a more flexible and adaptable curriculum.
In 1970, Father MacDonell was appointed President of St. F.X. University and remained in that position for eight years. He led the University through some of the most difficult years in its history when student dissent disrupted the campus, and when government economics made grants to universities more difficult to acquire. His personal relationship with students, parents, staff and visitors helped to maintain and enhance the University’s reputation for warm hospitality and personal interest in staff and students. He was the essence of what St. F.X. stands for and a staunch advocate of "whatsoever things are true". He received much recognition from both the secular world and the academic community. He was one of only two Churchmen appointed by the Federal Government to the Canadian Centennial Conference; was chairman of the Association of Atlantic Universities; was a founding member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He was a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, was awarded Doctor of Laws Degrees from St. Thomas, St. F.X. and Memorial Universities and a Doctor of Letters Degree from University College of Cape Breton. Throughout his life Father MacDonell maintained a love for and interest in the Gaelic language - the medium of some of his finest and most humorous oratory.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Alex; sister, Annie Gillis, and two brothers in infancy. He is survived by four sisters: Sister Margaret, C.N.D. Sydney, Mary Boyd, Jessie Murphy, Elizabeth, all of Michigan; sister-in-law, Theresa, Judique, and numerous dearly loved nieces and nephews. Visitation at Morrison Hall, St. F.X. Wednesday, July 29th, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and at St. Andrew’s Church, Judique, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am Thursday, July 30th, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding with Diocesan clergy concelebrating. Burial in the Parish Cemetery.
Reverend (Fr.)William F Rankin
Born in: Glace Bay
Passed Away: Glace Bay, 11th July, 2015
Father Bill Rankin passed away peacefully and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on July 11th, 2015 with his loving family and friends at his side. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Bert and Kathleen (MacGillivray) Rankin. Bill attended St. Anne’s School for his entire schooling; starting from primary to elementary, then junior high to high school, which culminated in June of 1955 with his graduation from high school. In addition to being an outstanding scholar and senior class president, he was a multi-talented athlete; playing rugby, hockey, basketball and was a member on several championship teams. After graduating from senior high, he continued right on to St. Francis Xavier University, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1959 and his B. Ed. in 1960. Bill’s highlight of those years was being a part of the Collegians Singing Quartet and the Varsity 4 St. FX Quartet. He then attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, where he studied for and achieved his Bachelor of Theology Degree. On May 23, 1964, Bill was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish. Fr. Bill’s first appointment as a priest in 1964 was to St. Agnes parish in New Waterford. The following year he was transferred to the Star of the Sea parish in Canso and St. Agnes parish in Little Dover. From 1965-1967 he took the on the triple parishes of St. Joseph’s, Bras d’Or; St. Anne’s, Alder Point; and St. Joachim, South Side Boularderie. During the years 1967-1970, he worked with St. FX Extension Dept. in the field of co-op housing, and he also worked in Immaculate Heart parish, Mira Road, Sydney. In 1970 he taught English at Park Junior High, Sydney, for one year and was later appointed to Mount Carmel parish, New Waterford for six years, during which in 1972 he received his Masters of Arts Degree in psychology. In 1976 he attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. for a year studying pastoral ministry. For the next number of years he served in the parishes of Holy Family, MacKay’s Corner; St. Lawrence Parish, Mulgrave; St Francis and St. Francis Harbour, Guysborough County; Christ the King parish, Trenton; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Pictou Landing; at this parish he was greatly honoured to receive from the Mi’kmaq community there, the title of Honorary Chief and given the name “White Eagle”. His last appointment was at St. Michael’s parish, River Ryan, retiring in 1998 due to health reasons. In all of his parishes he was always very active in their church choirs and their youth groups. Throughout his life, Fr. Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper, enjoying these sports in Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou County and he cherished all the friendships he developed over these years. In his retirement he had several hunting expeditions with his very good friend Bobby McVeigh throughout Canada, the U.S. and the highlight was in the Scottish Highlands. For the last number of years he was still active helping out in parishes in Pictou County. Rev. Bill Rankin will be sadly missed by his loving family; brother Joe (Effie), Coxheath; nephew Bill (Dana) Rankin, and their family Melanie, Alexis and Matthew, from Edmonton, Alta.; niece Lisa (Fadey) Abidaoud and their family Daniel and Renee, from Doha, Qatar. He will also be missed by cousins and numerous friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant sister, Margaret Mary. Visitation for Fr. Bill Rankin will be held Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., in V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay. A prayer vigil will be held at St. Anne’s Church, Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at St. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay, with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating with priests of the diocece concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the church foyer. Memorial donations in Fr. Bill’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice.
Reverend (Fr.) John Michael McKinnon
Born in: Sydney, 1925
Passed Away: 19th May 2015
Rev. John Michael MacKinnon, 90, died peacefully at Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015. Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late John Ambrose and Agnes (Currie) MacKinnon. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University, he entered Holy Heart Seminary and was ordained on June 3rd, 1950, celebrating his first High Mass on June 18th,1950. Over the years, Fr. John ministered in several parishes throughout the Diocese including Inverness, Mabou, Brook Village, Main-a-Dieu and Westville. He was the diocesan co-ordinator of Pastoral Activities and Director of Gardiner Centre from 1974-79. He then served as pastor of Mount Carmel parish, New Waterford until 1988, and during this time was also Diocesan Vicar General from 1981-1988. He was pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Bridgeport until his official retirement in July 1994. On June 3rd, 2000, at St. Anthony Daniel parish, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Fr. John was loved by his family, friends, and parishioners. His friendly manner endeared him to all. His loving support and caring attitude will be a source of fond memories for all of us. Fr. John is survived by his sister, Mary Morley, Halifax, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Catherine MacDonald and Jessie MacKinnon, and six brothers, Daniel, John A., Alexander, Bernard, Sylvester, as well as Francis in infancy. Visitation for the late Rev. MacKinnon was held on Sunday, May 24th from 2-4 pm at T.W. Curry, Parkview Chapel and vigil at 7 pm, Sunday evening at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church. Funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, May 25nd at 11 am at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church with Fr. Paul Abbass officiating. Interment took place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Reverend (Fr.) Doctor Bernard O'Connor
Born in: North Sydney, NS on 13th March 1951
Passed Away: 10th May 2015
Rev. Dr. Bernard O’Connor died Sunday, May 10th, 2015 in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. He was born on March 13th, 1951 in North Sydney to Cosmas Bernard and Ella Mae (Young) and ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Antigonish at St. Pius X, Sydney Mines on June 24th, 1977 by Most Rev. W.E. Power, Bishop of Antigonish. Rev. O’Connor was educated at St. Francis Xavier University (Bachelor of Arts), Creighton University (Master of Arts), St Paul’s University (M.Div/STB) and the University of Ottawa (MCL/JCL). He served as an assistant pastor at St Theresa Parish, Sydney, for three years and St Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish for one year before being sent for further study to Rome in 1981. Rev. O’Connor completed licentiate and doctorate degrees in sacred theology (systematics) at the Pontifical Gregorian University under the direction of Karl Josef Cardinal Becker, S.J. who would remain Rev. O’Connor’s mentor and lifelong friend. Rev. O’Connor taught at the University of Tennessee for five years where he also received a civil law degree (JD) in 1994 after which he took up a teaching position at Eastern Michigan University where he remained for ten years. In 2004 he was called by Pope John Paul II to Rome where he was appointed as an official in the Congregation for Eastern Churches, completing his appointment in 2010. In 2011, Rev. O’Connor was appointed Chancellor’s Visiting Professor of Law and Humanities at Indiana University (Kokomo). He was at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, Indiana at the time of his death. Numerous awards over the years include an Advanced Negotiation Certificate from Harvard Law School and Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He was twice named Michigan Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Just prior to his passing he was named John Henry Cardinal Newman Professor Emeritus. Rev. O’Connor authored two books and countless articles. He returned home to Sydney Mines each summer to visit his mother and many friends. Reverend Bernie O'Connor is survived by his mother Mrs. Ella Mae O'Connor, Sydney Mines. He was predeceased by his father Cosmas Bernard O'Connor in 1979. Visitation was held at J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, Sydney Mines on Sunday, May 17th, from 2-4pm. Vigil was held on Sunday evening at Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines at 7pm with visitation from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 2pm on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Bishop Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish presiding and priests of the Diocese of Antigonish concelebrating. Interment took place in the parish cemetery.
Reverend (Fr.)(Monsignor/Commodore/General)James Anthony MacLean
Born in: Bay St. Lawrence, NS on 19th February 1918
Passed Away: 31st January 2015
Father James MacLean passed away on Jan. 31, 2015 at Glace Bay Hospital. He was born on February 19th, 1918 in Bay St. Lawrence, the son of the late Captain James and Alice (Capstick) MacLean. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Frances (Peter) Cooke, Alice (Alex) Cooke, Ingonish, Sr. James Marie, CSM, Evelyn Rita, Mary Evelyn (Og) Walsh, his brothers, Neil, Tom and Rev. Father Murdock (St.F.X.). Left to mourn are his brother-in-law, Sydney ‘Og’ Walsh, Sydney and many nieces and nephews. Father Jim received his early and high school education in Bay St. Lawrence before graduating from St. F.X. in 1938. He then began his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, where he was ordained to priesthood in 1943. From 1943–1951, Fr. Jim ministered in parishes throughout the Diocese including St. Theresa’s, Sydney, St. Peter’s in Cheticamp, St. George’s Church in Georgeville and Holy Cross Church in Pomquet. He enlisted in the Navy in 1951, served in the Korean War and retired from the Services in 1975 with the title of Commodore General. Part of his duties included being lowered to ships from helicopters as he continued with God’s work. He served on many ships including the Magnificent, where he sailed to many ports all over the world. He was also proud to be an honorary member of the Cape Breton Retired Naval Veterans. Fr. Jim became a Monsignor (Pope Paul VI) in April, 1970. From 1975, Fr. Jim’s pastoral appointments in the Diocese of Antigonish included St. Margaret’s Parish, Grand Mira and St. Mary’s Polish Church, Whitney Pier. After retiring in 1989, he assisted at St. Peter’s Church, Ingonish and St. Anne’s, Glace Bay. He also provided Christian services wherever he was needed and also celebrated mass at the Cove Guest Home in Sydney. Fr. Jim spent many days in his beloved family home playing crib, fishing with his brother, Tom and cooking up a good scoff for many friends and family. Fr. Jim enjoyed a good game of golf and was a former member of Lingan Golf and Country Club and, in later years, joined Alderdale with his friend, Fr. John MacDougall. He lived at Xavier Apartments for a number of years, where he appreciated the great care he received from all the cooks and cleaners and the friendships he made with all the other priests. For the last five months, he resided at Taigh Na Mara and again was very appreciative of the kindness shown to him by the staff and volunteers. He enjoyed the visits of Fr. Sandy MacNeil and Fr. Lloyd Dwyer and all others who dropped in to see him at the nursing home. Fr. Jim’s caring and humble attitude, his kindness and compassion for everyone and his gentle manner will be a source of fond memories for all of us. His friendship was a gift treasured by all. He died with the titles of Commodore General, Chaplain of the Forces and Monsignor but was very happy to be called “Father Jim”. Visitation for the late Fr. MacLean will be held at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 2-5 p.m. The remains will then be transferred to St. Theresa’s Church for a Vigil Service at 7:30 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb 5 at 11 a.m. with the Most Reverend Bishop Brian Dunn officiating assisted by priests in the Diocese. The remains will be transferred at a later date to St. Margaret’s Church in Bay St. Lawrence for a Christian burial. In memory of Father Jim, one can provide an act of kindness to a friend, relative, neighbor, stranger or someone in need.
Reverend (Fr.) William M. Roach
Born in: Scotchtown, NS on 2nd January 1928
Passed Away: 15th January 2015
Reverend William Matthew Roach (January 2nd, 1928 – January 15th, 2015) died peacefully in the An Cala Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, on Jan. 15, 2015, at the age of 87. Born in Scotchtown, he was the son of the late Simon and Mary (MacInnis) Roach. Father Bill graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1950. He entered Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish on June 12, 1954. In the years that followed his ordination, Fr. Bill's notable leadership ability was evident in his role as pastor, spiritual advisor, educator and social activist. His first pastoral assignment took him to St. Anthony Daniel Parish in Sydney and St. Anne's Membertou. After several years, Fr. Bill was appointed to the St. F.X. Extension Department. In 1965, while on study leave from Extension, he obtained a Masters Degree in Sociology from Boston University. For a number of years, he taught Sociology at Xavier College. In 1973 he was granted leave from the Extension Department to work with the Nova Scotia Housing Commission. He was involved with many housing developments in Cape Breton and on the mainland. Uppermost in Fr. Bill's life during all these years was his commitment to economic and social development in Cape Breton, as was witnessed in 1967 when he played a significant role in organizing Sydney's March of Concern to offset the pending steel plant closure. In 1977 Fr. Bill resumed full time pastoral ministry at St. Lawrence parish, Mulgrave. In 1980 he was appointed parish priest at Sacred Heart Church in Sydney, and in 1992 he became parish priest at Immaculate Heart Parish, Mira Road. For health reasons, Fr. Bill retired from active parish ministry in 1998. From that time until his most recent illness, he continued his dedicated life of service among his many friends. In his early years, Fr. Bill greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing; later he became an avid golfer and walker. While his reputation as a "take charge" person followed him throughout his life, Fr. Bill's "behind the scenes" caring and compassion endeared him to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Fr. Bill is survived by his sisters, Ellen (Mrs. James Smith) Gainesville, Florida and Eileen (Sr.Marie Simone CSM), Antigonish, as well as his brother, Bernie (Jackie), Ottawa. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Patricia (Tom), Halifax and Lucille, (Angus) Ottawa and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Catherine, Sadie (Mrs. Joe Gillis), Christina (Sr. Mary Celesta SC) and brothers, Henry, Angus, Tom and Dave. He was also predeceased by sister-in-law, Evelyn (Henry) and brothers-in-law, Joseph Gillis and James Smith. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding. Following the funeral, a reception will be held at St. Theresa's Hall. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
Reverend (Fr.) John A. MacDougall
Born In: Sydney, NS on Thursday, 14th April 1932
Passed Away: 6:30 am, Tuesday, 26th August 2014 - Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility
The death of Rev. John A. MacDougall occurred on August 26th, 2014, at the Harbourstone Enhance Care Facility, Sydney, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Whitney Pier on April 14, 1932, John was the son to the late Roderick and Mary (Buchanan) MacDougall. Fr. John was ordained in 1958 for service in the Diocese of Antigonish. Fr. John was one of “the chosen few”, a group of priests that spread the word of God to those less fortunate in Honduras and Costa Rica. He spent five years in Honduras doing God’s work. Fr. John returned to Cape Breton where he was parish priest in St. Peter’s, North Sydney, Glace Bay, Main-A-Dieu, Baddeck and Ingonish, among other areas. After his retirement, Fr. John continued to serve part-time at various parishes around Sydney. In his earlier years, Fr. John was an accomplished long distance runner. Sports of all kinds were his passion, but golf, tennis and curling were his favorites. Fr. John also enjoyed a good day on the water, sailing with family and friends. He travelled extensively, spoke fluent Spanish, and the Cuban people were his favourite. Fr. John will be missed by his family and his numerous friends. Fr. John MacDougall is survived by his brother, Edward (Margie), Whitney Pier; sister-in-law, Lena, US.A., nieces, Janet and Carla, U.S.A., Joyce, Manila, Philippines and Brenda, Williams Lake, B.C.; nephews, Gordon, Coxheath, Kevin, Ottawa and Trevor, U.S.A., as well as numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Besides his parents, Fr. John was predeceased by his brother, Edmund. By Fr. John’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation for the late Rev. John A. MacDougall will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Thursday, August 28th, 2014, from 2 - 4 pm. The remains will be transferred to Holy Redeemer Church for Vigil Service at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 29th, 2014, at 11 am in Holy Redeemer Church with Bishop Brian J. Dunn and priests of the Diocese of Antigonish con-celebrating. Reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, followed by burial in (New) Calvary Cemetery, Whitney Pier. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. John A. MacDougall may be made to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the healthcare professionals for their love and care, especially those at Waterford Heights and Harbourstone, Kimberly Hall, given to Father John during his time of need.
Reverend (Fr.) Edward MacIsaac
Born In: Glen Alpine
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: May 26th, 2014
Fr. Edward Clement MacIsaac, 84, R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish; died on May 26, 2014 at St. Martha’s Hospital.
Born in Glen Alpine, Antigonish County, he was the son of Angus J. and Mary (MacDonald) MacIsaac.
He attended local schools in the area and graduated from Johnstown Academy, Johnstown, Cape Breton. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1954. Father MacIsaac completed his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax; and was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Mary’s Basilica, Halifax on April 13, 1958 by the late Archbishop Gerald Berry.
Father MacIsaac served as assistant Parish Priest, New Glasgow; Immaculate Conception Parish, Sydney Mines; and Saint Theresa Parish, Sydney. He served as a member of the Halifax Regional Tribunal, Halifax for several years prior to be appointed Dean of Men at St. Francis Xavier University. He served as Parish Priest of St. Peter Parish, Ingonish; Saint Eugene, Dominion; and St. Andrew Parish, St. Andrews. Upon retirement he took up residence at St. Francis Xavier University and later moved to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish.
Father MacIsaac was a very active priest in the Diocese of Antigonish and served on the Council of Priests for three terms, on the Diocesan Personnel Board, and for two terms as a member of the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University.
Father MacIsaac was a much loved, appreciated and highly respected Pastor throughout the years of his service in the priesthood in the Diocese of Antigonish.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by several nephews and nieces: Rob, Phil, Doug (Burlington, Ont.), Chuck (North Bay), Bernard (Iqaluit), Edward (Calgary), Anthony (Timberlea), Jonathan (Ottawa), Michael (Thunder Bay), Mary, Patty, Caron (North Bay), Mary (Halifax), Catherine (Brunei); and sisters-in-law: Rita (Burlington), and Ann (North Bay) and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by brothers: John, Archie, William and Angus R.
The body will rest at Massac’s Funeral Home, Antigonish on Wednesday, May 28th from 2-4 p.m. The remains will be transferred to St. Andrew’s Church, ST. Andrew’s for a Bible Vigil at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. His wake will continue on Thursday morning in St. Andrew’s Church until the time of the funeral at 2 p.m. on Thursday with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding with priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Burial will follow at Saint. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lochaber.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all staff at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home where he resided the past number of years and especially to Nurse Cathy MacPherson. Special thanks to Cousin Ann Marie MacDonald and wonderful friend Fr. John Barry. www.MacIsaacs.ca.
Fr. Errol MacDonald
The death of Rev. J. Errol MacDonald, 68, occurred on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2013, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Glace Bay on July 2, 1945, Errol was the son to the late John R. ‘Dau Blue’ and Catherine (MacKinnon) MacDonald. Errol attended local schools and graduated from St. F.X. in 1965. He taught in the former Glace Bay School system and later the Cape Breton District School system from 1965 to 1985 in MacKay’s Corner, St. Anthony and St. Anne Schools – Glace Bay.
In 1985 he began studies at St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa, Ont., and was ordained in 1989 for service in the Diocese of Antigonish. His first posting was co-pastor at St. Anthony Daniel Parish followed by service as Pastor at Holy Guardian Angels in L’Ardoise and Holy Redeemer, Sydney, for 13 years, retiring in 2011.
From 1970 to 1990, Fr. Errol MacDonald took a great interest in the Scottish and Irish culture of Cape Breton lending his talents as singer at many local events and throughout his priestly ministry endeared himself to many of his parishioners. Fr. Errol MacDonald is survived by his sisters, Anna (Nick) Sinclair, Glace Bay, and Cathy (Dan) Seklecki, Mass., USA, as well as his brother, Jimmie (Helen), Halifax; niece, Lorelle and nephews, Robbie (Lisa), Shamus (Jeslyn), Scott and Matthew; as well as grandnieces, Kate and Ellie and grandnephews, Luke, Tucker and Neil who loved their uncle and granduncle Angie dearly, as he loved them. Fr. Errol was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.
Visitation for the late Rev. J. Errol MacDonald will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 30 from 1-4 p.m.
His body will be transferred to Holy Redeemer Church for Vigil Service at 7 p.m.
Funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church with Bishop Brian J. Dunn and priests of the Diocese of Antigonish con-celebrating. Reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, followed by burial at St. Barra’s Cemetery, Christmas Island. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. J. Errol MacDonald may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund. Special thanks given to Dr. Worth, Dr. Harless, staff of Cancer Centre, Palliative Care and City Homeworkers Continuous Care and all others who visited and care for him. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home. Online condolences may be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com. M’ Anam Do Dhia – My Soul to God
Death of the Most Reverend J. Vernon Fougere, Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown
(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Most Reverend J. Vernon Fougere, Bishop Emeritus of Charlottetown, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown, at the age of 71. Bishop Fougere was born on May 20, 1943, in Petit de Grat, Nova Scotia. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish on May 31, 1969. He served as Bishop of Charlottetown from 1992 to 2009, the year his resignation was accepted by the Holy Father for reasons of health.
Following his ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Fougere served as pastor in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish. From 1972 to 1975, as part of its diocesan mission in Honduras, he served there as a missionary priest, including work with the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa. He also studied and did pastoral ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology in California, and was a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. At the time of his appointment as Bishop of Charlottetown in December 11, 1991, he was the Vicar General of the Diocese of Antigonish. He had been the first priest in the Diocese of Antigonish to serve as Director of Pastoral Services, and had also been Chairman of the Presybteral Council and member of the Personnel Board. He was ordained Bishop of Charlottetown on March 19, 1992, at the Cathedral of Charlottetown.
As member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), Bishop Fougere served as a member and Chairman of the former Commission for Social Communications of the English Sector, and as member of the Sector’s Commission for Christian Education (now the Commission for Catechesis). He had also been the CCCB English Sector delegate on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, and CCCB representative with the National Catholic Broadcasting Council. His funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Dunstan’s Cathedral Basilica, Charlottetown, on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m
Announcement of Bishop Fougere's Death in the Journal Pioneer
Décès de Mgr J. Vernon Fougere, évêque émérite de Charlottetown
(CECC – Ottawa)… Mgr J. Vernon Fougere, évêque émérite de Charlottetown, est décédé le mardi 18 juin 2013, à l’hôpital Queen Elizabeth de Charlottetown, à l’âge de 71 ans. Mgr Fougere est né le 20 mai 1943 à Petit de Grat en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il a été ordonné prêtre pour le diocèse d’Antigonish, le 31 mai 1969. Mgr Fougere a été évêque de Charlottetown de 1992 à 2009, année de sa démission, acceptée par le Saint-Père, pour des raisons de santé. Après son ordination sacerdotale, Mgr Fougere a exercé son ministère dans plusieurs paroisses du diocèse d’Antigonish. De 1972 à 1975, il a œuvré comme prêtre missionnaire au Honduras pour leur mission diocésaine, où il a en outre travaillé avec le Conseil presbytéral de l’archidiocèse de Tegucigalpa. Il a également étudié et fait du ministère au Jesuit School of Theology, en Californie, et a été membre du Conseil d'administration de l’Université Saint-François Xavier à Antigonish, en Nouvelle-Écosse. Au moment de sa nomination à titre d’évêque de Charlottetown, le 11 décembre 1991, il était vicaire général du diocèse d’Antigonish. Il a été le premier prêtre du diocèse d’Antigonish à servir comme directeur des services pastoraux, en plus d’avoir été président du Conseil presbytéral et membre du bureau du personnel. Son ordination épiscopale a eu lieu le 19 mars 1992 en la cathédrale de Charlottetown. Alors qu’il était membre de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada, Mgr Fougere a été membre et président de l’ancienne Commission épiscopale pour les communications sociales du Secteur anglais, de même que membre de l’ancienne Commission sectorielle pour l’éducation chrétienne (aujourd’hui la Commission pour la catéchèse du Secteur anglais). De plus, il agit à titre de délégué du Secteur anglais de la CECC au Conseil national de l’Organisation catholique canadienne pour le développement et la paix et représentant de la CECC auprès du National Catholic Broadcasting Council. Ses funérailles a été célébrée en la basilique cathédrale St. Dunstan, à Charlottetown, le vendredi 21 juin, à 13 h 30.
Rev. Dr. Donald Campbell, MC
Born In: Sydney
Passed on: April 29th, 2013
Father Donald Campbell, 88, passed away on April 29, 2013 at Harbourstone residence.
A native of Sydney, Father Donald Fraser Campbell was the son of the late Judge Andrew Campbell and Pearl Curry. After graduating from St. F.X. University, he studied theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was ordained on June 12, 1949. He returned to C.U.A. where he obtained a doctorate in education. He taught education and psychology at St. F.X., where he eventually became Dean of Arts.
From St. F.X., he returned to Sydney to become principal of Xavier College, where he quickly became involved in the movement to establish a university in Cape Breton. When this came to fruition he was the founding president of the University College of Cape Breton, serving two terms as president before returning to the classroom to teach Psychology.
As first president, he oversaw a significant building program and steered the new university through its early development. Several of his signature pieces include the art gallery, the Boardmore theatre, and the Beaton Institute, along with a number of other community institutes.
Personally he was a great fan of both sports and the arts, and on his retirement was given a life-long seat in the Boardmore Theatre. He was physically active, swimming, skiing, cycling, and jogging until the age of 80. On retirement from the university, he became actively involved in parish church work, assisting in various parishes throughout Cape Breton. He also served on a number of community boards, including the initial board of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. He was the recipient of the Order of Canada and of an honorary degree from St. F.X. University.
He was predeceased by one sister, Sister Mary Campbell, C.N.D. He is survived by two sisters, Sister Camille Campbell, C.N.D., of Sydney, and Joan Gibson of Seattle, Washington.
Visitation was held from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, with a prayer vigil at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St. Sydney. Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m., was held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church in Sydney. The mass was preceded by an academic procession.
In memory of Dr. Campbell, donations may be made to one of the many institutions of the universities that he was involved in establishing. Online condolences may be made to www.twcurry.com.
Fr. John Graham
Passed on: January 8th, 2013
Father John Graham passed away peacefully and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Jan. 8, 2013.
He was the son of the late John Alexander and Genevieve Graham.
F. John and his brothers were raised by their devoted mother in the home of their grand-uncle, Fr. Charles MacDonald, Pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Bridgeport, C.B. Growing up in Bridgeport, Fr. John formed lifelong friendships with Alice Graham and her late brother, Fr. Joe Graham. Fr. John attended St. Francis Xavier University at age 16, graduating in 1946. Called to serve the Lord, Fr. John attended Holy Heart Seminary in Toronto and was ordained in May of 1950. He served the diocese of Antigonish faithfully for 56 years in a variety of parishes in Antigonish County, Guysborough County, Reserve Mines and Glace Bay.
Fr. John devoted much of his life to helping people suffering from addictions. He worked closely with a variety of local, provincial and international organizations, including the Nova Scotia Commission on Drug Dependency, where he served as a board member for many years. Fr. John was also passionate about supporting people who had difficulties in the criminal justice system. He never gave up on anyone and served as a committed and loyal chaplain at the Cape Breton County Correctional Centre for many years.
Fr. John’s contribution to his community was uniquely recognized in 1988 when he became a Member of the Order of Canada. Fr. John’s special place for relaxation was at his bungalow in Ottawa Brook. He was most proud of his vegetable garden, and he could be seen waterskiing (on one ski) on MacKinnon’s Harbour until the age of 78.
He is survived by his brother, Senator B.A. Graham, Halifax; his sister-in-law, Betty Graham, Saint John; many nieces and nephews, Patricia, Alasdair (Margaret), Jack (Michelle), David (Nancy), Eileen, (George), Bill (Leah), Danny, Mary (Rob), Jeannie (Jeff). Anne Marie (Paul); John (Charlene); Pat (Angie), Alastair (Kim), Mary Beth (Darrell), Jimmy (Margaret), Paul (Sue), and their children with whom he had a very close relationship.
He was predeceased by his brother, Charles and sister-in-law, Jean Graham. The family of Fr. Graham would like to thank the caregivers of Talbot House and Celtic Court who provided wonderful and compassionate care for him for the last several years.
A Prayer Vigil was to be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Main Street, Reserve Mines. Visitation was to be on Friday, Jan. 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in Curry’s Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay. A Funeral Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Reserve Mines. The Most Rev. Brian Dunn officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Joseph’s Cemetery Fund 22 Main St., Reserve Mines.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.jmcurryfuneralhome.com.
On-line tribute to Fr. John Graham, published in the Cape Breton Post
Sheila Ann McInnis
Born In: Ottawa Brook, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: December 22nd, 2012
It is with much sorrow that we announce the death of Shelia McInnis, 62, of Bras d’Or, at the QE II Heath Science Centre, VG Site, Halifax on Dec. 22, 2012.
Born in Ottawa Brook, she was the daughter of the late John Benedict and Annie Catherine (MacKenzie) MacLean.
Family meant everything to Sheila, from her beloved husband Earl to her children and grandchildren. With a large family of brothers and sisters, her door was always open for a cup of tea, both in her home in Bras d’Or or the cottage in Washabuck. In the summers she could always be found on the beach in Washabuck, visor on and grandchildren playing around her.
A devout member of the Catholic church, Sheila took great joy in teaching religious education. To continue and aid in this passion, she completed the diocesan formation program in 2003 and attended St. Paul University to obtain her certificate in religious education. During this time she continued as religious education co-ordinator for St. Joseph’s Church, Bras d’Or, until her retirement.
She was very active in the church youth group, many diocesan committees as well in the foundation of the Thomas More Society.
Sheila made her Cursillo in June 2004; her sponsor was Margie Gullickson
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Earl; and three children, son, Joe (Beverly), Havre Boucher, and their children, Madeleine and Thomas; son, Jason (Kyla), Fall River, and their children, Samuel and Amelia; daughter, Anna, Oromocto, N.B. She is also survived by eight brothers and four sisters, Ben (Carmie), Washabuck, Neil (Gale), Burlington, Ont., Lauchie (Sharon), Millville, Peter (Marlene), Port Hawkesbury, Betty (Greg) Young, Simcoe Ont., Sharon MacLean, Shane (Barbara), Debbie (Allan) MacDougall, Sydney Mines, Pius (Caroline), Wetaskiwin, Alta., Terry, Halifax, Paul (Caroline), Lower Sackville, Adele (Seamus) Britton, Don Mills, Ont., She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Craig Reid, Truro, and Emmanuel Taylor, Big Harbour; and numerous aunts and uncles.A special Tribute from the Emmaus Center
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by four siblings in infancy and in recent years Mary Jacqueline (Jackie) Reid, Francis Alexander and Helen Madonna Taylor.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Francis Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Joseph Church, Bras d’Or, Thursday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m., with Fr. Peter McLeod officiating. Burial was Friday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Washabuck, N.S.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direcion of Francis Funeral Home, Sydney Mines.
Donations may be made to the St. Thomas Moore Society or a charity of choice.
Online condolences can be sent to email@example.com.Rev. Gregory Campbell
Born In: Sydney
Born: July 7th, 1943
Passed on: November 30th, 2012
Fr. Greg Campbell passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Born July 7, 1943 in Sydney, he was the son of the late John E. and Mary E. (MacEachern) Campbell.
Greg was a graduate of Sydney Academy. He later graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1964 and from the Urban College in Rome. He was ordained a priest on May 19, 1968 at Holy Redeemer Church by the late Bishop William E. Power. He continued his graduate education at University of Toronto, St. Paul's Ottawa, Boston College and Assumption College, Worcester Mass.
He served as assistant at St. Anthony's, Glace Bay in (1968-1970) and followed with work in team ministry for the Glace Bay area (1970-77). He was appointed chaplain at St. F.X. University (1979-1981). He later joined the Counseling Centre from which he retired in 1996.
He leaves to mourn his sister, Barbara Horechuk; brothers, Blick (Colleen), Robbie, all of Sydney; Archie (Lauren), Thornhill, ON; sister-in-law Jody, Sydney Mines and friend Sister Louise, Halifax; his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Neil; sisters-in-law Joan and Lindsay and brother-in-law Fred.
Visitation for Rev. Campbell will take place at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with the Vigil Service to take place at 7:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 4th at 10 am at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Gregory may be made to L’Arche Antigonish or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com.
Rev. Ronald Smith
Born In: Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Passed on: March 10th, 2012
Reverend Ronald D. Smith, 87, a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, died in Kitchener, Ont., on March 10, 2012, at the home of his niece Debra and her husband, John Laronde.
Born in Inverness, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Margaret (MacDonald). He attended local schools in Inverness and graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish in 1947. He completed his theological studies in preparation for the priesthood at Holy Heart seminary, Halifax. Fr. Smith was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1951 in Saint Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish. He served as assistant priest in the parishes of St.-Pierre, Cheticamp, Saint John the Baptist, New Glasgow and Saint Joseph, North Sydney. During his long career of service as a parish priest, his appointments included, Saint Patrick, Lochaber, Star of the Sea, Canso, Holy Redeemer parish, Sydney for 16 years; rector of Saint Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish for nine years.
Fr. Smith then received a year of sabbatical and spent it at Saint John the Evangelist parish, Manhattan, New York, where he provided pastoral service daily in a very large and thriving Parish. Father Smith returned to the Diocese of Antigonish to assume the pastorate of Sacred Heart parish in Sydney. Fr. Smith, in retirement, accepted to be administrator of Saint Peter parish, Port Hood and then Saint Patrick parish, Lochaber.
Fr. Smith's pastoral zeal and service were unbounded. He was a most attentive, devoted parish priest and excelled in administration. Throughout his career, in addition to parochial responsibilities, Fr. Smith served also as military chaplain at CFB Sydney, dean of the Sydney Deanery of Priests, a member of the Council of Priests, Officials and Judge of the Matrimonial Tribunal for the Diocese of Antigonish and a member of many Diocesan commissions and committees. Fr. Smith coordinated the involvement of the Diocese of Antigonish on the Visit of Pope John Paul II to Halifax in September of 1984; he was presented to the Pope and awarded by him a Papal Medal in recognition of his work and participation in the organization of this event.
Fr. Smith is survived by one sister, Ann (John) Harris, Niagara Falls, Ont. and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Isabel, Marcella, Sarah 'Sally', Carrie and Theresa; brothers, John Alex., John Joseph, Duncan Alexander, Peter and Donald Angus 'Gip'.
The body will rest in T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and the remains will be transferred to Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier on Thursday afternoon with a Bible Vigil at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Redeemer Church, Sydney at 11 a.m. on Friday with burial following in Resurrection Cemetery.
Online condolences to www.twcurry.com.
Most Rev. Colin CampbellBishop Colin Campbell
Born In: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: January 17th, 2012
Most. Rev. Colin Campbell, B.A., B.Th., M.A., R.S.W., D.D., Litt.D., bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Antigonish, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Drummond Hall, Halifax, N.S., after an extended illness.
He became the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish on March 19, 1987, and retired in 2002. The Holy Father Pope John Paul II appointed him to succeed Bishop William Power, who had been bishop since 1960. He served as priest of the Archdiocese of Halifax from 1956 until his appointment to the Diocese of Antigonish.
Born in Antigonish in 1931, to Dr. Peter Smythe Campbell and Ida (Tompkins) Campbell, he spent his first years in Port Hood.
After moving to Halifax, he received his early education in Halifax at Saint Thomas Aquinas School and Saint Mary’s University High School. He completed undergraduate studies at Saint Mary’s University (BA 1952), and received his bachelor of theology from Holy Heart Seminary in 1956. He earned a master of arts in social work from the Université de Montréal in 1964, and later studied writing and journalism at University of Southern California. In 1983 Atlantic School of Theology awarded him the degree doctorate of divinity ‘honoris causa’ for his outstanding work in Christian education and ecumenism.
Colin Campbell was ordained to priesthood by the Archbishop of Halifax, Most. Rev. J. Gerald Berry, at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Halifax on May 26, 1956. He was appointed a monsignor by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish in December 1986.
He served as assistant priest at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Saint Catherine of Siena parish, and Saint Joseph’s parish, all in Halifax. He was appointed pastor of Saint Thomas Aquinas parish in Halifax in 1969, Saint Anthony’s parish in Dartmouth in 1975, and Immaculate Conception parish in Truro in 1980.
He also served the archdiocese of Halifax as vicar general (1969-1980), diocesan consultor, diocesan director of Catholic Charities, and executive director of the Catholic Social Services Commission. As vicar general for diocesan administration (1977-1980), he oversaw the implementation of the recently developed diocesan goals.
In 1983, Fr. Campbell accepted a position in Toronto as national director of the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies. While he was leading the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies, Fr. Campbell chaired the board of governors of Saint Mary’s University, and served as president of the N.S. Family & Child Welfare Association, N.S. Association of Social Workers, Halifax Neighbourhood Centre, Institute of Pastoral Training and the N.S. Social Services Council. He was a lecturer at Mount Saint Vincent University, Holy Heart Seminary, Nova Scotia Teachers Summer School, and Maritime School of Social Work of Dalhousie University.
He was a teacher, social worker, journalist, author and administrator. For a number of years, he wrote a weekly column for the religion page of the Halifax Chronicle Herald and Mail Star, entitled “A matter of opinion.” He served as Herald press correspondent in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul I and the election and installation of Pope John Paul II. He was a contributor to various theological journals and Catholic newspapers.
He was a member of the Knights of Malta, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Knights of Columbus. He was instrumental in establishing the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Atlantic Canada and was awarded the Cross of Merit by the Canada-Toronto Lieutenancy for his work with the Order in the Holy Land.
Ordained on March 19, 1987, he became the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish. He immediately began a series of deanery meetings to assist in the creation of the “Mission and Goals” statement outlining the seven priorities of the diocese. This set the course for pastoral planning in the diocese in view of the declining number of priests and the increasing participation of the laity. This led to the 1996 Gaskell Report, Pastoral Leadership and Service in the Diocese of Antigonish, that has had an influence on present diocesan initiatives and the restructuring of parishes.
Bishop Campbell had a deep desire to teach faithfully Christian beliefs in the midst of great change in the church and in the world. He saw his role as a teacher of Christian faith and tradition as being of primary importance in his ministry as bishop. He encouraged people to study The Catechism of the Catholic Church and supported the availability of formal programs of adult faith formation for the people of the diocese.
The bishop served as chancellor and chairman of the board of governors of Saint Francis Xavier University for many years. In this capacity, he took an active part in the work of the board and tried to maintain a positive presence of the church within the life of the St. FX family.
He oversaw major developments in the administration of the diocese, including a broadening of the participation of lay people in the active management of diocesan affairs through the their membership on the diocesan business and finance committee. He encouraged the formation of finance committees in all parishes of the diocese to involve competent, experienced parishioners in implementing good stewardship practices. As bishop he was instrumental in the transition to a new diocesan pastoral centre in Sydney and in the construction of a new chancery office and residence in Antigonish.
While experiencing serious illness for many of his years in office, the bishop faced setbacks with deep trust in God. He showed exceptional determination and courage in carrying on his ministry zealously, in spite of the challenges presented by his poor health.
Through the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as the chair of the Episcopal Commission for the Evangelization of Peoples, and as a member of the Episcopal Commission on Social Affairs and the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications.
Bishop Campbell is survived by his sister, Sr. Teresa Campbell of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, and his brother Emmett McCusker, Keswick, Ont.; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Nora and Mary Elizabeth and his brothers, John Edward, Duncan Ignatius and Patrick Gregory.
The visitation was held in Antigonish at St. Ninian Place (part of St. Ninian Cathedral) on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 3-9 p.m. continuing on Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m.
The remains were transferred to St. Ninian Cathedral for a vigil service at 4 p.m. The funeral mass was Monday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. Most Rev. Brian J. Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, presided. Committal followed in St. Ninian Cemetery, Antigonish.
Funeral arrangements were in the care of C.L. Curry Funeral Home in Antigonish.
Online condlolences: www.clcurry.com.
Press Release on the passing of Bishop Colin Campbell
Bishop Dunn's Homily at the funeral of H.E. Most Rev. Colin Campbell, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese
Catherine (MacKinnon) Hanrahan, 65, of Sydney passed away in the comfort of her husband Ron, son Chad, daughter Kelly and family members Friday, February 17th, 2012 at the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Born at her home in North Sydney, she was the daughter of the late Michael (Marion Cox) MacKinnon.
At the age of nine months, Catherine and her parents moved to Sydney where she grew up and lived in the Ashby area for the remainder of her life. She attended Constantine Elementary, Park Jr. High and Holy Angels High School. Following high school graduation in 1965, Catherine joined the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish. During seven years of personal, spiritual, physical and mental growth with her beloved Martha friends, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology with a major in Scriptures. With this education and background of Martha living, she moved back to Sydney to continue carrying on that Martha's outreach in her everyday life.
In 1973, she started a new life as a wife and mother. As a stay at home mom, Catherine took care of her two children with love and showed great guidance. During these years Catherine became involved with St. Theresa Parish as a part-time religious education coordinator. One of her greatest passions was music. She loved to sing and was a valuable member of the six o'clock St. Theresa's church choir.
Catherine was employed with the Diocese of Antigonish in the Faith Formation and Education office, the former Nazareth House and former Diocesan Center in Sydney, where she provided assistance to people with their selection of religious programs and books. The friendship she nurtured with her fellow employees continues today. Their loyal and supportive actions were an inspiration and source of strength for her during her illness.
Above all Catherine was a deeply spiritual person. She was always reading and taking in conferences to develop her spiritual life. She developed a group of friends called The New Vision that met regularly to discuss spiritual topics. These people became a source of support and inspiration for her during her time of illness. Her spiritual life-searching guided her life from beginning to end. Catherine also found great joy making her yearly trip to the seacoast of Old Orchard Beach, Maine to visit her good friends Christine and Joanne at the cottage. Catherine loved to take in the sights of the sea, especially the big waves, and most of all shopping in her favorite stores.
Her many lifelong friends were a testament to her kindness and loyalty. She welcomed everyone into her home with enormous warmth and hospitality. In Catherine's home and especially in her heart, there was always room for one more. Catherine was a kind, charitable and gentle person, always willing to help a friend/family member in need. She was a modest person who was greatly touched by the kindness of others. She loved to write thank-you notes to everyone who extended an act of kindness to her.
Catherine's greatest love was for her family. She was and always will be the glue that bound her family together. She was a great daughter, wife, mom, nannie, sister and aunt because of her wisdom, strength and love. Catherine loved family get togethers for special events. Being surrounded by her family members - her children, grandchildren, siblings, in laws, nieces and nephew, she experienced love and comfort.
Catherine is survived by her mother Marion; husband Ron; son Chad (Tanya Hardy) North Sydney; daughter Kelly (Darren) Lawless, Sydney and her two precious and beautiful granddaughters Karley Frances - nannie's playmate and Darcey Elle - nannie's cutie. Catherine is also survived by her sister Marion (Frank Potter); nieces Breagh and Gillian; brothers Richard; nieces Lisa and Julie (Toronto), Michael (Victoria) and Alexander 'Sandy' (Pamela); nephews Reece and Keith (Calgary). She is also survived by brother-in-law Gualbert (Elaine) Hanrahan; niece Karen (Jean Marc) and nephew Glen and special family member Ryan (Barbara) Jordan (Halifax).
Catherine was predeceased by father Michael; father and mother-in-law Bernard and Sylvia and sister-in-law Sylvia.
Visitation took place at T.W. Curry Funeral Home in Sydney on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Catherine's Life was held on Monday at the Grand Lake Rd. Fire Hall at 1:30 pm with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Theresa's Food Depot, homeless shelter of your choice, Hospice Palliative Care of Cape Breton and/or Patient Comfort Fund of Cape Breton. Also in memory of her acts of kindness, one can offer an act of kindness to a friend, neighbor or stranger.
Online condolences can be expressed through T.W. Curry Funeral Home Sydney at www.twcurry.com.
Rev. Father John J. MacIntyre
June 1, 1939 – December 25, 2011
Bloisdale / Glace Bay
The MacIntyre family are very saddened to announce the passing of their brother, Rev. Father John Joseph MacIntyre on Sunday, December 25, 2011.
Father was the son of the late Norman and Christene (Nicholson) MacIntyre of Boisdale. Father was born on June 1, 1939 at Leitches Creek, C.B. and grew up in Boisdale, C.B. He was ordained a Catholic Priest on May 22, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Church in North Sydney and then served at St. Theresa’s, Sydney, St. Anthony Daniel, Sydney, St. Paul’s, Dartmouth, Star of The Sea, Canso, St. Agnes, Littler Dover, St. Joseph’s, Little Bras d’Or and St. Joseph’s, Port Hawkesbury. Father then joined the military as Chaplain and served at CFB, Kingston, CFB, Halifax, Shannon Park, Squadron and Dockyard, CFB, Shearwater, CFS Holberg and CFB, Chilliwack, BC.
After retiring from the Armed Forces in 1995, he returned to the Diocese of Antigonish where he served as Pastor at Holy Guardian Angels Parish, L’Ardoise and Pastor of St. Leo’s Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish, Glace Bay. Rev. Father John Joseph MacIntyre
Father will be sadly missed by his sisters, Marjorie (Don) MacKay, Mary (Gerald) Lawless, brothers, Norman (Leona), Donnie (Gail). Father is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Visitation for Father will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 7-9 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church, Glace Bay. Father will then be transferred to St. John’s Church, New Aberdeen, Thursday, December 29th for visitation 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with a vigil commencing at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Friday, December 30th at St. John’s Church, Glace Bay. A luncheon will be held at St. Leo’s Church, Glace Bay with interment to follow at St. Andrew’s Parish Cemetery, Boisdale. In lieu of flowers, donations in Father’s memory may be made to Palliative Care, VON or the Cancer Unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Online condolences to the MacIntyre family are available through www.vjmcgillivray.ca
Fr. Alex MacKinnon
Born In: New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: August 9th, 2011
It is with deepest sadness that we, the family, announce the passing of Father Alexander MacKinnon, 82, of Antigonish, who died Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Martha Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Father Alex was born and raised in New Waterford and was the son of the late John J. MacKinnon and Isabel (Campbell) MacKinnon.
He graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1951. He attended the Grand Seminary in Quebec City and Laval University, in 1955 was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Antigonish. Father Alex served as assistant pastor at St. Peter’s parish, Port Hood, St. John the Baptist parish, New Glasgow, and St Joseph’s parish, North Sydney. In 1961 he was appointed to the Antigonish Diocesan Latin American Apostolate where he spent the next 14 years serving the diocese in Central America. He spent the first four years in Costa Rica and was then assigned to Honduras where the needs were much greater. During his time in Honduras he was appointed director of the Antigonish Diocesan Apostolate for Honduras lasting until 1975. In 1975 Father Alex was appointed to the staff of the Coady International Institute of St.F.X. University as co-ordinator of the Latin America Sector, responsible for all Coady activities relating to Latin America. He also served as chaplain to Catholic students and was the co-ordinator of counselling services at the Coady. In 1987 Father Alex became registrar of the Coady International Institute. In 1994 he retired from the Coady and did sabbatical studies in Ottawa and Rome. He then served as parish priest of St. Joseph’s, Antigonish County. From July 1996 until his second retirement in 2009 Father Alex served as chaplain at St.Martha’s Hospital.
Father Alex is survived by his sisters, Ann Genereux, Penticton, B.C., Mary MacGillivary, Sydney, N.S., Willena MacKinnon, Phoenix, Arizona, Theresa (Pat) Lee, Studio City, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Sadie (Francis) MacKinnon, Rochester, N.H., Kay (Roddie) MacKinnon, New Waterford, N.S., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Donald, Francis, and Roderick; sister-in-law, Peggy MacKinnon and brothers-in law, Bill Genereux and Edward MacGillivary.
Visitation was held 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 in Morrison Hall, St. F.X. Campus. A vigil service was held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 14 at St. F.X. Chapel. Funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at St. F.X Chapel, Bishop Brian Dunn officiating. A reception following mass was held in Morrison Hall.
Burial took take place Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. in Mount Carmel Cemetery, New Waterford.
Father Alex recently created a legacy of support for future Coady participants, through the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund. His contribution will support students who are accepted into the Coady Institute educational programs.
Gifts toward this scholarship can be made by contacting Erika Gunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 902-867-5264.
Funeral arrangements were under the supervision of www.MacIsaacs.ca.
Rev. Fr. Anthony "Tony" MacDonald, 71, passed away in 2011. Born on Dec. 26, 1939, Fr. Tony was ordained a priest on May 23, 1964.
It is with sorrowing hearts that we announce the death of Father Angus Anthony Joseph MacDonald of Malignant Cove, Antigonish Co., NS. Fr. Anthony “Tony” died suddenly on January 4, 2011 at his “estate” at the Cove while making preparations for his annual trip to Florida. Fr. Anthony was born December 26, 1939, son of the late Dougald and Jean (MacDonald) MacDonald.
He attended St. Andrew Rural High and graduated from St.FX University in 1960 with a B.A. degree. (He thoroughly enjoyed being with his classmates at the 50th anniversary of his graduation in October.) He trained for the priesthood at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained on May 23, 1964 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral by Most Rev.William Power. That same year he was appointed assistant at the following parishes: St. Mary’s, East Bay; St. Mary’s, Mabou; and St. Peter’s, Ingonish . From 1965-1969 he was on loan to the Archdiocese of Quebec where he taught at St. Lawrence College, Quebec City. Fr. Anthony also served at Sacred Heart, Sydney; St. Joseph’s, Bras d’Or and St. John’s, New Glasgow. He was parish priest at St. Joseph’s, Port Felix and mission; Our Lady of Fatima, Sydney River; St. Michael’s, New Waterford; St. Pius X, Sydney Mines; St. Peter’s, Port Hood; St. Michael’s, Baddeck and Queen of the World, Wagmatcook.
During his priesthood, Fr. Anthony studied at the University of Ottawa receiving a Master of Education. He served as an Advocate on the Antigonish/Halifax Marriage Tribunal, was on the Personnel Board for the Diocease, Ministry to Priests program and the Cursillo Movement. He retired in 2005, but continued to serve wherever and whenever he was called. He loved his fellow man and they loved him, with his sense of humour and optimism.
Father Anthony will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by his brother Rickey, sister-in-law Peggy and their children Susan, Mark (Suzanne), Jane (Gerry), Luke (Andrea), Sara (Scott), Laura (Dan) and their families, as well as his sister, Margie and her daughters Janice (Ben), Leanne (Darryl), Nancy (Mark) and their families, seventeen grandnieces and grandnephews in all. Fr. Anthony enjoyed many fun times with all his young relatives at dinners, barbeques, fishing trips, the beach, and the dam, especially in the summer at the cottage.
He was a gentle and caring priest who listened well and comforted many.
Visitation was held 2:30-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 PM, Tuesday, January 11 and 2:00-4:00 PM Wednesday, Januaray 12 at MacIsaac Funeral Home, Pleasant Street, Antigonish. Bible vigil will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday at St. Ninian’s Cathedral. The funeral mass was held at St. Ninian’s Cathedral in Antigonish 2:00 PM Thursday, January 13, presided over by Most Rev. Brian Dunn. Family flowers only, please. Memorial donations may be made to the Antigonish Food Bank or St. Vincent de Paul.
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Rev. Fr. Robert Floyd, formerly of the Diocese of Antigonish, and more recently the Diocese of Halifax, passed away on Saturday. Funeral rites for Fr. Floyd will be celebrated at St. Clement's Parish, 16 Gaston Rd, Dartmouth.
Visitation will be in the church on Wednesday, January 12, beginning at 3:00pm. The Evening Prayer Vigil will follow at 7:00pm. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Thursday January 13, followed by a reception in the Church hall. Committal will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lower Sackville.
Fr. Robert "Bobby" Floyd's ObituaryRev. Fr. James I. Attwood, JCD
Rev. Jim Attwood,
Born in: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, CanadaThe death occurred Monday, May 17, 2010 in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish of the Reverend Hugh Allan MacDonald, priest of the Diocese of Antigonish. Father MacDonald was born in Inverness, the son of Allan R. and Mary (Gillis) MacDonald-Kennedy. He received his early education in Inverness, completed high school at St. Joseph Convent, Mabou and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1939, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Father MacDonald attended Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax for his theological studies. He was ordained on June 3, 1943, by Archbishop John T. McNally at Holy Heart Seminary Chapel, Halifax.
Born on: 21/06/1953
Passed away in: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 29/10/2010
It is with deep sadness we acknowledge the passing of Rev. James Ignatius Attwood of St Joseph Catholic parish, North Sydney, N.S. Fr. Jim was born June 21, 1953, Glace Bay.
Fr. Jim was predeceased by his parents James Ignatius Attwood and Nora (nee Parsons).
Fr. Jim was the oldest of seven children and had a zest for life, loved music, reading and travel. He dedicated his life to his ministries and friends and could always be called upon.
Jim is survived by one sister and five brothers, Wilfred (Marilyn), Craig (Lucy), Cathy MacMillan (Rod), Peter (Joan), Brad and Basil (Shannon). Jim is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews who were very fond of their Uncle Jim. Jim was ordained on Aug. 8, 1989, at Holy Cross in Glace Bay for the Diocese of Antigonish by the Most Rev. Colin Campbell. From 1989 to 1990, he served at St. Joseph in Bras d'Or, St. Anne in Alder Point, St. Joachim in Boularderie (associate); from 1990 to 1991 at Holy Redeemer in Sydney (associate); from 1991 to 1993 at St. Peters in Larry's River, St. Joseph in Charlos Cove, St. Joseph in Port Felix (pastor); from 1996 to 2002 at St. Augustine in Sydney (pastor); from 2002 to 2005 at St. Agnes in New Waterford, St. Joseph in New Victoria, St. Alphonsus in Victoria Mines (pastor); from 2005 to 2007 at Immaculate Conception in Bridgeport, St. Eugene in Dominion, St. James in Gardiner (pastor) and from 2007 to the present at St. Joseph and Our Lady of Sorrows in North Sydney (pastor).
Fr. Jim was involved in other ministries, including Council of Priests, diocesan consultors, chair diocesan business and finance committee, vice-president of FSENS, chaplin to young offenders, Sydney, director of pastoral services (1996 to 2002), vicar general (2000 to 2002), judge, national appeals tribunal, Ottawa (2005 to present), director of the deaconate program for the Diocese of Antigonish.
Fr. Jim received special honours: Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) in 1995, Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD), Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1997.
Fr. Jim graduated from St. Michael Senior High in Glace Bay, 1971; graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1983 with a BA major philosophy; attended St. Augustine's Seminary and St. Basil's College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto from 1985 to 1989, MDiv, STB.
Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 1 & 2, 2010 at W.J. Dooley Funeral Home in North Sydney. Fr. Jim's remains were then be transferred Tuesday evening to St. Joseph Church in North Sydney, for a vigil which began at 8 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating, assisted by priests of the Diocese.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Society, or a charity of your choice.
Jim leaves behind many friends and family members who will miss him dearly. May the peace of the Lord be with you always Father, Brother, Friend.
Father Gerald Dunphy
Passed away in: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed away on: 15/08/2010
After a short illness, for which he was very grateful, Gerald Dunphy, a priest with the Diocese of Antigonish, died with family and friends to help him make his passage to God. He passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Having recently retired as pastor of Immaculate Heart/St Joseph, he had hoped to spend some time with fewer responsibilities and more relaxation. The Lord had different plans for his life.
Gerald was the son of John William Dunphy and Margaret MacPhee. Both John and Margaret were of humble roots. John was a coal miner and Margaret the daughter of a coal miner. Gerald had eight siblings, Mary, Josephine, Edward, John, Michael, Ray, Alvin, and Christina, all are deceased except, Michael, Brandon, Man. and Christina (Bob MacPhee), Truro. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Gerald grew up in Dominion and Reserve Mines. At 16 years of age he began his studies for the priesthood with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement; to the Friars he owes his high school and university education. With his theological studies almost completed with the Atonement Friars, his vocation to the priesthood shifted to the Diocesan priesthood and he was ordained for the Diocese of Antigonish on May 19, 1968. During the next 42 years he served at St. Ninians, Antigonish; St. Anne's, Glace Bay; Holy Redeemer, Sydney and as Pastor at St. Peter's Parish, St. Peter's; Immaculate Conception, Sydney Mines; and Immaculate Heart/St. Joseph, Sydney. Through the years he served on many diocesan committees and, while in Sydney Mines did some community development work with the Sydney Mines Renewal Association.
Gerald's life as a priest was his calling and he extends thanks to the many parishioners in the various parishes who gave such meaning to his life. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel and then from 7-9 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, with the KOC Prayer Service and Vigil commencing at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph Church. Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Reserve Mines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the food bank in your local community.
Online condolences may be sent to www.twcurry.com.
Father MacDonald began his priestly ministry at St. Anthony Parish, Glace Bay, and over time was Parish Priest at St. Margaret of Scotland, Grand Mira; Stella Maris, Louisbourg; St. Eugene, Dominion; St. Joseph, Port Felix and St Vincent de Paul, Queensport; St. Joseph, South West Margaree and St. Patrick, North East Margaree; St. Columba, Lakevale and St. George, Georgeville; St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois.
Father MacDonald also served for some time in western Canada and the United States. He was a musically talented man and used his talents as a member of the Liturgical Commission for the diocese and as Director at Villa Madonna, Bras d’Or. Father MacDonald once directed a choir at a Marian Congress in Vancouver where over 6000 people were in attendance. His musical talents were a gift to the Diocese and will be well remembered.
Surviving Father MacDonald are his sister, Sister Mary N. MacDonald, Bethany, and two nieces Glenda and Joyce.
Besides his parents, Father MacDonald was predeceased by his brothers, Angus Malcolm (Florence); Joseph (Helen); and Alexander (Laurie).
Visitation will take place 2-4 pm Wednesday at MacIsaac Funeral Home, Antigonish, N.S. The remains will then be transferred to St. Ninian’s Cathedral in time for a Service of Vigil at 7:00pm
Funeral Mass will be 2:00 pm Thursday, May 20th in at Ninian’s Cathedral, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding, priests of the Diocese are invited to concelebrate. Burial will take place at St. Columba Cemetery, Lakevale. www.MacIsaacs.ca
Father Tom Morley
Father Thomas C. Morley died on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. A native of Glace Bay, N.S., Fr. Tom was a son of the late Joseph H. and Agnes (Curry) Morley.
After graduating from St. Anne High School, Fr. Tom attended St. Francis Xavier University. A cherished memory of those years was to have been chosen class life president of the 1950 graduating class. Unfortunately illness prevented his participation in the ongoing festivities of class reunions.
Following his studies at St. FX and after several years of work in various fields of employment, Fr. Tom began his theological studies for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary, Ottawa. He was ordained for the Diocese of Antigonish by Bishop William E. Power on June 8, 1963.
His pastoral appointments in the diocese included the parishes of St. Mary's, Mabou; St. Stephen, Florence; St. Ninian, Antigonish; St. Joseph, Bras d'Or; St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois; and St. James, Gardiner Mines. During a sabbatical year, Fr. Tom was invited by Archbishop J.N. MacNeil of Edmonton to continue his priestly ministry in western Canada. There he served the parish of Evansburg as administrator and as parish priest in Rimbey, Buck Lake, Winfield, Olds, Hinton and Ponoka.
After approximately 12 years in Edmonton archdiocese, Fr. Tom returned to Nova Scotia but continued his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Yarmouth serving in Berwick, and in the Diocese of Antigonish in Arisaig and St. Mary's Polish parish, Sydney. Due to ill health he was forced to retire from pastoral ministry.
During his sabbatical year he pursued further studies and obtained his masters degree in education from the University of Ottawa.
Fr. Tom is survived by brothers, Fr. Frank and Fr. Fred; sisters-in-law, Judy Morley, Amherst and Mary Morley, Halifax. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, Joseph, William, John, James, Charles; sisters, Dr. Mary, Teresa, Monica, Sister Alice, Sister of Charity and Sister Agnes, Sister of Charity.
Visitation will be held at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney on Sunday, May 16, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. Remains will be transferred to St. Anne's church, Glace Bay for vigil and visitation from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 a.m. with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding and Fr. Frank and Fr. Fred concelebrating. The priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate. Online condolences may be sent to Curry's Funeral Home, Glace Bay, email@example.com.
Father Raymond King
Born in: Evanston, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born on: 25/02/1930
Passed away on: 16/03/2010
Father Raymond Alexander Leo King, Priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish died in Harbourstone Enhanced Care Facility in Sydney on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. He was 80 years of age.
Born in Evanston, Richmond County, Cape Breton on Feb. 25, 1930, he was a son of the late Henry and Marie (Hureau) King. Ray received his BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 1955 and a Masters of Theology from St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa in 1959. He also received a Bachelor of Education in 1971 from St. Francis Xavier University.
Ray was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. MacDonald on May 23, 1959 at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish. He began his priestly ministry in June 1959 as assistant pastor in St. Anthony’s Parish, Glace Bay and continued at Holy Redeemer Parish, Sydney in 1961. Ray was appointed to the staff of St. Pius X Prepatory Seminary, Ottawa in September 1965. During the summers he served at St. Agnes, New Waterford, St. Mary’s, East Bay, Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney and St. Anthony Daniel Parish, Sydney. In 1968 he became parish priest of St. Margaret’s parish, St. Margaret’s Village, N.S. In 1971, he was parish priest at Immaculate Conception, Bridgeport. In 1978, he served as parish priest at St. Joseph’s North Sydney. In 1988, he continued his service as parish priest at St. Agnes, New Waterford. In 1995, he was parish priest at St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois. He retired from his active priestly duties in 1997 because of ill health.
Fr. Ray is survived by sister, Helen Coakley, Florence, C.B.; brothers, Fred (Cathie), Belleville, Ont., Walter (Betty), Evanston, C.B. and Elmer, Bedford, N.S. He is also survived by nephews, Paul, Douglas, Bruce and Robert King, Paul Coakley, and nieces, Brenda, Raylene, Jane, Lisa, Tracey, Kathy, and Krista King and Debbie, Doreen and Vanda Coakley.
He was predeceased by brother, Paul Henry (Silvia), Belleville, Ont. He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law, Roberta (Elmer King), Bedford, N.S., Elsie (Paul Henry) and brother-in-law, Art Coakley (Helen), Florence, C.B. Fr. Ray enjoyed playing golf, skiing, fishing and playing cards especially bridge. Visitation will be held at the Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, on Friday, March 19, from 2-5 p.m. Reception of the body and vigil at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 19 in St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants. Everyone is welcome to vigil. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, Lower River Inhabitants 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Fr. Angus MacDougall V.G. and the priests of the diocese officiating. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Whiteside.
Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com.
Rev. Peter Clifford Bisson, Glace Bay
Rev. Maj. (Ret.) Clifford Bisson, CD, son of the late Lubin and Sophie (Aucoin) Bisson, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. He leaves to mourn his sisters, Margaret Driscoll, Ontario, Bernadette (Ed) Ingham and Rose (Dan) McMullin, both of Glace Bay; brother, Lubin (Joan), Ontario; brothers-in-law, Erwin MacMaster and Alex Chisholm; sisters-in-law, Mary and Marie; nieces, nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his sisters, Theresa MacMaster and Betty Chisholm, brothers, Wilfred, Melvin and Danny, brother-in-law, Ed Driscoll and sister-in-law, Doris. Fr. Bisson was a graduate of St. Anne’s High School. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1950; attended Grand Seminary in Quebec in preparation for the priesthood. He was ordained a priest on June 12, 1954, in St. Ninian’s Cathedral by the late Bishop John R. McDonald.
Fr. Bisson served as an assistant priest in various parishes in the diocese including Mount Carmel, New Waterford, Holy Guardian Angels, L’Ardoise, St. Theresa, Sydney, St. John the Baptist, New Glasgow, Villa Madonna Retreat House, St. Stephen’s, Florence, St. Peter’s, Port Hood, and St. John’s, Glace Bay. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1964 and served as chaplain (RC) at the following bases: CFB Gagetown, CFB Halifax, CFB Calgary, CFB Esquimalt, CFB Chatham, CFB Petawawa and CFB Cornwallis. His overseas postings included NATO service in Lars, Germany, UN peacekeeping duties in Cyprus, the Golan Heights and Israel.
Fr. Bisson retired from the regular Forces in September 1987. Upon retirement, Fr. Bisson worked part time with the Archdiocese of Halifax and replaced base chaplains from coast to coast, who were absent from their base on peacekeeping duties. He served in this capacity until 1998. His service with the Department of National Defence spanned 33 years. He served his country with pride and dedication to duty. Upon returning to Glace Bay, Fr. Bisson joined John Bernard Croak VC Branch 3, Royal Canadian Legion, where he served until his passing, and served the local parishes here in an on-call capacity.
Visitation for Fr. Cliff will be held this evening (Saturday) from 7-9 p.m. in Curry’s Funeral Home, 775 Main St., Glace Bay. The vigil service will commence at 7 p.m., Sunday in St. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay. Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be offered Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at 11 a.m. in St. Anne’s Church with Bishop Brian Dunn and other priests concelebrating. Burial to follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Online condolences can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.— Msgr. Conrad GIRROIR, 92, Arichat, formerly of West Arichat, a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, passed away peacefully at his residence in St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre, on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. He was a son of Jean Baptiste and Mabel Elizabeth (Girroir) Girroir. He was born and raised in West Arichat where he attended Immaculate Conception and Acadiaville School.GIRROIR, Msgr. Conrad Polycarp
After highschool graduation, Msgr. Girroir attended St. Francis Xavier University from which he graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He did his theological studies and received his priestly training at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax where he was ordained December 22, 1945, by Most Rev. John T. McNally.
Msgr. Girroir was appointed Administrator of St. Louis Parish, Louisdale, in March of 1946, during which time he taught school. In 1951, with the death of the parish priest, he was named pastor of the parish by appointment from the Holy See. Msgr. Girroir served in Louisdale for over 25 years. In 1972, Msgr. Girroir was transferred to St. Joseph Parish, Petit De Grat where he ministered for six years before ill health forced him into temporary retirement.
He returned to the active ministry as Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, West Arichat, always striving to bring God's word to his beloved Acadian people. Indeed his priestly life was spent almost entirely in Acadian parishes, but this did not lessen his great love for and appreciation of the éthic people in the diocese. Msgr. Girroir's first concern was for the people of his parishes. However, he was a true priest of the diocese who served as Dean of Richmond Deanery and on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission. His wonderful sense of history, geology, geography, geneology, astrology, gardening and his good humour endeared him to the people and priests of the diocese. There was a lesson taught in every encounter.
In 1998, Msgr. Girroir finally retired, but chose to remain among the people he loved so much and to where he really belonged in West Arichat. In 2004, he was named Msgr.
He is survived by sisters, Sister Nancy Girroir (Filles de Jesus), Moncton; Sophie Samson, Arichat; special niece, Rosie Forgeron (Adolph), Halifax; brother-in-law, Harry Helin Jr., California.
He was predeceased by brothers, Edmund, Euclide, Raymond, Thomas, and sisters, Petronille, Eva Mae, Génieve, and siblings in infancy, Sophie, Eva Mae, Thomas, Desiré; brothers-in-law, Adolph Babin and John F. Samson. Visitation took place on Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Sunday from 2-4 p.m., at the C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home, Arichat. A vigil service was held at Immaculate Conception Church in West Arichat.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Girroir was held Monday, Dec. 7/09 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Petit De Grat. Interment: Immaculate Conception Parish Cemetery, West Arichat. Memorial donations can be made to St Anne Community & Nursing Care Centre or to St. Anne's Therapeutic Garden.
Mon Oncle Conrad will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. To send on-line condolences to the family or to light a candle in memory of Msgr. Conrad, please visit: www.chboudreau.com
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Fr. Francis Dolhanty
Born in 15/07/1920 at Florence, Nova Scotia, Canada The death occurred on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, in the Cove, Sydney, of Rev. Francis E. Dolhanty.
Born in Florence, N.S., July 15, 1920, he was the son of Stephen and Ellen (Coakley) Dolhanty.
Fr. Dolhanty was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, ordained May 23, 1948. He started his priestly ministry at St. F.X. University, and then moved as Assistant Pastor to St. Anthony’s Parish, Glace Bay and thence to Holy Rosary, Westmount and St. Agnes, New Waterford. He was named Pastor of St. Peter’s, Ingonish in 1954, and later as Pastor in Star of the Sea, Canso, St. John the Baptist, New Glasgow, Immaculate Conception, Main-a-Dieu, St. Francis de Sales, Lower River Inhabitants, and lastly at St. Mary’s, Frenchvale, from where he retired in December, 1987. At various times he was also a Diocesan Consultor and the Dean of the Guysborough Deanery.
Fr. Dolhanty was the last member of his immediate family.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Stephen (Margaret), Thomas, John (Emma), Angeline (John) Jessome, Margaret, Nan (Bill) Moore, Catherine (Angus) MacKeigan. He is survived by sister-in-law, Betty and many nephews and nieces.
Fr. Dolhanty’s remains are resting at the Francis Funeral Home in Sydney Mines.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. The remains will be moved to St. Stephen’s Church, where a Vigil Service will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Stephen’s Church, Florence at 11 a.m. on Friday, with burial to follow.
Rev. Leonard MacKinnon, Sydney
Rev. Leonard A. MacKinnon, died peacefully at MacGillivary Guest Home on Sunday, August 23, 2009, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Stephen N. and Mary Ann (MacDonald) MacKinnon. Father Leonard graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1951. He entered Holy Heart Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish in 1955. Over the years, Father Leonard ministered in numerous parishes throughout the Diocese including South West Margaree; St. Anthony, Glace Bay; St. Margaret’s, St. Margaret’s Village; St. Michael’s, Baddeck; St. Anne’s, Thorburn; Christ The King, Trenton; Holy Family, Glace Bay; St. Eugene’s, Dominion and St. Leo’s, Glace Bay.
Upon retirement, he moved to Xavier apartments in Sydney and later, with declining health, became a resident of MacGillivray Guest Home. Father Leonard, fondly known to his childhood friends and fellow priests, as ‘Doc’, was dearly loved by family, friends and parishioners. His friendly and compassionate manner endeared him to all. His loving support, caring attitude, and gentle humour will be a source of fond memories for all of us.
He is survived by one brother, John, Toronto and sisters, Doris (Michael Laffin), New Waterford and Sr. Hilda, C.N.D., Sydney. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Cecilia, St. John’s, Nfld., Delories, Sydney and Friederike, Phoenix, Arizona. Father Leonard will also be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews and their families.
He was predeceased by brothers, Wilfred, Michael, Ronald, Stephen, Gordon and sisters, Evelyn Roach, Claire Della-Calce, Sr. Regis and Irene MacAdam.
Visitation for Fr. MacKinnon will take place today (Tuesday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel with a prayer vigil at 8:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Burial to take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.
Donations in Fr. Leonard’s memory may be made to MacGillivray Guest Home or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to email@example.com or www.mem.com.
Fr. Vincent James MacLellan 1921 - 2009Fr. Vince died peacefully in his sleep in the Green Meadows Adult Care Facility in North Grant, Antigonish County yesterday. His funeral arrangements have just been made. May he rest in peace.Fr. Vince MacLellan's wake will begin on Saturday June 27th 7-9pm in Morrison Hall at St F X Campus in Antigonish, N.S. and continue Sunday June 28th from 2-4pm - Morrison Hall. His remains will be transferred over to StFX Chapel at 6:00pm. At 7:00pm there will be a Bible Vigil in the Chapel presided over by St F X Dean, Rev. Alex MacKinnon with Rev. Rod B. MacDonald as homilist. Visitation will continue in the chapel until 9:00 pm that evening.
Funeral Mass for Fr. Vince MacLellan will be held at 11:00am on Monday, June 29th at St F X Chapel with presiding and Fr. Paul MacNeil homilist. Priests of the diocese are all invited to concelebrate. Please bring your albs and white stoles. Reception to follow in Morrison Hall.
DAY, Rev. Robert Albert "Bob"
DAY, Rev. Robert Albert "Bob" - Age 75, of New Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2008, in Aberdeen Hospital.
Born in Campbellton, N.B., he was a son of Corinne (Roy) Day of New Glasgow and the late Robert Day. He was a retired Priest having served in the Antigonish, Halifax, Edmonton and Newfoundland dioceses. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his youth he played baseball and hockey. He was an avid skier and enjoyed playing golf. He was a member of the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame for hockey. He is survived by his mother, Corinne Day; sister, Betty MacDonald, Antigonish; nephews, Ronnie and Bobby; nieces, Michelle and Lenore; great-nieces, Siobhan, Kali, Grace and Ava; great-nephew, Grayson. He was predeceased by brother-in-law, John D. MacDonald.
Visitation 2-10 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008, in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church from where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral mass 11 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia, Aberdeen Palliative Care Society or the Pictou County Victorian Order of Nurses. Arrangements are under the direction of R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. E-mail condolences at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Right Reverend Cyril H. Bauer, 94
The Diocese of Antigonish and especially the St. FX community mourn the death of one of their best known and beloved priests, Right Reverend Cyril H. Bauer, 94, who died Monday, Sept. 9, 2008, in the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish.
Monsignor Bauer was born in Sydney, N.S., the son of the late John Henry and Katherine (Merchant) Bauer.
He received his early and high school education in Sydney before enrolling at St. FX in 1931. After graduation, Monsignor Bauer answered a call to the priesthood. He completed theological studies at the Sulpician Seminary in Washington, D.C. and pursued studies in modern languages and dramatics at Catholic University of America in that city.
He was ordained by Archbishop John T. McNally at St. Mary’s Basilica on May 21, 1939, in Halifax. During his priestly ministry, Monsignor Bauer was a true servant of the church. Besides his regular ministry at the university, he served at various times as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Vicar General, Chancellor and Episcopal Vicar for Spiritual Affairs, Diocesan Consultor and Chaplain of several Institutions. He served on the Senate of Priests, the Personnel Committee, the Liturgical Commission and as Chairman of the Priests' Committee for Pastoral Institutes after Vatican Council 11. The Church recognized the life and work of this priest by bestowing on him the rank of Domestic Prelate in 1960.
Following his ordination in 1939, Monsignor Bauer’s first two assignments were as assistants in Iona and Little Bras d’Or where he enjoyed his ministry with people and served them well. In Sept. 1943, he was appointed to St. FX University as Chaplain and Professor of Modern Languages. He served at the University until his retirement over forty years later. During his tenure at St. FX University, Monsignor Bauer held many offices of trust and responsibility. He was Spiritual Director, Assistant Registrar, Registrar, Executive Vice-president, Director of Student Activities, Director of the Awards’ Office and Dean of Studies. Monsignor Bauer was also the chairman of the University Committee for Implementation of Administrative Controls and Procedures.
Perhaps more than anything, students will remember him for his ten-year involvement with campus dramatics bringing an unbelievably high level of performance to the university stage. The University which he served so well honoured him by awarding to him the prestigious Paul Desmarais Medal for Excellence in June, 1983, by naming the new university theatre after him; and with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in May, 1986.
Monsignor Bauer is survived by two sisters, Mary Margaret Saunders, St. Andrews, N.B. and Catherine Rose Kenney, Oakville, Ont.; he was a beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, Owen Martin and John Merchant; sister, Barbara Elizabeth Brophy.
Visitation today (Thursday) after 2 p.m. in St. FX University Chapel until a Bible Vigil held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 11 a.m. in St. FX University Chapel, with presiding, assisted by priests of the Diocese of Antigonish. Burial in St. Ninian’s cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home Foundation or the CNIB.
Rev. Murdoch Joseph MacLean
Rev. Murdoch Joseph MacLean, 88, of St. F.X. University, Antigonish, passed away Aug. 19, 2008, in St. Martha1s Regional Hospital, Antigonish, surrounded by his family members.
Born in Bay St. Lawrence, Victoria Co., he was a son of the late Capt. James and Alice (Capstick) MacLean.
Fr. Murdoch was a graduate of Bay St. Lawrence High School. He attended Provincial Normal School, Truro, graduating in 1939. He graduated with a BA degree from St. F.X.U. in 1946. He attended Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax and was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Ninian’s Cathedral on June 3, 1950, by Most Rev. John R. MacDonald. He then served as assistant on loan at Blacks Harbour, N.B. and at St. Bride’s parish, Camden Heath, Scotland. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from Fordam University, North York. He served on the staff of St. Francis Xavier University for over 34 years, mainly in the education department. During his tenure he also served on loan to the Arch Diocese of Ottawa at St. Lawrence Prepatory Seminary and later at St. Pius X Prepatory Seminary. Upon retirement, Fr. Murdoch assumed responsibility for Sunday Mass at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish.
He is survived by brother, Rev. James MacLean, Sydney; sister, Mrs. Mary (Sidney) Walsh, Sydney and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, Neil and Tom, sisters, Mary F. (Peter) Cooke, Alice (Alex) Cooke, Sr. James Marie MacLean, CSM and Evelyn Rita in infancy.
Visitation will be at Morrison Hall, St. F.X. University on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 1-6 p.m. from where the remains will be transferred to St. F.X. Chapel for a celebration of Vigil at 7 p.m., followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel with Most Reverend Raymond Lahey and priests of the Diocese presiding. Burial will follow in St. Ninian1s Cemetery, Antigonish.
Arrangements are entrusted to the C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com.
Reverend Gerald Joseph Power
Peacefully passed away at the age of 82 on January 27, 2008 at the RK MacDonald Guest Home in Antigonish.
Born in West Louisbourg (Old Town), he was the son of the late Alfred and Margaret (Kennedy) Power.
In 1951, after attending St. Basil’s Seminary in Toronto, he was ordained to the priesthood and returned to Louisbourg where he celebrated his inaugural mass as the first priest to be ordained from Stella Maris, his boyhood parish. He was a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University and Harvard University where he received a doctorate with academic distinction in classics. He was a longtime professor at St. FX and was renowned for his generous availability and wise counsel to students and alumni.
Upon retirement from teaching, he served with compassion and dedication for many years as the chaplain at St Martha’s Hospital and Bethany Motherhouse in Antigonish.
He will be fondly remembered as a gifted orator whose keen wit was a source of inspiration and joy to the recipients of his eloquence. His loving sister Margaret of Repentigny, Quebec and many nieces and nephews will sadly miss Father Gerry.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Leonard, Earl, Donald, Clement, Norman and Henry and sisters, Gertrude, Blanche and Winnifred.
The Vigil was held on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 7pm at StFX Chapel. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11am, Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at St. F.X. Chapel with Bishop Lahey presiding. Burial to take place in St. Ninian Cemetary at at later date.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks and a debt of gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the RK MacDonald Guest Home for their wonderful care and compassion.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Father can be made to the RK MacDonald Guest Home or a charity of choice.
“Quaecumque Sunt Vera”
Rev. Frank T. Gaul
The death occurred on May 18,. 2007, in Sydney of theRev. Frank T. Gaul, a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish.
Born in Sydney, Feb. 2, 1921, Fr. Gaul was the son of Thomas and Theresa (Wilcox) Gaul. He grew up in Glace Bay, attending St. Anne’s school. Fr. Gaul spent some time studying with the Redemptorist Order in Ontario,returning to study at St. FX UniversitY, from which he graduated in 1953.
Ordained June 15, 1957, by Bishop John R. MacDonald, he served on loan to the Diocese in Sept-Iles Qbec. for a year prior to being appointed to St. FX. During his time as a member of the Department of French there from 1958 to 1974, he took advantage of opportunities to study at Lava! University, the University of Paris and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Gaul left St. FX in 1974 to serve as parish priest in Stella Maris Parish, Creignish, and St. Michael’s Parish, River Ryan, retiring to St. FX in 1986.
Meanwhile, he served a term as a member of the Senate of Priests of the Diocese. In 1993 he took up residence in Xavier Apartments, Sydney, where he lived at the time of his death.
Fr. Gaul was at various times a scout leader, a military chaplain, a musician and singer with the Gaelic Choir and the Cape Breton Ukulele Strummers, and was an avid skier.
He was a chaplain to the Knights of Columbus and a past-president of the local Rotary Club in New Waterford. He also gave a number of missions and retreats across the continent, from Newfoundland to British Columbia as well as in the United States.
Fr. Gaul is survived by one sister, Martha Gillespie, Truro; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and Patrick and his sisters, Helen Nearing and Theresa.
Visitation will take place at the V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 16 Reserve St., Glace Bay, Monday from 2-4 p.m. Fr. Gaul's remains will then be transferred to st. Anne’s Church, Glace Bay, for a vigil service Monday evening at 7p.m.
The funeral mass will take place at St. Michael’s Church, River Ryan, Tuesday at 2 p.m.~ presided over by with priests of the diocese concelebrating. Interment will folllow in st. Michael’s Cemetery.
Following the mass all are welcome to join the family for a reception in the Gaul Centre on the lower level of the church.
As an expression of sympathy for Fr. Gaul, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed through the V.J. McGillivraY Funeral Homes website in New Waterford at www.vjmcgillivray.ca.
MacDONALD, Rev. Hector - 79, Summerside Road, Heatherton, Antigonish Co., passed away on February 13, 2007, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Born in North Sydney, he was a son of the late James and Ann Isabel (Gouthro) MacDonald. Father Hector was a graduate of St. Joseph's High School, North Sydney and St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. He studied at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax and was ordained to the priesthood in 1952. His first parish was Sacred Heart in Sydney where he served for nine years. He then served in parishes in Ingonish, Heatherton, Canso, Recovery House, Monastery, Frenchvale and Chaplain at Bethany Motherhouse, Antigonish. His last active parish was in St. Joseph's, Antigonish County.
Following retirement, Father Hector served the First Nation community at Paq'tnkek, Afton, Antigonish Co.
He is survived by sister, Sister Sylvia MacDonald, Bethany, Antigonish; brother, Lloyd, Ironville, Cape Breton; 12 favorite nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the Paq'tnkek First Nation Band Office after 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15th. The remains will be transferred to Immaculate Conception Church, Heatherton on Friday in time for Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with and priests of the diocese presiding. Burial in St. Ann's Cemetery, Summerside Road. On-line condolences: www.clcurry.com
BELLAND, Rev. Donald Edward - 78, formerly of Antigonish, passed away suddenly February 3, 2007, in Glen Haven Manor, New Glasgow. Born in Saskatoon, Sask., he was a son of the late David Joseph and Mary Marjorie (MacDonald) Belland, moving to Antigonish in 1940. Father Donald received his early education at Morrison High School, graduated from St. F.X. University with his B.A. degree and engineering diploma, and received his civil engineering degree from Indiana Tech. He spent a few years working as an engineer in Goose Bay, Labrador. Father Donald did his theology studies at St. Augustine's in Toronto. He was ordained on June 16, 1962, at St. Ninian Cathedral, by the late Bishop W.E. Power.
Following his ordination he served at St. Mary's Parish, East Bay, and (1963-1966). In 1967 he obtained his Master of Arts (Mathematics) from Boston University. In the summers of 1972 and 1973 he served at St. Anne's Parish, Glace Bay. He taught in the math department at St. F.X. University for 15 years.
He also served at Immaculate Conception, West Arichat, (1977); St. Johns Parish, New Glasgow (1978); St. Patrick's Parish, Lochaber, and attached missions of Giants Lake and Sherbrooke (1986), and St. Mary's Parish, Glendale (1987). Father Donald served St. Joseph's Parish, Russell Street, Halifax, on loan to the Halifax Archdiocese (1987-1994), he served in the Pastoral Care Department at the Victoria General Hospital, Camp Hill Medical Centre and Northwood Manor, retiring June 29, 1994. Surviving are brothers, Raymond (Eleanor), Antigonish; Maurice (Marie), Bathurst, N.B.; a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Greg and Arthur. Visitation 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Father Donald's earthly were transferred to St. Ninian's Cathedral, for Vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Rev. Angus MacDougall, Vicar General, Antigonish Diocese, presiding, with the priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Burial in St. Ninian Cemetery. Donations to the Scarboro Foreign Missions. On-line condolences may be sent to: email@example.com
FATHER ROBERT NEVILLE
Funeral services for the late Father Robert Neville, 63, St. Andrews, Antigonish County, were held January 23 it Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Father Angus MacDougall officiating, assisted by priests of the diocese. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.
Father Neville died January 18, 2007, in St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Joseph and Josephine (MacDonald) Neville. He received his early education in Sydney. He attended Xavier Junior College it Sydney and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. He completed his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax. Father Neville was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1968, at Holy Redeemer Church Whitney Pier, by Bishop William E. Power. Father Nevi11e was initially assigned to St. Theresa's Parish, Sydney, for the summer months and then to Mount Carmel Parish, Neu Waterford. He also studied at Boston University and at the University of British Columbia. He served on the faculty 01 St. Francis Xavier University. Other assignments included St. Ninian's, Antigonish; Stella Maris. Inverness; St. Joseph's, Port Hawkesbury; St. John the Baptist, Brook Village; St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Grand Mira; St. Agnes, New Waterford: and most recently parish priest of St. Andrew's Parish, St. Andrews.
He is survived by two brothers, Orville (Beverly) Newfoundland, Paul, Sydney; two sisters, Janice (Perry Peddle), New Minas; Patricia (Darryl) Crossman, Newo Minas.
Visitation was held at St. Andrews Parish in St. Andrews from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday with Vigil at 4:30 p.m. His body was transferred to Sydney Memorial Chapel for Visitation on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
His funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Redeemer Parish in Whitney Pier.
DeCOURCY, Reverend William
DeCOURCY, Reverend William - 82. The death occurred Saturday, November 25, 2006, in Glace Bay of Reverend Father William DeCourcy, a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish. Father DeCourcy was born in Sydney, a son of George A. and Nora (Donovan) DeCourcy. He received his early education at Sacred Heart School and Sydney Academy. Father DeCourcy was a veteran of the Second World War, having served overseas with the RCAF as Pilot Officer and air gunner. Following the war, he attended St. F.X. University and after graduation he began his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax.
On May 30, 1953, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John R. MacDonald, Bishop of Antigonish. Father DeCourcy was initially assigned to St. Theresa's Parish for the summer months. He was subsequently assigned to Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney, and later served in St. Magaret's Parish, Bay St. Lawrence, St. Joseph's, Margaree, St. Columba's. Lakevale, St. Paul's, Havre Boucher, Stella Maris, Louisbourg, and St. Leo's, Glace Bay. Father DeCourcy also served at St. F.X. University, as chaplain at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish and as part-time military chaplain.
In 1995, Father DeCourcy retired from full-time ministry and took up residence at Xavier Apartments in Sydney. More recently, he resided at Taigh Na Mara in Glace Bay. He is survived by sisters, Bertha (Rich) Bonelli, Long Island, N.Y.; Marie (Leonard) Dunn, Sydney; and by two brothers, George (Regina) and Jack (Theresa) both of Sydney, as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Father DeCourcy was predeceased by sisters Bernice, Rita, Eileen (MacEachern), Theresa (Moreau), as well as a brother, Thomas.
Visitation will take place at T.W. Curry, Parkview Chapel, Sydney, today from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. The remains will be transferred to Sacred Heart Church, George Street, Sydney, where a Bible Vigil service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, Rev. Angus MacDougall and priests of the Diocese concelebrating. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.
- A humble, but outstanding priest and leader, especially in different renewal programs, Father John MacLeod, 83, died in St. Martha's Hospital, Antigonish, on October 3, 2006. He was a son of the late John C. and Cassie (MacKinnon) MacLeod. Receiving his early education in Dunvegan, he graduated from St. F.X. University and studied at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, and was ordained on May 19, 1951.
After Ordination he was appointed Assistant in St. Anthony Parish, Glace Bay, and in 1957 became Pastor at St. Margaret Parish, West Bay Road. He was a Director for the Holy Name Society. In 1963, Father John was appointed to St. Joseph Parish, Dingwall, and in 1966 he was moved to St. Columba Parish, Iona. St. Michael Parish, New Waterford, received him as their Pastor in 1970 and, while there, was granted a year of study in Toronto. On his return he became Director of Gardiner Center and in 1985 went to Louisdale until 1991 when he was appointed to Stella Maris, Creignish, until he retired to Louisdale in 1998.
Father MacLeod is survived by sisters, Theresa, Halifax; Alice (late Jacques) Beaubien, Richmond, Que.; Catherine (Bob) Schiffmann, Boston, Mass.; Sister Evelyn, CND, Sydney; Christine (John) Deepdale, and brother, Dr. Charles W. (Sandi), Detroit. He was predeceased by sister, Sister Mary, CSM, and brother, Murdock. Visitation will take place in St. Margaret Church, Broad Cove, today beginning at 2 p.m. with a Vigil Service this evening at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on October 6 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Angus MacDougall, V.G., presiding with fellow priests concelebrating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be in Broad Cove at St. Margarets Church on October 5 at 2 p.m. with vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on October 6 at 11 a.m.
Right Rev. John Hugh GILLIS, DP,
Msgr. John Hugh Gillis, PhD
GILLIS:Right Reverend JOHN HUGH; 96, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, died Saturday, April 22,2006 at the Shiretown Nursing Home, Pictou. Born in Mac Kinnon’s Harbour, Victoria County, he was the son of the late Hugh N. and Mary Lucy (Mac Neil) Gillis. Monsignor Gillis received his early education at MacKinnon’s Harbour, and attended Iona High School and Sydney Academy following which he attended St. S.F.X. University. After graduating as leader of his class in 1930 he went on to the Gregorian University in Rome for his theological studies. He obtained his JCB and STL degrees there and was ordained on December 22, 1934 by Archbishop Palica in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Rome. Monsignor Gillis continued his studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, where he was awarded his Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Classics. Monsignor Gillis was appointed to the faculty of St. F.X. University in 1938, where he taught Classics and later Philosophy. He also served as University Registrar and later as Archivist. In 1994, St. F.X. University honoured him with a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree. In 2004, he was honoured by Pope John Paul, 11 with the title of Honorary Prelate of the Catholic Church. Surviving are his sister Mildred (William Mac Neil) Iona, and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Rose and Sister Mary Florence SC, and brothers Wilfred, Rev. Lex, OMI, Rev. Marcellinus, OMI, JohnY. Visitation was at Morrison Hall, St. F.X. University, 1 pm Monday, April 24. At 7pm the remains will be taken to St. F.X University Chapel where a Vigil service took place. Mass of Christian Burial, 11am Tuesday in the St. F.X. Chapel, Bishop Raymond Lahey, Bishop of Antigonish presided assisted by the Priests of the Diocese. Following the funeral mass, the remains were transferred to St. Columba Parish Church, Iona, with visitation, followed by mass, with burial at Scared Heart Mission Cemetery, Mac Kinnon’s Harbour.
Fr. Webb was born April 30, 1918, in Havre Boucher. He attended St. FX University, Antigonish, and St. Paul's Seminary in Ottawa. He was ordained a priest on June 8, 1946, in Havre Boucher by Cardinal James McGuigan of Toronto. He served as assistant priest in Havre Boucher, Sydney I Mines and Sydney. In 1952 he I was appointed part-time director of the Antigonish Diocesan Charities. He then completed his studies at the Maritime School of Social Work in Halifax, and was subsequently appointed full-time director of the Antigonish Diocesan Charities by the late Bishop John R. MacDonald. .
In 1959 Bishop MacDonald authorized him to begin Talbot House in Frenchvale. In 1972 he was appointed parish priest of St. Mary's, Frenchvale, and served in that capacity as well as director of Talbot House until 1976 when he was appointed to St. Andrew's, Boisdale. While at Boisda1e, he founded and directed Gillie House. .
Fr. Webb was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University and a member of the Order of Canada. .
He touched the lives of many persons. His goodness, love and profound respect for all were shared with people of many faiths and cultural backgrounds. He will be sorely missed by all with whom he shared 1ife's path. .
Fr. Webb is survived by sister-in-law, Teresa Bonvie; 13 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Willam Edward and, Mary El1en Webb, sister, Loretta Anderson, brothers, Berk, Xavier, Stephen (who died overseas in the Second World War), sister-in-law Eleanor, brother-in-law, Hyland Anderson, niece, Lois Webb, and nephew, William Webb. .
Visitation for the late Fr. John Webb will be he1d Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7-9 p.m. in St. Andrew's Church, Boisda1e. His remains will be transferred to Sacred Heart Church, Sydney, where visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 2•4 and 7-9 p.m. There will be a Bible vigil Wednesday at 730 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday at 2 p.m. in Sacred Heart Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Frenchvale. .
Family flowers only by request. Memorial donations may made to Talbot House or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fr. Angus Daniel "Donnie Angus" MacDonald
The family of Fr. Donnie Angus are deeply saddened to annouce his sudden passing on Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born in Sydney Forks, he was the son of the late Ambrose and Lena (MacInnis) MacDonald.
Ordained May 27, 1961, he served in parishes of St. Joseph's, SouthWest Margaree, St. Anne's, Glace Bay, Holy Redeemer, Sydney, as curate and has been with the Association of Hermits, since its beginnings in 1976.
He never forgot his roots In Sydney Forks. He loved farming and was well known for growing good turnip.
He is survived by his sisterin-law, Peggy, with whom he resided; a niece, Lena, Antigonish; a nephew, Ambrose, Sydney Forks; brother:in-Iaw, Gerald Brennan., San Matto, Calif.
He was predeceased by sister, Katie (Catherine Brennan), two brothers, Laughie and Fr. Bernie A.
Visitation took place Wednesday, Sept. 21; 2005, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hermitage at MacAdams Lake, after which his remains were transferred to St. Mary's Church, East Bay, Wednesday, Sept 21, for evening visitation 7 - 9p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 2 -4 and 7-9 p.m. with a vigil at 7:30.PM. Funeral Mass win be celebrated at 2p.m. Friday,Sept 23,2005, With burial to follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Online condolences may be sent to our web page at: www.chantfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the directions of Chant Funeral Home.
MacFARLANE, Rev. Alexander Douglas
MacFARLANE, Rev. Alexander Douglas - 83, St. Peter's. The death of Rev. Alexander Douglas MacFarlane, retired priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, occurred in Richmond Villa, St. Peter's on August 12, 2005. Born in Port Hastings, he was a son of the late Murdoch A. and Catherine (MacDougall) MacFarlane. He received his early education in Port Hastings and later attended high school in Port Hood and Port Hawkesbury. He graduated from St. F.X. University and did his theological training at Holy Heart Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1952. During his priestly ministry, he served in various parishes as curate, administrator and parish priest. He served as assistant at Stella Maris, Pictou; St. Joseph, Reserve Mines, and St. Joseph, Sydney. In 1960, he was appointed Parish Priest at St. Ann, Thorburn, followed by pastorates at Our Lady of Sorrow, Gannon Road; St. Joseph, Antigonish County; Holy Cross, Glace Bay, and St. Mary, East Bay, from which he retired in 1987. The last member of his immediate family, he is survived by in-laws, J. Laughlin MacDougall, Sydney, and Carol MacFarlane, Ottawa, Ont. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, John (Isabel) and Dougall (Carol); sisters, Sarah (Laughlin) MacDougall and Mary. Visitation was in St. Mary's Church, East Bay, today from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, August 16, from 12 p.m. until time of funeral at 2 p.m. with Rev. Angus MacDougall, Vicar General and other priests concelebrating. Burial in the parish cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church Renovation Fund, East Bay; Richmond Villa, St. Peter's or a charity of choice.
Monsignor Robert Donnelly
Monsignor Robert Donnelly, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Antigonish, died in St. Martha’s Hospital Friday morning, May 13.
Monsignor Donnelly, aged 97, had only last year been recognized by Pope John Paul II for his long service to the Church by being made a Prelate of Honour.
Monsignor Donnelly was born in Cambuslang, Scotland, on November 22, 1907, one of eight children, the son of the late Robert and Mary Ann (McPartland) Donnelly. As a young child, he moved with his family to Canada, settling in the New Aberdeen area of Glace Bay. He received his early education at St. John’s School and his high school education at Glace Bay High School, after which he attended St. Mary’s University, graduating in 1929.
Monsignor Donnelly did his theological training at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax where he was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1934, by Bishop Thomas J. O’Donnell. During the years of his priestly ministry, Monsignor Donnelly served at St. John the Baptist Parish, New Aberdeen; St. Anne, Thorburn; Holy Rosary, Westmount; and St. Peter, Tracadie. He retired from this last pastorate in 1977 but established his permanent residence in the village from which he continued to serve parishes when called upon to do so. He was Administrator of St. Augustine, Sydney; Holy Guardian Angels, L’Ardoise; and Star of the Sea, Canso. Monsignor Donnelly also worked for ten years in St. George’s Diocese, Newfoundland, relieving priests there for vacations, illnesses and other absences. He was a part-time Chaplain in the Naval Reserve of Canada from 1949 to 1967.
Monsignor Donnelly was greatly loved by the people in the parishes where he worked and was appreciated and respected by his fellow priests for his kindness and generosity to them over his years of service.
Rev. Daniel Alphonsus "Phonse "DOYLE,
The Diocese of Antigonish is mourning the death of a beloved priest, Rev, D.A. Doyle. Father Doyle was born February 14, 1916, in Margaree Forks, son of the late Michael and Bertha (McGarry) Doyle. He received his early education in Margaree and attended Mabou High School, St. Mary's College, Halifax, and St. F.X. University, Antigonish. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he began his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax.
Father Doyle was ordained to the priesthood on June 7, 1941, by Archbishop John A. McNally, in Halifax. Father Doyle served as an Assistant at Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney (1941-49), was a founding parish priest of Our Lady Of Fatima Parish, Sydney River (1949-61), served as Rector of St. Ninian Cathedral Parish, Antigonish (1961-70) and parish priest at St. Theresa, Sydney (1970-80).
In addition to these pastoral responsibilities, Father Doyle was Dean of the Sydney Deanery, was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese in 1977 and in 1980 he was assigned to the Chancery Office as Vicar General- Administration and Chancellor responsible for all Diocesan programs. Throughout his years of service in the Diocese, Father Doyle served on numerous committees. He was a member of the Diocesan Council of Priests, the College of Consultors, Diocesan and Provincial Chaplain and Director of the Catholic Women's League, a 4th Degree Member of Msgr H. Gillis Assembly, Council No. 1105, Knights of Columbus.
Father Doyle retired from his official parochial and diocesan administrative responsibilities in 1986, but continued in his retirement to remain active in providing pastoral whenever he was needed, especially to the senior residents at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home. Along with his brother priests at Mockler Hall, where he resided, he was revered as a priest who never refused a legitimate request from his Bishop or brother priests.
Surviving are nieces, Shirley (Peter) Davidson, Marilyn (Robert Price); nephews, Bertram (Helen) Doyle, Gerard (Lorraine) Doyle; grandniece, Melanie Price; grandnephews, Paul (Kelly), Michael, Matthew and Blair Doyle, John Price. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary Pope, Frances Morrison; brothers, Rev. Gerard Doyle, Bernard, Bertram and Augustine.
Visitation 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. Monday in MacIsaac Funeral Home, 61 Pleasant St., Antigonish. Transfer to St. Ninian Cathedral for Vigil at 7 p.m. Monday. Liturgy of Christian Burial was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ninian Cathedral with presiding. Burial at a later date in the parish cemetery. www.MacIsaacs.caRev. Roderick Colonel MacLeod
The diocese of Antigonish is in mourning at the death of one of its most beloved priests, Rev. Roderick Colonel MacLeod. Fr. MacLeod died peacefully at the MacGillivary Guest Home, where he had been living for the past several years.
Born in Dunvegan, Inverness Co., he was the son of the late Donald Joseph and Mary Belle (Collins) MacLeod, Fr. MacLeod received his early education in Dunvegan and completed his high school studies in Inverness. Later he graduated from St. FX. University.
Fr. MacLeod answered a call to the priesthood in 1944 and began his theological studies at Holy Heart Seminary. He was ordained in Halifax on June 12, 1949, by the Most Reverend Archbishop James T. McNally. Fr. MacLeod's first appointment was an assistant in the parish of St. Andrew's, Boisdale and the mission of Frenchvale. From then until his retirement as parish priest in Creignish, Fr. MacLeod served the church in various capacities as administrator, assistant and parish priest in St. Joseph, Bras d'Or,St. Augustine, Sydney, St. Charles, Port Felix, Stella Maris, Inverness, St. Margaret of Scotland, Arisag and St. Joseph, North Sydney.
He also served as Dean ( VIcar Forane) in Inverness and Antigonish deanery and administrator of Xavier Apartments for priests in Sydney. Fr. MacLeod is survived by his sister, Aurelia, Edmonton, Kay (late Jack) Grant, North Bay, Sr. Ann, Holy Angels Convent, Sydney, Margaret(late Rannie) MacLellan, New Waterford; three brothers, Alex (late Pearl), Vancouver, Rod (Chris) Dunvegan, Fr. Angus, Sydney. He was predeceased by brothers, John D., Donald, Collins and Finlay (in infancy).
Visitation for the late Fr.MacLeod, was held today (Monday) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in TW Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George St., Sydney. A vigil service was held Monday at 7:30 p.m. The late Fr. MacLeod was transferred to Stella Maris Church, Creignish, Tuesday with visitation being held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Bible vigil was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Stella Maris. Funeral mass was held Wednesday in Stella Maris Church at 2 p.m. with officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at Fr. Colonel MacLeod's Family
Rev. Fr. Regis HALLORAN, February 7, 2005
HALLORAN, Rev. William Regis - 69, former parish priest of Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, New Glasgow, passed away Monday, February 7, 2005. Born in Guysborough, he was a son of the late William and Loretta (Flynn) Halloran. He was a graduate of Guysborough Academy, and received a BA from St. Francis Xavier University.
Following graduation from St. Francis Xavier University, he completed studies for the priesthood at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto. After ordination in 1960, he was an assistant at St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish; St. Pius X Parish, Sydney Mines, and St. Theresa's, Sydney. He also directed the Gardiner Renewal Center in Gardiner Mines from 1970 to 1975. He chaired the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and the Atlantic Liturgical Conference. In 1975, Father Halloran chaired the Holy Year Committee. He earned a MA from Notre Dame University in Liturgical Studies in 1979. He was also a past member of the Senate of Priests and committees which included retreat, continuing education, general assembly of clergy, organizational development and Diocesan Priorities. Father Halloran also served as director of mass for shut-ins.
From 1980-1985, he was director of the National Litugical Office of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and was a member of the organizing committee for the 1984 Papal Visit to Canada. He was pastor at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Port Hawkesbury from 1985-1992. From 1992-1995, he was Chancellor at the Diocese of Antigonish. From 1995, until his retirement in September 2004, he was pastor at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in New Glasgow. He was also on the board of directors of the Antigonish Casket.
He is survived by sister, Veronica Halloran, Inverness; brothers, Ronan (Ann), Montreal; Eldon (Sarah), Guysborough; nieces and nephews, Michael (Joanne) Halloran, Thomas (Catherine) Halloran, Mark Halloran, Catherin (Doug) Mitchell, Stephen (Karyn) Blackburn, David Blackburn, Karen (Robert) McDermid, Regis (Connie) Halloran, John (Verna) Halloran; 12 great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sister, Eileen Blackburn; grandniece, Alayna Dawn Halloran.
Visitation was held at R.H. Porter Funeral Home, New Glasgow. His remains were transferred to Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church for a vigil service at 7 p.m. Thursday with funeral mass at 2 p.m. on Friday. Burial was in Saint Ann's Cemetery, Guysborough at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family flowers only. Donations in his memory may be made to Saint Ann's Cemetery Fund, Guysborough, Saint Joseph's Society (Diocese of Antigonish Priest Pension Fund) or a charity of choice.
Fr. Alex Ross dies suddenly
Reverend Alexander A. Ross, long time pastor of St. Barra Parish, Christmas Island, and retired for the last several years, died suddenly in Dominion on Tuesday, April 6.
At the time of his retirement, Fr. Ross had been one of the longest serving priests of the Diocese. Besides St. Barra Parish, he had served in the parishes of
Mines, St. Alphonsus, Victoria , Bras d’Or, St Andrew, Boisdale, St. Michael, Margaree and Holy Family, Eskasoni. It was, however, the parish of St. Barra where he served the longest, having gone there in 1950 and staying until 1998. As a Gaelic speaker, he was well suited to a parish whose people were predominantly of Scottish origin. His service to his parishioners there was legendary, not only in relation to their spiritual welfare but also in other community affairs such as board of trade, new fire department and the establishment of the highway crossing at St. Joseph . Grand Narrows
Fr. Ross was also known for his service to the residents of the Northside Community Guest Home, Alderwood Guest Home in Baddeck, and
in Sydney Mines. Harbourview Hospital
Upon retirement, Fr. Ross chose to remain living among the people he so loved in
Christmas Islanduntil, with failing health, he moved to Dominion to live there with relatives.
Bishop Raymond Lahey, speaking on the occasion of the death of Fr. Ross, lamented that he had known him for only a short time, although he was very familiar with his reputation as a dedicated priest, loved not only by his parishioners but by the priests of the Diocese of Antigonish and beyond. His was a ministry that embraced every facet of the life of his people.
Funeral and burial of Fr. Ross will take place Tuesday at in St. Barra Church,
The Most Reverend William Edward Power
The Most Reverend William Edward Power, former bishop of Antigonish, passed peacefully away, November 29th 2003 at Bethany, Antigonish, where he was in residence, . He was 88, and had served as Bishop of Antigonish from 1960 until his resignation in 1986.
Bishop Power was born in Montreal on September 27, 1915, son of Nicholas Walter and Bridget Elizabeth (Callaghan) Power. After studies at le Grand Séminaire de Montréal, he was ordained a priest on June 7, 1941. In Montreal he was active as a chaplain to the Young Christian Workers Movement (YCW), a movement in which he maintained a lively interest all his life. He held several other pastoral appointments in Montreal, including the appointment as parish priest of St. Jean de Brébeuf Parish. At the time of his nomination as bishop he was Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Bishop Power was appointed Bishop of Antigonish on May 12, 1960, was ordained a bishop in Montreal on July 20 of the same year, and was formally installed in Antigonish on August 10. He was one of the last remaining bishops in Canada who took part as a bishop in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). In the years following the Council he was one of the leaders of the Church in Canada in implementing its reforms, serving as Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops in 1969-1971, and as its President from 1971-1973. He was elected the first President of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly in 1972, and a representative from Canada to the Synod of Bishops in Rome on evangelization in 1974. He also served as a member of several commissions of the C.C.C.B., including the Social Affairs Commission that produced the major document 'Ethical Reflections on the Economic Crisis' in 1982.
In his service to the Diocese of Antigonish, Bishop Power was active in promoting social justice, the involvement of the laity, pastoral renewal and the ongoing formation of the clergy. As bishop he served also as Chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University, which awarded him an honourary doctorate in 1989, and in 1999 named after him 'Power Hall,' one of its new residences. He resigned as Bishop of Antigonish on December 9, 1986, but continued to serve as diocesan administrator until the installation of his successor, Bishop Colin Campbell, on March 17, 1987. In his retirement he lived at St. Francis Xavier University, until very recently when he took up residence at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Martha at Bethany, Antigonish.
The present bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish, today paid tribute to his predecessor. He said: 'Bishop Power was a remarkably talented person, both as an individual and a churchman, who put his considerable abilities at the service of the Church and the world at every level: diocesan, national, and universal. His promotion of the role and mission of the laity in bringing the message of Christ into the environment in which they lived was for him a life-long calling to which he never ceased to be devoted. His real enthusiasm for the renewal of the Church advocated by Vatican II and his broad understanding of the work and documents of the Council will never be forgotten by anyone who encountered him. His personal qualities of a deep spirituality, constant good humor, and an enduring hope in God enabled him to leave to us all a rich and lasting legacy.'
Bishop Power was survived by one brother, Kevin (Madelaine), of Halifax, three Sisters who are religious of the Sacred Heart, Sisters Elizabeth and Margaret of Halifax, and Sister Mary of Montreal, as well as a number of nephews and nieces.
Bishop Power’s remains were received at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, on Monday evening, December 1, at 7:00 p.m., when Evening Prayer for the Dead was celebrated. The remains laid in wake in the Cathedral until the funeral liturgy, which took place on Wednesday morning, the feast of St. Francis Xavier, at 11:00 a.m., with burial in St. Ninian’s Cemetery. On Tuesday evening, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. the vigil service was celebrated.
JEWELL, Rev. John Robert
JEWELL, Rev. John Robert - 77, Guysborough Intervale, died Thursday, February 3, 2005, in Guysborough Memorial Hospital. Born in Louisbourg, he was a son of the late Donald R. and Alice Mae (Cordeau) Jewell. He received his early education in Louisbourg, graduated from Teacher's College, Truro, taught in Louisbourg and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. He entered Holy Cross Seminary, Halifax and was ordained on April 13, 1958, in St. Mary's Basilica, Halifax. In 1958, he was appointed assistant in Star of the Sea Parish, Canso; in 1961 he was appointed assistant of Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney; in 1963, he joined the staff of St. Pius X Seminary; 1964 saw him appointed assistant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Stellarton and he was later appointed assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish, Bridgeport; in 1965, he became assistant and administrator of St. Joseph's Parish, Port Hawkesbury; he was appointed Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Eskasoni, in 1966 and Pastor of St. Anthony's Parish, Glace Bay, in 1971; in 1977, he became Pastor of St. Ann's Parish, Guysborough and attached missions in Guysborough Intervale and Salmon River; in 1978, he was appointed to the Senate of Priests for a two year term and started a three year term with the personnel board in 1980; in 1989, he was placed as Pastor in St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood, retiring in 1994 and residing in Guysborough Intervale. Surviving are sisters, Mabel Fleet, Harbourstone Enhanced Care, Sydney; Rose (Len) Calver, London, England; Olive Harte, Glace Bay; Marie Dilney, Sydney; brother, Alphonse, Boucherville, Que.; numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Margaret (George) Maxner, Viola (Les) Ball, Cecelia (Bill) LeVatte; brothers-in-law, Michael Dilney and Alan Harte. Visitation was 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. Sunday in Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Guysborough, then transferred to St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Guysborough Intervale, for a vigil service at 7 p.m. and the funeral mass at 2:30 p.m. Monday, with Vicar General Father Angus MacDougall officiating. Concelebrating was other priests of the diocese. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Donations in memory of Father John may be made to St. Patrick's Cemetery Fund, Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation, Ladies Auxiliary of the Guysborough Memorial Hospital, or a charity of choice. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at: www.haverstocks.com
MOMBOURQUETTE, Rev. James A.MOMBOURQUETTE, Rev. James A. - Rev. James Mombourquette, a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, died on May 5, 2005, in King City, Ont. Father Mombourquette was born in Rockdale, Richmond Co., on July 26, 1932, a son of Charles and Veronique Mombourquette. After high school graduation he went to St. Anne's College, Church Point, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1955. Subsequently he studied for the priesthood at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, and was ordained on June 16, 1962, by Bishop William Power. During his priesthood Father Mombourquette served as Associate in St. Hyacinth Parish, D'Escousse, St. Joseph's, Petit de Grat, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton.
He served as Pastor in D'Escousse, St. Louis Parish, Louisdale, St. Peter's, Larry's River, St. Joseph's, Petit de Grat, St. Mary's, Big Pond, and St. Michael's, Margaree. He also spent a year on faculty of St. F.X. University. Meanwhile, he had served two terms on the Senate of Priests of the diocese, as well as having assisted on the Marriage Tribunal. Father Mombourquette spent his later years in retirement, first in Monastery, and then in Marylake, Ont. Father Mombourquette is survived by one sister, Anne Marie, St. Isidore, N.B. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Douglas. Father Mombourquette was buried in King City, Ont., on May 10, following a funeral mass concelebrated by a number of priests from Antigonish Diocese.
Helen (MacLean) TAYLOR
TAYLOR (MacLean), Helen Madonna - It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Helen Taylor, of Brown Street, Sydney Mines, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Born in Sydney Mines, she was the daughter of the late John Benedict and Annie Catherine (MacKenzie) MacLean. She attended Acadia University as a student of Recreation and Physical Education and subsequently worked as recreation coordinator in Canning and Sydney Mines.
Later, after years spent at home raising her three children, she became a member of IATSE local 849. This allowed her to work in the film industry with her husband, Emmanuel, on numerous projects throughout Nova Scotia.
Helen was most recently employed by the Diocese of Antigonish at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Sydney, and was instrumental in organizing World Youth Day pilgrimages to Toronto, Germany and most recently Australia. She was in the process of completing her Certificate in Youth Ministry through St. Francis Xavier University. Helen was a member of St. Pius X parish, and a very active volunteer in her community. She gave freely of her time and talents as director of the adult and funeral choir up until her illness. She was an associate member of the Sisters of St. Martha, past member of the Catholic Women's League, and served as a Scouts Canada Leader with the 6th St. Pius X Beacer Colony and Cub Pack for many years. She was also involved as past member and president of the St. Joseph Elementary School Parent Support Group.
Music was a lifelong passion for Helen. She began to sing as a child and joyfully shared this talent with all those who were fortunate to know her, singing for many weddings, local concerts and family gatherings. Music filled her room as she prepared for the end of life's journey. She was a talented instrumentalist who was able to turn her hand to a variety of instruments, especially the guitar. She composed songs with thoughtful lyrics and musical arrangements full of beautiful harmonies. Helen was a past member of the Pipes and Drums of the Gaelic Society of Cape Breton as a piper and played tuba in the Memorial High School Band. Helen's friendship was a gift treasured by many. She had a special connection to children and showered them with unconditional love. She eagerly anticipated the birth of her first grandchild at the end of the month. Our loss is truly great.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Emmanuel, and children, Kate, Sydney Mines; Nicholas Aaron and Margaret Jesse, both at home. She is also survived by brothers and sisters, Ben (Carmie), Washabuck; Neil (Gale), Burlington, Ont.; Lauchie (Sharon), Millville; Sheila (Earl) McInnis, Bras d'Or; Peter (Marlene), Stellarton; Betty (Greg) Young, Sharon MacLean, Shane (Barbara), Debbie (Allan) MacDougall, Sydney Mines; Pius (Caroline), Wetaskiwin, Alta.; Terry, Halifax; Paul (Caroline), Lower Sackville; Adele (Seamus) Britton, Don Mills, Ont. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Craig Reid, Truro, and numerous aunts and uncles. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by children, Emmanuel Osmond Jr. and Emma Adele, as well as four siblings in infancy and in recent years, Mary Jacqueline (Jackie), Mrs. Craig Reid and Francis Alexander.
Visitation will be held today 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in St. Pius X Parish, Main Street, Sydney Mines. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Father Conrad Edwards officiating. Burial to take place in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Washabuck. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Francis Funeral Home, Sydney Mines. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice. On-line condolences may be sent to: email@example.com