Obituaries of Diocesan Clergy, 2015-2019

 "I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

"Ephesians 3: 18-20"


Father Fredrick A. Morley 96 – Sydney. Father Fredrick A. Morley died at the age of 96 years on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at his residence. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. A native of Glace Bay Father Fred was the son of the late Joseph H. Morley and Agnes (Curry) Morley. After attending St. Anne's School and graduating from Glace Bay High, Father Fred received a Bachcelor of Arts Degree from St.F.X. University. Following his studies at St.F.X., Father Fred entered Holy Heart Seminary In Halifax and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Antigonish in 1948.

His pastoral appointments in the Diocese included Mount Carmel, New Waterford, Sacred Heart, Johnstown; St. Peters, Tracadie; Stella Maris, Pictou; St. Pauls, Harve Boucher; Holy Rosary, Westmount; and St. Columba, Iona. From 1990-92 Father Fred's Ministry took him to the Diocese of Edmonton where he served as Pastor in Jasper Alberta. Since his retirement, Father Fred has helped out in various parishes throughout the Diocese of Antigonish. He also said Sunday Mass for residents of Harbourstone Nursing Home, Sydney, in recent years. Pastoral ministry was Father Fred's strength and he lived his faith in his daily interaction with parishioners. He had a great zest for life and loved the people he served in God's name. Father Fred was predeceased by siblings Joseph, Dr. Mary, William, Tersea, John, James, Fr. Frank, Charles, Monica, Sisters Agnes and Alice, Sisters of Charity and Father Tom. Father Fred is survived by many nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews. Visitation for Father Fred Morley will take place at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney on Thursday June 6, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. On Friday June 7, remains will be transferred to St. Anne's Church Glace Bay for visitation at noon. A funeral mass will follow at 2 pm with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding and the priests of the Diocese concelebrating.

Fr Gerald Curry SFM

Father Gerald Curry, SFM a warm and gentle man of God, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2019, surrounded by family, friends and caregivers at the CND Health Care Centre, MacGillivray Guest Home, Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was in his 85th year. Born in Sydney on August 6, 1934, Fr. Curry was the adoptive son of John and Margaret (Gillis) Curry. He was ordained to the Scarboro Foreign Mission Society on August 21, 1960, and spent his first 15 years of priesthood in Japan. He returned to Canada to serve as Editor of Scarboro Missions magazine, a position he held from 1975-1979 and again from 1989-2003. He was elected to Society leadership as a member of the General Council from 1978-1982. Through his work as Editor, his involvement in the Canadian Church media, and as one of the founders of the Central Mission Conference, he promoted mission education, focusing on social justice, the integrity of creation, the empowerment of women, refugees and all who are poor and marginalized. He was also instrumental in establishing Scarboro Missions’ interfaith ministry beginning in 1996. Restless for the Reign of God, Fr. Curry was an outspoken witness to the Gospel and to “the things that make for peace” (Luke 19:42). He is survived by his sister Carol; brother-in-law Ernie Gilhen, and their children; Jennifer, Mark and Scott (Jen) of Halifax; brother John (late Theresa) of Reno, Nevada; and brother Donnie Ward, Sydney, with whom Fr. Curry resided for 16 years following his retirement from Scarboro Missions. He is predeceased by his parents; brothers Cecil, Francis and Donald (Alice); sisters Eleanor Curry and Margaret (William) Ward. Fr. Curry resided at Parkland retirement residence in Sydney from 2016 until he was transferred to MacGillivray Guest Home shortly before his death. Special thanks and abundant blessings to the Sisters of Notre Dame and to all caregivers who looked after Fr. Gerry in his end of life journey. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. at Presentation Manor, the Scarboro Missions new residence at 61 Fairfax Street, Scarborough, Ontario. Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2019, 2-4 p.m. at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, 755 George Street, Sydney. Fr. Curry will be welcomed at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish church, 40 Cabot Street, Sydney, at 7 p.m. Monday for an evening Prayer Vigil. The Funeral Mass will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the church foyer. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.


Father Thomas Howard Lathigee

Rev. Thomas Howard Lathigee, 85, of Windsor St., Sydney, formerly of Main-A-Dieu, passed away peacefully on Saturday February 9th, 2019, at CND Health Care Center in Sydney. Born October 1st 1933, he was the son of the late Thomas and Rose (Burke) Lathigee. After graduating from St. FX in 1955, he attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained to Priesthood May 23 1959 at St Ninian Cathedral, by Rev J.R. MacDonald, Bishop of Antigonish. Father Tom, known to many as Father Howard, started his career as a parish priest at St. Anthony Daniel in Sydney in 1959. He also served at Immaculate Conception, Bridgeport; St. Joseph’s, SW Margaree; St. John’s, Glace Bay; Archdiocese of Halifax, St. Joseph’s, Dingwall; St. Margaret’s, St. Margarets Village; St. Margaret’s, Grand Mira; Star of the Sea, Canso; Dean of Gusyborough Deanery, SW and NE Margaree, St. Mary’s, Port Morien; St. Joseph’s, Reserve Mines, and retiring in 1999 Louisbourg and Mira Ferry Parishes. He was also the spiritual director of the CWL and the Chaplin of Branch 62 Legion. Although Fr. Tom retired in 1999, he continued to administer at St. Mary’s Polish Church in Whitney Pier, where he was proud to have acquired some of the polish language. Fr. Tom took pride in his appearance and his passion for staying healthy and active. He enjoyed skating, hockey, snow shoeing, skiing, kayaking and canoeing and his daily walks in nature. He played guitar and loved to sing. Fr. Tom joined a group “Circle of Friends” and played at various nursing homes in the city. He joined the choir at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys where he enjoyed both singing and friendships. Fr. Tom is survived by his brother Arnold (Karen) Halifax, and Brother in law, John O’Halloran, Ottawa, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by sisters, Leona, Thelma, Marguerite, Bernice and Rose Marina. Special Thanks to the CND and staff, where he was compassionately cared for. Visitation will take place Tuesday February 12, 2019 at TW Curry Parkview Chapel, from 2-4 pm, and a Prayer Vigil at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys at 7 pm. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating, on Wednesday February 13, 2019 at 11am. Reception to follow, with internment in Main-A-Dieu at a later date.


Father Peter Paul Piva

Rev. Peter Piva of Sydney passed away peacefully at the age of 86, on February 8, 2019 at Harbourstone Enhanced Care. Born in Glace Bay to the late Angelo and Gina Piva. Father Peter was a brother, a comforter, a counsellor, and a wise spiritual director. He lived a humble simple life with a fantastic wit. Father Peter loved God, and lived his life as a Shepard of the faith, and was loved by all. Peter graduated from St. FX and went on to St. Paul’s seminary, he was ordained into the Priesthood at the age of 25. He spent his 40 plus years as a priest serving at 5 parishes in Nova Scotia, primarily in Cape Breton. Father Peter was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and helped to facilitate in many Catholic women’s prayer groups. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, especially Lenard Aucoin, his childhood best friend of 80 years. Father Peter is survived by his sisters Elsa Smith, Pasadena CA, Esther Boulton, Trenton, On, and his brother Gus Piva, Ottawa On, and many nieces and nephews. Father Peter was predeceased by his parents and his sister Louise Fielding. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s in Reserve Mines, 2:30pm on Wednesday February 13th, with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating. Reception to follow, with internment at a later date



Father Francis Jobe Abbass

Father Francis Jobe Abbass, son of the late Jobe Tanus Abbass and Lily (Khattar) Abbass of Sydney, Nova Scotia passed away on January 24, 2019, at Saint Mary’s Parish, East Bay, Nova Scotia where he has served as Parish Priest since 1990.   Born on February 3, 1931, Father Frank was educated in Sydney, attending Saint Joseph School and Sydney Academy. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier in 1951 he attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955.   From Sydney Academy; to St. F.X. University: to Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax: to studying and receiving an M.A. in religious Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; to studying at Lumen Vitae in Brussels; to a sabbatical tour that took him to London, Switzerland, Nairobi and Beirut Lebanon; to attending as Canada’s English-speaking Representative at UNDA, the world conference of Catholic communicators in Quito, Ecuador, Father Frank was well prepared for his work in education and pastoral work.

Fr. Frank started as a Parish Priest at St. Pius X in Sydney Mines, where he organized the youth, directed a parish musical “The Dixie Minstrels” and helped build the St. Pius Recreational Park, which was opened by the most famous hockey player of the time, Rocket Richard. He served as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Antigonish, where he worked with 1100 teachers to renew Religious Education across the Diocese, establishing and conducting programs and seminars in Religious Education throughout the Maritimes. In 1963 Father Frank initiated and produced the televised Mass for Shut-ins, the longest running, religious TV program in Canada. He acted as Director of pastoral planning the Papal Visit to Canada in 1984 and served as Vocational Director for the Diocese of Antigonish. In 1990 he became Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in East Bay, a role he lovingly carried out for over 30 years until his death. During his busy priesthood, Father Frank found time to be President of the Council of Association for the Mentally Challenged, to teach World Religions at the College of Cape Breton, to play a role in having the Canadian Catechism published; to put on teach-ins on religious education, to publish a newsletter ”Catechesis”, to organize a radio program “Catholic Accent”, bringing news to 14,000 listeners; to serve as advisor to Radio-Canada (French CBC) regarding religious broadcasting and to serve as the Chairman of the Children’s Broadcast Institute. Father Abbass has been a priest for 63 years, something to be celebrated. There has been a quality of “celebration” in all that Father Frank has done throughout his priesthood. Father Frank didn’t just administer the sacraments – he celebrated them with the people and made them more meaningful and spiritual for his particular participation. In gratitude we celebrate the completion this long and productive life.

Besides his parents Father Frank was predeceased by his brothers Joseph, Ferris, George and John and his sister Philomena Hanna. He is survived by brothers, Tony, Moncton, and Cyril, Toronto, and by his sisters Annie Hashem, Katherine Huskey, Sydney, Mary MacDonald, Victoria, BC and Sister Simone Abbass, Sydney. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews for whom he was Uncle Father Frank. Also left to mourn are the many cousins and relatives of the Lebanese community of Cape Breton.   Special gratitude is offered by the family to the people of St. Mary’s Parish who collaborated with and supported Father Frank throughout his years among them. He prided himself on being the oldest parish priest active in the diocese, a tribute to their loyalty to the parish community and its pastor.

Visitation will took place on Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019 from 1 – 4 pm at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney with a Vigil Service at St. Mary’s Church East Bay at 7:00 pm.   Funeral mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Dunn at 2:00 pm on Monday January 28 at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Sydney River with a reception to follow. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date.

 Fr Angus Morris

Father Angus Roderick Morris

Father Angus R. Morris, age 81, passed away on November 24th, 2018, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.   Born on December 17th, 1936, he was a son of the late Florence (MacDonald) and Patrick Morris.   Father Angus was honored to share his birth date with Pope Francis.   He began his education in Colindate School, then attended Port Hood Academy.   After high school, he worked for severla years in farming and fishing with his father.   He also experienced work in the mines in Elliot Lake, Ontario.   In 1958 he began a B.A. program at St. F. X. After his graduation in 1962, he entered the Eudist Seminary in Halifax and was ordained a priest by Bishop William Power on May 19, 1966.   Throughout most of the 52 years of his priesthood, Father Angus served in various parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish. For seven years he worked in the Latin American Apostolate in Honduras. He loved and was loved in all the parishes in which he served. He was gifted with a great facility for recalling people’s names which was much appreciated especially by the elderly and youth.

Father Angus was gifted with a special love for the sick and shut-ins and spent many hours ministering to them. He was also blessed with a beautiful gift of music which he shared with people of all ages. He was proud to direct The Cape Breton Fiddlers for a period of time. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed sharing stories with his friends. His ability for delivering the Gospel message in a concise way was a gift recognized by his congregations. He cherished being a priest and was most thankful to God for being chosen to follow Jesus in this most special calling.

Father Angus is survived by sisters, Catherine, CND, Sydney; Mary, CND, Halifax and Teresa (John vanZutphen) Port Hood; brothers: Father Eugene, Harbour View and Joseph (Mary MacLellan) of Port Hood. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.   Father Angus was predeceased by his sister, Loranna Chisholm (Bill); brothers, Alexander (Catherine), Hugh (Terry) and three infant brothers.

Visitation was held in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood on Monday, November 26th from 7-9 pm and on Tuesday, November 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.   A Prayer Vigil will took place at 8:45pm on Tuesday in the Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Dunn assisted by Rev. Eugene Morris and priests of the Diocese at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be at a later date.


Father Roderick Bernard MacDonald

Rev. Roderick Bernard ‘R.B.’ MacDonald, age 86, passed away on October 27, 2018 in Green Meadows Community Residence for Seniors, North Grant, Antigonish County. Born on January 10, 1932 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Angus Charles and Mary (MacIntyre) MacDonald. Fr. R.B. served the diocese of Antigonish for more than six decades. Ordained in Rome on December 21, 1955, he served in parishes in Sydney and Antigonish but his primary service was as Professor of Theology and later Dean of Arts at St. Francis Xavier University. He also served on the Board of Governors and the Senate of the university. He trained as a scripture scholar and was a noted homilist, but his interests were broad and varied. He was an avid collector of books and stamps, a photographer, a creative knitter, and a tenacious researcher of the history of the diocese of Antigonish and the writings of John Henry Newman. Fr. R.B. graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1952, obtained a doctorate in sacred theology from the Collegio Urbano de Propaganda Fide, Rome in 1958 and a licentiate in sacred scripture from Institutum Biblicum, Rome in 1966. He is survived by his sisters, Marie (late Anthony) Cipriani, Milford, Massachusetts and Lorraine MacDonald, Sydney; brother, John H. (Anne) MacDonald, New Glasgow; nieces, Karen (Herbert) Cares, Mary MacDonald (David McGreer), and Carmel (Ken) Scott; nephew, Paul (Marilyn) MacDonald, and their respective families. Besides his parents, brothers, Alan and Angus and nephew, Andrew, predeceased him. Visitation will be held at Morrison Hall, St. Francis Xavier University, on Tuesday, October 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. with Bible Vigil at St. Ninian’s Cathedral at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Dunn at St. Ninian’s Cathedral on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11 a.m. Burial in the parish cemetery.


Father Vernon Roger Boutilier (Brother)

It is with heartfelt sorrow we announce the death of our brother Rev. Vernon Roger Boutilier (Brother), on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, at the Northside General Hospital, at the age of 81.

Father Vern was born on February 10th, 1937 to the late Bernard Clarence and Margaret Cameron (Jobe) Boutilier of Little Pond.   He was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, ordained on June 16th, 1962.   Fr. Vern was educated at St. Francis Xavier University, University of Ottawa, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., University of Toronto, and the University of Detroit.

Over the years, he served in parishes across the Diocese of Antigonish, and as well in Scotland and California.   He was an assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes, New Glasgow, and St. Theresa’s, Sydney, and served as pastor of St. Augustine’s, Grand Lake Rd., Mount Carmel, New Waterford, St. Mary’s, Mabou, and St. Andrew’s, Lower South River. For three years, Fr. Vern was pastor of St. Columba and St. Mary’s Kingussie, in the Diocese of Argyle and the Isles, Scotland, where he established many strong friendships and links with the community.   He also served as assistant at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Encino, California, for seven winter periods in retirement.

His social work career began in Detroit, Michigan, where he obtained his ASW designation.   He was the Director of Antigonish Diocesan Charities and founding Director of Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia.   He wrote “Memoirs of a Priest Social Worker” in support of Family Services.   He was involved in many social service organizations locally, provincially and nationally, including founding Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Point Pleasant Lodge in Halifax.   Fr. Vern was founder of the Travel Bursary Fund in aid of youth exploring their Celtic Heritage, and was supportive in the establishment of the Ben Alder Chair in Celtic Studies at St. F.X., and CJFX Radio.   For many years, he guided tours of Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

Fr. Vern was a very generous person to all.   He had a special love for his chosen Scottish Heritage.   He gave all his skills, energy and passion whenever he made a commitment.   That commitment could be a specific task; or an ongoing commitment to minister to a brother priest who was in need for whatever reason.   He loved to read and play cards, listen to good music with a little dram of Scotch.

He is survived by his sisters, Harriet (Doug Crawford), Antigonish, Bernice (Stan Romeo), Bras d’Or, Sheila Mitchell (friend Bill Carey), and Gail (David Walker), Little Pond; his sister-in-law, Anne (Pero) Boutilier; and many nieces, nephews and their families.   In addition to his parents, Fr. Vern was predeceased by his brother, George, and brother-in-law, Billy Mitchell.   Special thanks to Dr. Michel McKeough and Louise McKeough for their constant care, encouragement and compassion. True Friends!

Visitation for Fr. Vern Boutilier will be held on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.   Bishop Brian Dunn will preside over the Mass of Christian Burial, along with the priests of the Diocese, on Monday, February 19th, 2018, at 2 pm, in Holy Family Church, Main St., Sydney Mines.   A reception will take place in the parish hall, following the service.   The interment will e in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Florence, at a later date


Father Reginald Gregory MacNeil (Col. Ret'd)

Father Reginald MacNeil died on January 31st, 2018 at the age of 95 years.   He was born in Glace Bay, the son of late Michael J. MacNeil and Mary Margaret O'Keefe.   Surviving is his sister, Mrs. Patricia Maria Gallant (David).   He is also survived by Colette Lemoine who cared for him during his retirement years.   Two brothers, Rev. Bernard J. MacNeil of Sydney, and James O'Keefe MacNeil of Dorval, Que. predeceased him. Also surviving are eight nieces and nephews, 12 grand nieces and nephews and four great-grand nephews.

He was a graduate of St. Ann's High School, Glace Bay High School and St. F. X. University.   After studies at the Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1948.   The first nine years of his ministry were in Nova Scotia at Holy Redeemer Parish in Sydney, followed by short terms at Boisdale, New Glasgow and West Bay.   In 1957 he enlisted as a Catholic Chaplain in the Royal Canadian Airforce and served in Goose Bay, Labrador, Comox, B.C., Uplands, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Man., as well as Zweibreüken and Lahr in Germany.   He completed his military service at National Defense Headquarters in Ottawa and retired in 1980 in the rank of Colonel.

In 1984 he was inducted into St. Francis Xavier University Sports Hall of Fame.   Remaining in Ottawa after retirement from the military he served as Spiritual Director of the Ottawa Cursillo Movement for 25 years; assisted at Holy Cross Parish; was Chaplain at St.Joseph's Junior High School and served at the Army Cadet Camp in Vernon, B.C.   He also assisted at Our Lady of Fatima for 20 years and during his last years of ministry he served the seniors at The Westwood Living in Ottawa.   He also continued studies at St. Paul University in Scripture and Theology, wrote a religion column for the Ottawa Citizen for eight years and also wrote for Novalis "Living with Christ", "Homeletic Service" and the Cursillo News Letter during the same period.

Friends may pay respects in Kelly Funeral Home, Carling Chapel, 2313 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON, K2B 7G3, 613-828-2313 on Friday, February 9th, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Funeral will take place on February 10th, in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 153 Woodroffe Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Ottawa Cursillo Movement or Shepherds of Good Hope would be appreciated.

Rev. M. Joseph Gillis

Father Joseph Gillis

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved brother Father Joseph Gillis, age 87, on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, at the Northside General Hospital.  Fr. Joe passed away peacefully surrounded by love, after a courageous and lengthy illness.   Born in North Sydney on April 24, 1930, Martin Joseph was the son of the late Martin W. and Nora (Hart) Gillis.

Fr. Joe graduated from St. FX University in 1951, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He entered the Grand Seminary in Montreal the same year and completed his studies over the next four years. In 1955 he was ordained to the Priesthood with the Diocese of Antigonish.   His first appointment was to St. F.X. University as a member of the faculty, where he would continue studying to prepare to teach Mathematics and in 1962, earned his Masters degree in Mathematics. His teaching career at St. F.X. would span 22 years. In 1977, Fr. Joe opted to leave teaching to pursue his vocation as a parish priest.

He served as a parish priest for the next 37 years at the following parishes within the Diocese of Antigonish: Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton from 1977 – 1988, St. Joseph, Bras d’Or, St. Ann, Alder Point, St. Joachim, Boularderie, from 1988 – 1999, St. Mary, Big Pond and Sacred Heart in Johnstown, from 1999 – 2014, retiring due to illness.  Fr. Joe made many friends in all the parishes he served and was loved by all who knew him.   F. Joe believed his life as a priest was entirely fulfilled by his work in parish life and that it helped him to realize his vocation.

Fr. Joe had a love of music, especially the fiddle. He took instruction in violin from the late Professor Jim MacDonald, beginning at age ten and continued until he was eighteen. He was often spotted playing at parish functions and fund raisers and was a member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association. He even played in a band during his time in Big Pond up until the time of his illness.  He enjoyed using his music as a way of getting to know his parishioners on a more personal level.

Fr. Joe is survived by his siblings Rosaire (John) Young, North Sydney, Regina (Urs) Schweizer, Brooks, Alberta, Bernadette MacDougall, Florence Gillis, both of Antigonish, Barry (Cammie) Gillis, Ron (Anita) Gillis, both of North Sydney, his many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.   Besides his parents Martin and Nora, he was predeceased by his sisters Ann Regina, Mary Gillis and Wilma (Lloyd) Balah, his brothers-in-law Charlie MacDougall, Leroy MacDonald and Alan Gillis.

Visitation for Fr. Joe will be held from 7-9 pm on Thursday and 2-4 pm Friday in the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, 107 Pleasant Street, North Sydney and then afterwards the body was moved to St. Joseph Church, Archibald Avenue, North Sydney for a vigil at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday,  3rd February 2018, at St. Joseph Church with Bishop Brian Dunn officiating and priests of the Antigonish Diocese concelebrating.


Father Lloyd Dwyer

Born on Friday, February 27th, 1931 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada

Passed away on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 after a brief illness. Fr. Dwyer passed away in An Cala Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.

Fr. Lloyd is survived by his sisters, Anne (Bill) Nobes, White Rock, BC, Verna Dwyer, Comox, BC; and brother, Kevin (Lois), Whitby, ON; as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.He was predeceased by siblings, Andrew, John and Helen Chouinard.

A graduate of Normal College, Truro, he taught in Ingonish, Cape Breton for 3 years. Father Dwyer then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University, and then pursued Religious studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa. Fr. Dwyer was ordained for the Diocese of Antigonish in June, 1960. He then went to teach for 3 years at S. Pius X prep. Seminary in Ottawa. Over the next 13 years he served parishes in Sydney, North Sydney and West Bay – during his time in West Bay he also taught school.

In 1973, Fr. Lloyd returned to study Pastoral Care at St. Paul University. In 1974 he began serving the community as Chaplain of St. Rita Hospital, Sydney City Hospital, Cape Breton Hospital and later Cape Breton Regional Hospital, retiring in 1997. In his younger days, Fr. Lloyd loved to jog and continued to be an avid walker in the North End of Sydney, always greeting everyone he met on the way.

Fr. Lloyd was gifted in his service to others through Pastoral Care. A very kind and caring man, he loved to sit and chat with people, he always had an open mind and heart for all and especially those who needed it most. Fr. Dwyer felt everyone needed someone to just say hello. He also loved a good story and readily shared a good laugh with many.

Visitation for the late Fr. Lloyd Dwyer will take place 2 – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at T. W. Curry Parkview Chapel, Sydney. Vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. also on Wednesday, November 1st at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church.Bishop Brian Dunn will preside over the Mass of Christian Burial along with priests of the diocese at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.



Father Clair Richard

Father Clair Richard passed away on Thursday, 14th September 2017 at the Ocean View Manor in Easter Passage.   Funeral was held on Tuesday, 19th September 2017 at St. Peter's Church in Dartmouth.





Father Joseph Ambrose MacNeil

Father Joe Ambrose MacNeil died peacefully at the palliative unit of the Sydney Regional Hospital on Sunday, August 6th, 2017, at the age of 83. Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Michael Ambrose MacNeil and Florence MacInnis. Father Joe grew up in Sydney, Cape Breton, attending Sydney Academy, Xavier Junior College and St. Francis Xavier University (BA). He continued his studies at the University Seminary in Ottawa and at the Urban College in Rome. He was ordained in Rome on December 20th, 1959 and served the church in the Diocese of Antigonish teaching at St. Francis Junior College (1962-1972), and in the parishes of Holy Rosary, Westmount (1971-1972), St. Mary, Port Morien (1972-1975), St. Ninian Parish, Antigonish (1975), St. Patrick, Lochaber (1976-1980), St. Anthony Daniel, Sydney (1980-1981), Immaculate Conception, Sydney Mines (1981-1989), St. Theresa, Sydney (1990-1996), and St. Andrew, Boisdale (1996-2002). He also served as Advocate and later Judge for the Halifax Regional Tribunal, as well as serving on several Diocesan Committees. After he retired, he enjoyed helping out in pastoral ministry in various parishes. His gentle personality and being a real gentleman provided a wonderful foundation for his pastoral ministry. He will be remembered by his former parishioners as a gentle and caring person. He also loved to travel and was a wonderful companion for the priests who traveled with him. Father Joe Ambrose was the last surviving member of his family and is predeceased by his three sisters, Fran (Malcolm), Theresa and Collette. Funeral arrangements will be carried out by T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel of Sydney and visitation was held at the Fire Hall in Christmas Island on Wednesday, August 9th from 7-9 pm. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 2 pm, at St. Columba Church in Iona, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding.





Father Gregory Jerome MacLeod

Father Gregory (81) passed away on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  He was born on Sunday, November 24th, 1935.     He was the son of the late John T. and Rose (Turner) MacLeod.

He received his early education from the able hands of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Sydney Mines. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27th, 1961. Father Greg served in several parishes for a year, firstly with Father Michael Gillis in Stellarton, from whom he first learned the  social teachings of the church as being put in practice at the parish level.  He was appointed to teach at Xavier Junior College. From there he went to the University of Louvain in Belgium where he obtained a doctorate in Philosophy, continuing with post-doctoral studies at Oxford University in England.  When he returned to teach at Xavier College in 1969, he quickly became involved in the economic problems of the area.

He was the founder of New Dawn Enterprises in Sydney, New Deal Development in Sydney Mines, BCA with its various subsidiaries, and the Tompkins Institute.  These institutions gave birth to a number of projects and companies too numerous to mention. From the time of his surgery for cancer to the time of his death three months later, he continued completing projects and initiated several new ones. He was intimately  involved in the struggle to grow Xavier Junior College into the University College of Cape Breton, as well as the struggle to maintain the Coast Guard College in Cape Breton.  His work spilled into other countries, most notably in the Yucatan region of Mexico, where a number of community projects credit him as their visionary founder.  He was an avid promoter of Cape Breton music and culture, and the jovial host of his house ceilidhs, where hundreds of musicians joyfully played over a period of some 40 years. He was a friend of both Mi’kmaq and Acadian Cultures and played a major hand in the development of Mi’kmaq studies at the University College of Cape Breton. Father Greg was an internationally respected writer on the topic of community development. His works were translated into Spanish, Japanese and Korean. On the occasion of the launching of one of his books in South Korea, he was made an honourary citizen. He was the recipient of the Order of Canada, as well as of honourary degrees from Dalhousie University, The Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Francis Xavier University.

He is survived by sister Bev (Mitchelitis) (John Dan), Sydney Mines, brother Jack (Anita), Ingonish, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Melvin, Michael, Bob, Jim, Bill, and a sister Theresa.  Visitation was held at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday, May 11th, 2017, from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm.  The funeral liturgy was held at Cape Breton University Canada Games Complex, on Sunday, May 14th, at 2 pm.  Memorial mass with commendation was held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Sydney Mines on Monday, May 15th at 11 am.  The family would like to thank all friends, medical persons and lay persons who provided care and  compassion which brought Father Greg peace and comfort during Father Greg's illness.  

A retired professor at CBU and dear friend of Father Greg’s,Dr. Harvey Johnston, has summed up the world view underpinning Greg’s approach in a yet to be published book as follows: 
"At times, our actions can leave the world in a better state than we found it.  When it is within our capacity to act in these ways, we have a resonsibility to do so.   This is a moral imperative.   The greater one's capacity to bring about such positive change, the greater one's responsibility to act."


Father Bernard Gerard "Gerry" MacInnis

Father B. Gerard "Gerry" MacInnis passed away on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 in St. Martha's Hospital, Antigonish surrounded by his sister Mabel and sisters from the congregation of St. Marthas.

Born on June 5th, 1934 in Antigonish, he was a son the late Archibald Donald and Jennie Mae (MacDonald) MacInnis.  Father MacInnis lived in Mulgrave until 1938 when his father, who was employed with the CNR, was transferred to Stellarton in 1938.  He resided in Stellarton until the death of his father in 1975. Father Macinnis attend St. Bridgets School and Our Lady of Lourdes School, Stellarton, graduating from St. John's Academy, New Glasgow.  In 1951, he enrolled in StFX University for one year then transferred to St. Joseph's Seminary, Edmonton and studied for the Archdiocese of Edmonton.  Father MacInnis was ordained on May 23rd, 1959 by Bishop John R. MacDonald in Antigonish.  On returning to Alberta, he was assigned to Camrose, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and St Pius X, Edmonton.  In 1965, he was appointed parish priest of Consort, Alberta, at which time his sister Mabel moved west to be his domestic engineer.  She was a stalwart servant in the work of Christ,  In 1968 Father was assigned to Stoney Plains, Alberta and in 1974 to Fort Saskatchewan as Chaplain of the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institute as a parish priest.   In 1983, he was appointed parish priest of Wainwright, Alberta and in 1990 was appointed back to Wetaskiwin.  In 1994, Father returned to Nova Scotia and spent five years at Notre Dame parish in Yarmouth.   Retirement came in 1999 and he and his sister moved to Arisaig.  In 2008 they moved to Antigonish.  Following the death of Father Neil MacKenna, he volunteered to become the Chaplain for the Sisters of St. Martha at Bethany.  He enjoyed serving the Sisters, the medical community, social work, education and domestic services.  Father deeply appreciated the sisters for their hospitality and goodness.  Throughout "retirement" he remained active doing church work and assisting throughout northern Nova Scotia until August 2016 when ill health forced him to retire fully.

Surviving are his sister, Mabel MacInnis, Antigonish; sister-in-law, Helen MacInnis, Stellarton, niece, Ronda; nephew , Ted.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Mary MacNeil; brothers, Ronald and Donald; nephews, Donald Jr., Gregory and Roderick.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 12th in Sisters of St. Martha Bethany Chapel, Antigonish from where Mass of Christian Burial was held at 2:00 pm with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding assisted by Father Leo Cordeau, Father Donald Boudreau the Priests of the Diocese.   Private interment took place in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Stellarton.

Donations may be made in Father MacInnis' memory to : St. Martha's Regional Hospital Foundation the Time is Now Campaign at:



Father Sydney Clarence Mifflen

Father Sydney Clarence Mifflen completed his earthly journey joyfully on April 6th, 2017, accompanied by the love and prayers of his nieces and nephews, Philip (Michele), Theresa (John), Frances (Mike), Patricia (Doug), Claire (Zane), Anne (Joe), Margaret (late Jack), Sydney, John, David (Rosalind), Mary (Bill), the Bishop and Priests of the Diocese of Antigonish, and many other friends and supporters.   Born in Sydney, he was a son of the late Sydney Clarence and Theresa Mary (Power) Mifflen.   Father Syd grew up in Sydney, Cape Breton, attending St. Joseph's School and Sydney Academy.  He continued his education at St. Francis Xavier University (Diploma in Engineering, BA and BEd), Grande Semaire in Montreal (LTh), and Indiana Univeristy (Phd).

He was ordained on June 15th, 1957 and served the church in the Diocese of Antigonish teaching in the Junior Technical Institute in New Glasgow (1957 - 1963), at StFX, and in the parishes of Christ the King (Trenton, NS), Our Lady of Lourdes (Sellarton, NS), St. Louis (Louisdale, NS), St. Joseph's (St. Joseph's, NS), St. Patrick's (Lochaber, NS), and St. Paul's (Sherbrooke, NS).    He also served as Chancellor of the Diocese as well as on several Diocesan Committees.  In retirement, he enjoyed helping out at St. Ninian's as well as serving for a brief period as Chaplain to the Mother House of Bethany.  Among his interests were the Young Christian Workers (YCW) Movement and the Cursillo Movement both of which he served both locally and nationally, serving for 10 years as National Spiritual Advisor to the Canadian Cursillo.   Father Syd was committed to social justice.  He participated in organizations such as the Naomi Society, L"Arche, and the Antigonish Emergecny Fuel Fund.  He also supported, financially and otherwise, many other causes such as St. Vincent de Paul, Antigonish Food Bank, Development & Peace, Doctors Without Borders, and more.

Father Syd delighted to visit his nieces and nephews.  For recreation, he enjoyed golf, skiing, and gardening as well as gathering with fellow priests at their cottaqe in Ingonish.  He often annoyed and sometimes amused his family and friends by his habit of correcting mistakes in English grammar, though often guilty of that sin himself.  

He leave this life hoping that his presence has affected those with whom he came into contact in a postiive way.

Father Syd was predeceased by his brothers, John, Fr. Philip, and Fr. Frank; sisters, Cecelia and Margaret in infancy; and two siblings at birth.  Father Syd has donated his remains to scientific study.  Visitation was held in his memory in the Priests Dining Hall of Morrison Hall, StFX, on Sunday the 9th April.  Vigil was held at 7:00 pm in StFX Chapel.   Funeral Mass was held on Monday, 10th April 2017 at 10:00 am in SfFX Chapel, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding.

 FrRobertHectorMcNeil Father Robert Hector McNeil

On Monday, January 16th, 2017, Father Robert McNeil, age 69, our beloved brother and friend passed peacefully into eternal life at his residence in Halifax surrounded by the love of family and his dearest friend, Father Phil Callaghan.   Born in Glace Bay and raised in Reserve Mines, Robert was the son of the late Pius and Mary (Watson) McNeil.

Father Robert served as parish priest throughout the Diocese of Antigonish.   Father Robert was named by the diocese of Antigonish as Episcopal Vicar of the Mi'kmaq people.   He served this First Nation of the Maritimes in the parishes of Eskasoni, Wagmatcook and Waycabaah.

He will be sadly missed by his sisters and brothers, Erma Campbell, Gilbert (Ruth) Mc Neil, Florence (Tony) Vautour, Angie Fowler, Raymond McNeil, Jane Mac Neil and brother-in-law, Pat Cameron.   He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews, Mark, Ted, Lisa, Chris, Michael, Michelle, Patrice, Andrea, Janine, Deanne, Marissa, Alecia and Jocelyne, Rod, Robert and his many grandnieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Obie Cameron, his nephews, Shawn McNeil and Richard Campbell, sister-in-law, Madeline McNeil and brothers-in-law, Don Fowler and Mike Campbell.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay.The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish Church, Eskasoni on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in the springtime on Chapel Island.











Father John Joseph MacDonald

Father John J MacDonald passes away in the Strait Richmond Hospital in Evanston on November 21st, 2016.   Fr John was born March 25th, 1930 in Mount Kisco, New York.  He was the son of the late John Angus and Margaret Agnes (MacPherson) MacDonald.    Better known as Father J.J., he obtained his bachelor of Arts at St. FX University and attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax.   He was ordained June 12th, 1954 at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish by Bishop John R. MacDonald.   Father J. J. served at St. Hyacinth, D’Escousse, Stella Maris, Inverness, St. Louis, Louisdale, St. Andrew, St. Andrews, St. Joseph, Bras d’Or, St. Joseph, Petit de Grat, St. Michael, Margaree, Our Lady of Assumption, Arichat and St. John the Baptist, River Bourgeois.   Father J.J. was appointed Dean of the Richmond Deanery from 1976-79.   He retired from parish ministry in 1997.   Father J.J. Fostered the Co-operative Movement in Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia; served as President of the Nova Scotia Credit Union League; on the Board of Directors of National Co-operator of the Year more than once.   He was one of the founding members of Tel-Ile, a community television station on Isle Madame, which includes service across Richmond County and Canso area.  He set up and fundraised for student scholarship funds for St. FX; and worked for new and improved schools on Isle Madame throughout the 1960 and 1970’s.   Fr J.J. was a strong advocate of the Acadian language and culture; and became fluently bilingual in French language to better serve the communities of Isle Madame.   He organized Young Christian Students and Young Christian Workers on Isle Madame and many of the youth are now leaders in their communities.  

He is survived by his sister Mary Theresa Morrissey (MacDonald),
Port Hawkesbury; nieces and nephews, Dean, Anita, Margie, Debbie, Rick, Mick, Janice and Mark.   Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Gerald and Jim; sisters Jeanette; nephew Daniel MacDonald.

Visitation for Father J.J. will be held on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the Civic Improvement Centre, Highway 320, D’ Escousse.   Funeral Mass will take place Friday morning in Our Lady of Assumption Church in Arichat at 11:00 am, with Bishop Brian Dunn presiding together with Father Doug MacDonald, Father Dan Doucet and others concelebrating. Burial to follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery, D’Escousse. A reception to follow burial in the Civic Improvement Centre, D’Escousse.   Memorial donations may be made to the Civic Improvement Centre, D’Escousse.   Funeral arrangements are entrusted to C. H. Boudreau Funeral Home Ltd, Arichat.

Father Ralph MacKay

After several years of declining health Father Ralph John MacKay passed away at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on October 20th, 2016.   Ralph was born on March 22nd, 1950 to Evelyn (Ryan) and Frank MacKay (both of whom have predeceased him) in Winnipeg, Man. Left to mourn him are his brother Brian MacKay, sister-in-law Lana, niece Ashley and nephews Alexander and Cameron in Victoria B.C. He will also be missed by numerous family and friends in Winnipeg, Montreal, Nova Scotia and Ontario.

After completing studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S. and St Paul Seminary, Ottawa, Ralph was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish in 1978.  He later decided to pursue studies for a nursing degree and received his RN degree in 1988.  Ralph worked as a nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto for a number of years eventually becoming a labour relations officer for the Ontario Nurses Association.

A funeral mass will be celebrated for Ralph at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne St., Toronto on Thursday, October 27th at 10am.  Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Parliament St.   In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Ralph’s name to Princess Margaret Hospital or to a Charity of your choice.


Father Gerald Rousell

Fr. Gerald Rousell passed away in St. Martha's Hospital on October 13th, 2016.  Fr. Gerald was a priest of the Diocese of Antigonish, having served in that capacity for many years.  Fr. Roussell was born in New Aberdeen, N.S., on June 29th, 1925, son of George and Christena (MacDonald) Rousell.  After having received his early education in St. John's School there, and in St. Anne's School, Glace Bay, he proceeded to St. F. X. University where he received his Diploma in Engineering and his Bachelor of Science Degree.  He went on to Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, and on June 7th, 1952 was ordained to the priesthood.   For the two summers after ordination, Fr. Roussell served first in St. Ninian's Parish, Antigonish and then in St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Glendale.  Meanwhile, he entered the graduate studies program in Fordham University, New York, and in 1956 graduated with a Ph.D. in biology.  He began teaching at
St. FX. In 1956 and continued through to retirement in 1991.  While there, he was a great supporter of the athletic programs and for some years was President of the Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Vice-President of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union. He was a life member of the President's Club at St. F. X. and made significant financial donations to the University.

Fr. Gerald was always generous with his time and spent many of his weekends helping out in parishes throughout the diocese.  From 1984 until 2003 he also spent time assisting in parishes in the Diocese of Nassau, Bahamas.   Fr. Gerald's favourite pasttimes were golf, skiing, enjoying time with his dog, Tasha, and doing crossword puzzles – a daily occupation.  He also enjoyed a good game of bridge, and early in his time at St. F. X. spent many evenings playing bridge with other priests, including Dr. Moses Coady and Fr. Dan MacCormack among others.

Father Roussell was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Pat and Robert, sisters Babe (Jim Patten), Carmelita and Georgina, the latter two deceased in infancy.

Fr. Rousell will be waked in Morrison Hall (former priest's dining room) on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, whence the remains will be transferred to the St F.X. Chapel for the Vigil Service at 7:00 pm.   The funeram Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, 15th October 2016.   Faculty members are invited to form an academic procession.   Burial will take palce in St. Ninian's Cemetery.


Father Michael Duncan Rankin

Father Michael Duncan Rankin at MacGillivray Guest Home C. N. D. Wing on Friday, September 23rd, 2016; age 85.  Born January 11th, 1931 he was the son of the late Daniel and Mary Sarah (Beaton) Rankin of Inverness, NS.   Fr. Mike graduated from St. F. X. University in 1955 and was ordained a priest on May 24th, 1959 at St. Mary's Church, Halifax NS.  He served in Glace Bay, Sydney Mines and New Waterford.  He did further studies for chaplaincy at the Nova Scotia Hospital Halifax, and completed his MA in addiction services at St. F. X. University.  He served as chaplain at the Cape Breton Hospital for ten years and was one of the early pioneers in palliative care in Cape Breton.  He established grief groups for bereaved persons and gave of his time unselfishly to people experiencing grief.  Fr. Mike served as chaplain at MacGillivray Guest Home for 27 years.  He will be remembered for being an active force at MacGillivray Guest Home which included many functions that added to the quality of care for the residents, families and staff.  He held funerals and wakes for those who requested it, memorial services for all residents, healing masses for those in need and final farewell services for residents who passed away.  He was editor of the home newspaper "The Golden Webb" head of the ethics Committee and represented the diocese of Antigonish on the board of directors.  He was a friend to all and was so grateful to the sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame for their kindness and generosity right to the very end.  He also appreciated the volunteers that helped him in his daily ministry and to all the staff of MacGillivary Guest Home with whom he had a special bond.   Serving at MacGillivray Guest Home was a huge part of his life and he enjoyed every moment of it.
Father Mike leaves to mourn his sister, Annie MacDonald, nieces Catherine MacDonald, Sarah (Pat) Cassidy, Donalda (Kevin) Cody, his nephew Donald (Mary) Rankin, all of Halifax, grand nieces and nephews and many, many friends.  Father Mike was predeceased by brothers, Donald, Father John Angus, Douglas, sister in law, Margaret and brother in law Angus MacDonald.


Father Francis Augustine Morley,

96, died on Nov. 16, 2015 at Harbourstone Nursing Home, Mira Bay unit. A native of Glace Bay, Fr. Frank was a son of the late Joseph H. and Agnes (Curry) Morley. After attending St. Anne's School and graduating from Glace Bay High, Fr. Frank received Bachelors of Arts and Education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. In later years he obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Boston College. Following studies at St. FX, Fr. Frank entered Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Antigonish on June 15, 1947. His pastoral appointments in our diocese included St. Joseph, New Victoria; St. Peter, Port Hood; St. Joseph, Dingwall; Immaculate Conception, Main-a-Dieu; St. Agnes, New Waterford; Our Lady of Lourdes, Stellarton; St. Peter, Tracadie; St. Patrick, Lochaber; St. Paul, Sherbrooke and St. Francis, Giant's Lake. Fr. Frank also helped out in various parishes in the Archdiocese of Halifax and in Cape Breton parishes in Margaree, L'Ardoise, and Eskasoni. Fr. Frank served as Diocesan Spiritual Director of the CWL, Diocesan Director of the Holy Name Society and Dean of Antigonish Deanery. He also served on the Board of Governors of St. FX University and as a board member of The Casket.

Fr. Frank is survived by a brother, Fr. Fred, Sydney, his sister-in-law Mary Morley, Halifax, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by brothers Joseph, William, John, James, Charles, and Fr. Tom, sisters Dr. Mary, Teresa, Monica, and Sisters Alice and Agnes, Sisters of Charity. Funeral mass was held at St. Anne's Church, Glace Bay.

Rev. Neil Reginald (Reg) Currie

Fr. Neil Reginald (Reg) Currie

Father Currie passed away Nov. 10, 2015 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side. Reg was the fourth son, born Tues., May 5, 1931 to the late Michael and Mary (Finnell) Currie of Reserve Mines. After graduating from St. FX University he attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained to the priesthood in 1961. Fr. Reg served in many parishes throughout our diocese, beginning as a curate at Sacred Heart, Sydney. During the years following he was assigned to parishes in East Bay, Sydney River, Dingwall, New Waterford, Mabou, Inverness, Larry's River, Westville, River Bourgeois and Florence. In the 1960s his involvement in YCW and YCS youth groups became one of the highlights of his ministry. In later years he became Spiritual Director for the Pryaer Meetings at Our Lady of Fatima, and his involvement as Spiritual Director for the Al-Anon retreats was a "privilege" to him. Until his illness he volunteered at Loaves and Fishes, Sydney, every Friday.
Fr. Reg cared deeply for his siblings and 22 nieces and nephews, and was happiest when attending family gatherings at his home in "DunHuist", Islandview, or at another's home. Left to mourn are his sisters, Sister Carmelita, Sisters of Charity, Halifax; Ursula (Michael) MacDonald, Reserve Mines; 22 neices and nephews and their families, sisters-in-law Cecilia Currie, Reserve Mines and Anna Currie, New Waterford; numerous cousins and close friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brothers, John (Jake), Michael, and Basil, and sisters theresa Madio and Angie Campbell; brothers-in-law Neil Amadio and Sandy Campbell and sister-in-law Peggy Currie.
Funeral mass was celebrated Friday, Nov. 13 in St. Joseph's Church, Reserve Mines.

Fr. Douglas MacIntyre

Father MacIntyre passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 at Celtic Court, Sydney, where he had been a resident for six years.
Up until a few months before his death, Fr. Doug continued to perform his priestly duties for the residents and staff, administering to the sick and dying the Holy Sacrament of the Mass, and comforting grieving families. It was his honour to cut the ribbon for the opening of Celtic Court.
Fr. Doug was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1923 to the late Dan and Catherine (MacDonald) MacIntyre. He attended school in Inverness and moved to New Waterford as a young boy where he graduated from Central High School in 1946. After graduation from St. Francis Xavier University he attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish, in 1953. He celebrated his first mass at Mount Carmel Church in New waterford, now the Parish Church of St. Leonard. Fr. MacIntyre served in many parishes throughout the diocese, his first curate assignment being St. Anne's Parish, Glace Bay. Throughout the years other parishes included Port Hood, St. Peter's, Baddeck, Westville, Louisbourg, Inverness and Holy Cross and Holy Family, Glace Bay. He was very inspirational and impacted many lives with his words of encouragement and his great gifts of patience and understanding.
Left to mourn are his sisters Mary Ouellette, Winnipeg; Theresa Black, Vancouver; Florence Gillis, Sydney; brother Archie (Shirley) MacIntyre, New Waterford; sister-in-law Bernadette MacIntyre, Lingan; 27 nieces and nephews and their children; one very special niece, Deborah MacDonald, who took such special care of Fr. Doug. Besides his parents, Fr. Doug was predeceased by a sister, Sadie; brothers Duncan and Francis, both in infancy and John D.; brothers=inlaw Rannie Gillis, Dan V. MacDonald, Andrew Ouellette and Terrance Black. 
Funeral mass was held Nov. 4 in St. Leonard's Church, New Waterford.
Donations in his memory may be made to Loaves and Fishes, PO Box 602, 139 Charlotte St., Sydney NS, B1P 6H7; L'Arche Cape Breton, 3 L'Arche Lane, RR#1 Orangedale, NS  B0E 2K0 or a charity of one's choice.

Rev. Neil Roderick McKenna

Fr. Neil Roderick McKenna

Father McKenna died suddenly in Antigonish on Saturday, Aug. 1, 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. francis Xavier Univeristy with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees and studied at Saint Augustine's Seminary in Toronto. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1984 and served as a priest of the diocese in Larry's River and several parishes in Cape Breton. For the past number of years he was involved in Hospital Pastoral Ministry, first in Halifax at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, then the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and finally, St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish, retiring 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. He was also 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. Before entering the seminary, Fr. Neil taught high school English in Antigonish and is remembered fondly by many of his former students. He also had a lifelong 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 in the World Championship, Grade 2, in 1976. He contoinued to teach drumming during his time as a priest and in 2013 was inducted into the Antigonish Highland Games Hall of Fame. 
He is survived by his sister-in-law, Dr. Patricia McKenna; his nieces and nephews, 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. 
Funeral mass was held August 5 at St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish.

Fr. Malcolm MacDonell

Father MacDonell died at St. Martha's Hospital, Antigonish, on July 25, 2015. An exemplary priest and academic of the Diocese of Antigonish, Fr. MacDonell was born January 15, 1919 in Hillsdale, Inverness County, NS, a 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. Francis Xavier University from which he graduated with honours in 1938. Fr. MacDonell received his theological training at St. Basil Cemetery, Toronto, where he was ordained on May 26, 1945 by Most Reverend Ildebrando Antoniutti, Apostolic Delegate to Canada. He 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. FX, however, was where his ministry as a priest was exercised to the fullest. He joined the faculty of St. FX after his ordination as a member of the history department and taught until 1964, when he was appointed Dean of Arts. As Dean he was instrumental in bringing about curriculum changes in the Faculty of Arts, making the program a more flexible and adaptable curriculum. In 1970 Fr. MacDonell was appointed President of St. FX and remained in that position for eight years. He led the university through some of its most difficult years, when student dissent disrupted the campus and government economics made grants to universitie smore 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 one of only two Churchmen appointed by the federal government to the Canadian Centennial Conference; was chairman of the Association of Atlantic Universities; and 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. FX, and Memorial universities, and received a Doctor of Letters degree from the University College of Cape Breton. Throughout his life Fr. 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, CND, Sydney; Mary Boyd, Jessie Murphy and Elizabeth, all of Michigan; sister-in-law, Theresa, Judique and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral mass was celebrated Thursday, July 30 in St. Andrew's Church, Judique.

Fr. Bill Rankin

Father Rankin passed away peacefully and entered the Kingdom of Heaven on July 11, 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, where in addition to being an outstanding scholar and senior class president, he was a multi-talented athlete, playing rugby, hockey, basketball and serving on several championship teams. He graduated from high school in June 1955, then went to St. Francis Xavier University where he earned his BA in 1959 and his B.Ed in 1960, and was a member of the Collegians Singing Quartet and the Varsity 4 St. FX Quartet. He then attended Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax where he received his Bachelor of Theology degree. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1964 at St. Ninian's Cathedral, Antigonish. His first appointment as a priest was to St. Agnes parish in New Waterford. The following year he was transferred to Star of the Sea Parish in Canso and St. Agnes parish in Little Dover. From 1965-67 he took 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 1967-70 he worked with St. FX Extension Department in the field of co-op housing, and also at Immaculate Heart parish, 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 Master of Arts degree in psychology. In 1976 he attended Catholic University in Washington, DC 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, Mulgrave; St. Francis in St. Francis Harbour; Christ the King, Trenton; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pictou Landing, where he received from the Mi'kmaq community there the title of Honorary Chief and was given the name 'White Eagle.' His last appointment was St. Michael's, River Ryan, from where he retired in 1998 due to health. In all his parishes he was always active in the church choirs and youth groups. For the last number of years he was still active helping out parishes in Pictou County. Throughout his life Bill was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and cherished all the friendships he developed over the years. In retirement he had several hunting expeditions with his very good friend Bobby McVeigh throughout Canada, the United States, and the Scottish Highlands. Fr. Bill will be sadly missed by brother Joe (Effie), Coxheath; nephew Bill (Dana) Rankin, and their family Melanie, Alexis and Matthew,  Edmonton, AB; niece Lisa (Fadey) Abidaoud and their family Daniel and Renee, Doha, Qatar; cousins and numerous friends. Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant sister, Margaret Mary.
The funeral mass was celebrated Thurs., July 16 at St. Anne's Church, Glace Bay.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or charity of choice.

Fr. John Michael MacKinnon

Father John MIchael MacKinnon, age 90, died peacefully at Harbourstone Advanced Care Facility on Tuesday, May 19, 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 3, 1950, celebrating his first High Mass on June 18, 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 coordinator 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 1981-88. He was pastor of Immaculate Conception parish in Bridgeport until his official retirement in July 1994. On June 3, 200 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.
Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, May 25 at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, with interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

Rev. Dr. Bernard O`Connor
died Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA. He was born in North Sydney on March 13, 1951 to Cosmas Bernard and Ella Mae (Young) and ordained to the piresthood for the Diocese of Antigonish at St. Pius X, Sydney Mines on June 24, 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`s Cathedral, Antigonish, for one year before being sent for further study to Rome in 1981. Rev. O`Connor completed licenciate and doctorate degree in sacred theology (systematics) at the Pontifical Gregorian University undernthe direction of Karl Josepf Cardinal Becker, SJ, 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 10 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, Mishakawa, 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.
Rev.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.   Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, May 18, 2015 at Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with interment in the parish cemetery.

Fr. James Anthony MacLean

(Monsignor-Commodore-General) passed away Jan. 31, 2015 in Glace Bay Hospital. He was born on Feb. 19, 1918 in Bay St. Lawrewnce, 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. FX). Left to mourn are his brother-in-law, Sydney Òg`Walsh, Sydney, and many nieces and nephews.
Father Jim received his early and high school education in Bay St. Lawrence before graduatings from St. Francis Xavier University in 1938. He then began studies at Holy Heart Seminary, Halifax, where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1943. From 1943-51 Fr. Jim ministered in parishes throughout the diocese including St. Theresa`s, Sydney; St. Peter`s, Cheticamp; St. George`s, Georgeville; and Holy Cross Church, Pomquet. He enlisted in the Navy in 1951, served in the Korean conflict and retired from the Armed Services in 1975 with the rank of Commodore-General. 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 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, 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 needed and celebrated mass at the Cove Guest Home in Sydney. His friendship was a gift treasured by all. He died with the titles Commodore-General, Chaplain of the Forces and Monsignor but was very happy to be called `Father Jim.`
Funeral mass was celebrated Thursday, Feb. 5 in St. Theresa`s Church, Sydney, with interment at a later date from St. Margaret`s Church, Bay St. Lawrence.
In memory of Father Jim, one can provide an act of kindness to a friend, relative, neighbour, stranger, or someone in need.

Fr. William Matthew Roach

Father Roach 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 St. 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. FX Extension department.In 1965, while on study leave, 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 impending steel plant closure. In 1977 Fr. Bill resumed full pastoral ministry at St. Lawrence parish, Mulgrave. In 1980 he was appointed parish priest at Sacred Heart Church in Sydney and in 1992 became parish priest at Immaculate Heart parish, Mira Road. For health reasons, he retired from active parish ministry in 1998. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing and later 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.
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 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 was celebrated at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, Sydney, with itnerment in Resurrection Cemetery.