Richard Earl Cross, AC’58

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Richard Earl Cross was born April 28, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the only son of Judge Earl R. Cross and Felipa Moss McKey. His family has been in America since before the American Revolution and several of his ancestors fought in that way, the Civil War and the First World War.

Richard was raised in the Presbyterian and Methodist traditions and was later attracted to the music and liturgy of the Catholic faith. He eventually became a Roman Catholic, but always with an ecumenical orientation.

Attracted to church ministry, Richard undertook seminary studies in religion, the humanities, Latin, Greek and sacred music. He took early piano lessons at the Peabody Music Conservatory.

Richard later did advanced studies in philosophy and theology at the Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven, Belgium (established in 1425). He earned a graduate degree in theology from Louvain and in Education from Manhattan College.

Richard served in parish ministry and as a seminary professor for a decade. While teaching French he led teams of students to do volunteer work on the island of Martinique. He also studied piano, theory and Gregorian chant at the Pius X School of Liturgical Music and obtained a graduate degree in education at Manhattan College. He later worked as learning specialist in the New York public schools and as a Hospice volunteer for fifteen years.

Richard was devoted to church reform and participated in interfaith activities with the Muslim community of Westchester. He was honored in 2006 by the American Muslim Women’s Association “for his commitment to building bridges of understanding among our diverse communities,”

Richard was also a published composer, essayist and translator. As a member of the American Liszt Society he researched and wrote about the 19th century musical world of Franz Liszt.

In 1969 Richard’s marriage to his beloved wife Kathleen Marie Stanton was witnessed by a family friend, the future Archbishop of Washington, James Cardinal Hickey. Richard and Kathleen spent their years together as a pastoral music team in their home parish of Transfiguration.

Richard is survived by this precious wife Kathleen, their son Christopher Joseph and his wife Millie, and grandchildren David Earl and Isabel Marie Cross.

Date of death: October 17, 2018

Funeral home:

Coffey Funeral Home, 911 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, (914) 631-0983

Hours of visitation: Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Mass of the Resurrection: 10:30am on Monday, October 22, 2018, Transfiguration Church:, 268 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, (914) 631- 1672

Phelps Hospice:

Phelps Memorial Hospital, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, (914) 366-3325

Reverend Robert Beloin, AC Director of Pastoral Formation

Fr. Robert L. Beloin, the seventh Chaplain of Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, died September 23, 2018 of glioblastoma. He was 71.

Affectionately known as Fr. Bob, Fr. Beloin was the “heart and soul” of Catholic ministry at Yale University for the past twenty-five years, giving abundantly of his time, his counsel and his energy to ensure a flourishing Catholic life on campus. Born February 13, 1947 in Springfield, MA, Fr. Beloin always felt a strong call to the priesthood. His mother was a parish secretary and his father was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He became an altar boy in the fourth grade. Initially raised in Holyoke, MA, his family moved to Madison, CT in 1962, and he graduated from Daniel Hand High School. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT, and later at Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Albany, NY. He received his B.A. and M.Div. from Our Lady of Angels and completed his M.A. in Moral and Religious Science at the University of Louvain in Belgium. Fr. Beloin was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Hartford on August 25, 1973.

After his ordination, he served as Assistant Pastor at St. Ann Church in New Britain, CT, for five years and returned to Europe as the Director of Pastoral Formation at the American College of Louvain. He served in this position for five years and earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Louvain. In 1983, he became an Associate Director of the Center for Human Development in Washington, D.C., and gave retreats for priests in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and Ireland. In 1991, he joined the Advisory Board for the National Alliance of Parishes Restructuring into Communities and spoke at conferences and gave workshops on restructuring throughout the United States and in eastern Australia. He was Co-Pastor at St. Barnabas Church in North Haven for ten years before being appointed the seventh Chaplain at Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, in 1994.

While Catholic Chaplain at Yale, he directed major initiatives that expanded Catholic campus ministry, including the adaptation of the “Small Church Community” model for Yale University students and the managing of a capital campaign to advance Catholic intellectual life on campus. The campaign culminated in the construction of the 30,000 sq. ft. Cesar Pelli designed Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center as well as in the renovation of the Chapel and Residence. The new Golden Center was dedicated on December 1, 2006. At its close, the construction/renovation and endowment effort raised in excess of $75 million.

Fr. Beloin was an inspiring force of pastoral service and intellectual vigor at STM: working in the weekly soup kitchen, directing programs for spiritual development and participating in interreligious activities on campus. In addition to his duties as Catholic Chaplain, he was an active Fellow of Trumbull College. Fr. Beloin was also a formidable preacher, whose homilies helped many in the STM community deepen their faith. And yet—his preaching was only rivaled by his style of pastoral care, which often manifested itself through gracious hospitality, thoughtful conversation, wry humor and detailed, deeply personalized care for all who sought his advice. He cherished time spent with students and faculty.

In recognition of his many accomplishments on campus, the Association of Yale Alumni presented him with the Yale Medal, its highest award, in 2011. The citation, in part, read: "... You have been the heart and soul of Catholic life at Yale for almost twenty years... Your vision of bringing to reality the dream of the Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center has led to the creation of an architectural and spiritual jewel for Yale, where Yale and its larger community can gather for events both secular and sacred... "

Alongside his ministry at Yale, Fr. Beloin contributed to a wide range of pastoral activity in the Archdiocese of Hartford and on behalf of the wider Church. He served the Archdiocese as a member of the Presbyteral Council, the Priests' Personnel Committee and the Advisory Board for the Continuing Education of Priests. He was an Archdiocesan Consultor, a member of the Advisory Board for the Pastoral Office for Small Christian Communities and worked for five years on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Catholic Conference. He served for nine years on the Board of Trustees of St. Raphael's Hospital, and within that time, served terms as: Chairman of the Medical and Patient Affairs Committee, a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee as well as serving as a member of the Board of Directors for St. Raphael's Cancer Center. He was a founding Council member of Leadership Roundtable, an organization dedicated to strengthening the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. He was also an advocate for those facing deportation. In the fall of 2017, Fr. Beloin was among those arrested at a sit-in outside Hartford’s Immigration Court while protesting the impending deportation of an undocumented immigrant.

Fr. Beloin is predeceased by his parents, Mederic and Una Beloin, and his brother, Howard. He is survived by his brother, Richard Beloin of Farmington, CT, and Bradenton, FL; his aunt, Helen Racine of South Hadley, MA; and several cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Thomas More Chapel and St. Martin de Porres Academy, New Haven, CT.

Rev. Dennis Bombardier, AC '68

Father Dennis Bombardier of Springfield, MA  passed away April 22, 2018. Follow the link for the Obituary.


John C. "Jack" Meyer

PEORIA - John C. "Jack" Meyer, age 83, passed away at 10:57 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at his residence in Peoria, with his wife, Mary, at his side. Jack was born on August 12, 1934, in Dubuque, IA, a son of George W. and Mary Helen (Schmitt) Meyer. Jack married Mary Claire Wesenberg on July 22, 1970, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are their son, John David Meyer of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.
John David has Downs Syndrome and Jack became very active in serving the handicapped in various capacities at PARC, now EPIC, and developing "Special Persons Encounter Christ" (SPEC). He also coached ice skating for the Special Olympics. Jack graduated from Loras Academy in 1952 and Loras College in Dubuque, IA, in 1956. He then entered the seminary at the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1960. Jack returned to the United States and was a professor at Loras College and served as an associate pastor in parishes in Dubuque, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids, IA. He then returned to education and earned his PhD at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1966.
In 1969, Jack left the formal service of the Catholic Church and entered the laity. He was employed at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, as a professor in the Religious Studies Dept., retiring in 2010 after 40 years of service. Throughout these years, he was honored to give numerous lectures at many churches and organizations. Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences at

John Daley. AC'63

DALEY, John Anthony (Jack) John died peacefully on April 12, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was our Father, Friend, Counselor, Brother, Uncle and Priest. He was the beloved husband of Mary Chapman Daley for 40 years. John was born in Providence, R.I. in 1934 to Mary and John Daley. He is survived by his two sons, Matthew and Luke, and Matt's wife, Bridget, and Luke's partner, Amanda; their children Michael and Malachi. He joins his brother, Dick in Heaven and leaves his living siblings, Tom Daley, Doris Allin and Maureen McGovern, and many more in his large Irish Clan in R.I. Growing up in a strong Irish, Catholic Family he learned core values founded in his faith. At 22 he joined the Seminary for three years and began studying to become a Priest. In 1959 he was chosen to study in Louvain, Belgium for four additional years and was ordained June 29, 1963. He taught Latin and Religion at LaSalle Academy while he worked in various parishes in R.I. In his counseling as a priest he wanted to improve his skills and took a leave of absence from the priesthood to move to Tucson to get his Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in 1972. He developed a strong counseling practice in 1973 and continued until November 24, 2017. He was loved and respected by many he worked with as they healed from the emotional pains in their lives. He had great empathy, insight and compassion for his clients. He also consulted with Medical groups around the country for 25 years. He was active in the Emerald Isle Society for ten years, a men's book group, a men's think tank, kiddy camp outs with our boys and the Mountain Men. He skied, waterskied, biked, sang, danced and his smile was genuine and wide with sparkling, blue Irish eyes. John was a wise, caring, adventuresome, positive, open minded, loving Renaissance Man. He strived to leave this world a better more loving place. John loved God and we know that he has joined his band in Heaven, until we meet again my love. His Celebration of Life Mass will be at St. Pius X Church on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Our family would like to thank Casa de La Luz Hospice and our wonderful tribe of friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers do three loving acts of kindness each day and we'll continue to make our world a better place. Arrangements by OASIS FUNERAL HOME.

Reverend George P. Behan

Reverend George P. Behan, 88, Pastor Emeritus of St. William Parish in Warwick, died on Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, son of the late George P. and Gwendolyn M. (Pike) Behan, he attended Newport public schools and De La Salle Academy in Newport. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island, at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1956 at the American College in Louvain by Bishop Russell J. McVinney. Father Behan served as assistant pastor at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence (1956-58) and at St. Paul Parish, Cranston while teaching at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Warwick (1958-63). In September 1963, he was appointed Chaplain at Stella Maris Home, teacher at De La Salle Academy, and director of the Catholic Information Center, all in Newport. In 1968, he became Chaplain at the Corpus Christi Carmel, Newport, while retaining his teaching position. Father Behan then served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, East Providence (1970-74), before completing a year of pastoral studies at St. Joseph Community, Minneapolis (1974-75). He returned to the Diocese as Catholic Chaplain at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston (1975-76). In 1976, Father was named pastor of St. Jude Parish, Lincoln, and served there until 1997, when he was transferred to St. William Parish, Warwick, from where he retired in 2004 as pastor emeritus. In 1989, Father Behan completed sabbatical studies at the School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, California. In retirement, Father Behan resided at St. Joseph Rectory, Newport. At the time of his death, he was living at St. Clare Home, Newport. In addition to his parish and teaching duties, Father Behan served as a member of the Priests’ Senate of the Diocese of Providence (1967); as New England Director and Chaplain of the Family Life Movement (1961-64); and asa leader in the Cursillo Retreat Movement. During his retirement years, Father was a weekend mission preacher for Catholic Relief Services. Father Behan leaves two sisters, Mrs. Julianne Kelly and Sr. Mary M. Behan, SSJ, both of Massachusetts. 

Monsignor James Parizek

Msgr. James F. Parizek, 71, of Davenport, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Chicago. He lived at the American College in the early 1970s.

March 22, 1946 -February 3, 2018

DAVENPORT — A Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. James F. Parizek, 71, a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. 10th St., Davenport. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Iowa City. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Cathedral with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. There will be additional visitation at the Cathedral Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Victory Foundation or Sacred Heart Cathedral Foundation.

Msgr. Parizek passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital, Chicago.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed by visiting Msgr. Parizek's obituary at A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.