David Rock, AC’58


Dave Rock died August 8, 2019. He studied philosophy (1952-54) and theology (1954-58) at the American College. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois in 1958 at the American College. He had been one of the first American students at the college after World War II. After about ten years of active priestly ministry, Dave married Cathy, a former Dominican nun. They were married for more than fifty years. Dave, along with his wife Cathy and their daughter Molly, attended the closing liturgy and final banquet at the 2019 Alumni meeting in Orlando this past January.

David Inman, AC’62


David Arthur Inman, 82, passed away peacefully at home on July 23, 2019 surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 29 years, Elizabeth O'Connell-Inman and his beloved daughters, Elizabeth Maeve, Caroline Devin, and Lauren Grace. In addition, David is survived by his brother, Richard Inman and his wife Nancy of Narragansett, RI, his devoted in-laws, Eileen and Martin Costello, Jack and Nancy O'Connell, Jim and Eileen O'Connell, and Carolyn Felicio as well as many dear nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his parents, John Everett and Grace (Duby) Inman as well as his sister Joan Inman Amaral.

David was born and raised in Warwick, RI. After attending LaSalle Academy he entered Our Lady of Providence College where he earned his Associate of Arts degree. He continued his studies at the University of Louvain, Belgium where he earned his BA in Philosophy, his MA in Religious Education, and his PhD magna cum laude in Philosophy with a concentration in Philosophical Anthropology. David was ordained in Belgium on July 1, 1962 and served as a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Providence for over 25 years. His first assignment in the US was as Associate Pastor of St. John's Church on Federal Hill in Providence. During that time, he also taught Latin and Religion at LaSalle Academy in Providence.

During his years in Europe, David "thumbed" extensively through France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and England. His motorcycle adventures in Europe are legendary, and he was once known to piece together two different license plates to illegally cross borders. These seven years in Europe are responsible for David's multilingual interjections into every conversation, birthday party, holiday celebration, and phone call.

In 1968 David moved to the University of Rhode Island in Kingston where he served as Chaplain and Director of the Catholic Center. He was also Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Providence for several years. In 1975 David was awarded an Underwood Fellowship and a Danforth Foundation Grant to study Science, Ethics and Education at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1976 David returned to Rhode Island to become Chaplain at Brown University. Over the next 28 years David would hold many positions at Brown including Director of Student Activities, Special Assistant to President Howard Swearer, Coordinator of the Champlin Scholars Program, Assistant Dean of Student Life/Dean of Students, and Associate Dean of Student Life/Director of Faunce House and Student Activities.

In addition to his administrative positions, David was also an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Emmanuel College in Boston and the University of Rhode Island, teaching Philosophy of Religion, Medical Ethics, and 20th Century Atheism. David was also employed as a guest lecturer for the Department of Defense. With his best friend and partner in crime, Ray Devettere, he travelled throughout Hawaii, Korea, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines speaking on authority, moral leadership, and growth to responsible choices.

David lectured and published extensively on issues of Ethics in Higher Education, Moral Reasoning, and Campus Ministry.

Upon his retirement from higher education in 2004, David began his final position at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester where he taught Latin until 2012. It is there that he found wonderful students, dedicated faculty and staff, and dear friends.

David loved physical activity and the outdoors. He loved to bike, run and ski. He was a beautiful swimmer. He loved his Boston Whaler and could be seen each summer morning off the Heights Beach, returning from his Black Dog coffee on the Vineyard, his faithful canine companion, Maggie, at his side. He loved to sit on the beach with his binoculars watching the boats in Nantucket Sound. And if you spent any time with David you always knew if there was a backdoor cold front approaching or if the wind was coming from the southeast at 15 knots.

David had a remarkable life, filled with prestigious positions, academic pursuits, and wild adventures. But he would tell you that he found his greatest joy when he became a father. Although he came to that vocation later in life, he embraced it with love, dedication, enthusiasm, wonder, and humor. Having lost his own father at a young age, David was determined to fill the years that he had with his daughters with as much love, time, and attention as he could. He adored his girls.

He was a remarkable guy. During these past few years he met incredible medical challenges, and his persistence shocked his doctors, care teams, and family. He faced those challenges with extraordinary courage, strength, grace, and dignity. He leaves a hole that we will never fill but also a legacy of compassion and love. We will miss him always.

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Reverend John F. Heaney, AC’57

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Reverend John F. Heaney, 88, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary Parish, Carolina, died Friday, March 29, 2019.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Father Heaney’s soul will be offered on Saturday, April 6 at 10am at St. James Chapel, Matunuck School House Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Burial will follow at White Brook Cemetery, Richmond, Rhode Island.

Read the obituary on the website of the Diocese of Providence.

Godfried Kardinaal Danneels, former professor of liturgy at the Catholic University of Louvain, dies at 85, 1933-2019

Cardinal Danneels

Cardinal Danneels obituary in Flemish

Catholic News World unofficial translation from

Homily delivered by Cardinal De Kesel during Cardinal Danneels funeral on Friday, March 22nd, Flemish and English translation.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels, a strong liberal voice within the Roman Catholic Church and once seen as a outside contender to succeed Pope John Paul II, has died, the Vatican said on Thursday.

Danneels, 85, was a jovial and gifted preacher who spoke out on sensitive issues such as whether condoms could be used in the fight against AIDS and if women should have a larger role in running the Church. He also urged the Church to scale back the power of the Vatican and focus less on the pope.

Danneels once predicted that future popes were likely to retire before dying because modern medicine was extending life — something that came to pass in 2013 when Pope Benedict unexpectedly stood down as pontiff.

“We live too long and people cannot continue to carry that responsibility if they turn 90 or 100. It doesn’t matter how well they are looked after,” said Danneels, one of the most media-friendly members of the College of Cardinals. Born on June 4, 1933 in western Flanders, Danneels was made archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels in 1979 and took part in the 2005 conclave that chose Benedict and the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Catherine Evans

Photo Credit: Office of Communications, Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussel


A message from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Waterloo, Belgium


In Memory of Cardinal Danneels

Cardinal Godfried Danneels died on Thursday, March 14, 2019. He was the strength of the Belgian church for a long time and a friend to Our Lady of Mercy. We had the honour of welcoming Cardinal Danneels on several occasions when he generously agreed to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in our parish. We were particularly struck by his words of great wisdom and gentleness to our confirmands and parishioners. 

The funeral took place in the Sint-Rombouts Cathedral in Mechelen took place Friday, March 22 at 11am

Memorial Mass was held Sunday, March 24 at 11am in the Brussels Cathedral with the participation of Cardinal De Kesel.

Reverend Paul D. Minnihan, AC’93


Rev. Minnihan dies at 52

By Carrie McClish
Staff writer

In September, the weekend after the celebration of his 25th anniversary as a priest, Rev. Paul Minnihan recounted what he described as “God moments” in his parish’s bulletin.

He wrote about the joy of seeing people from his childhood and from his home parish of Transfiguration in Castro Valley. He wrote of the presence of Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, who ordained him a priest of Oakland and who “was here to bless my years forward 25 years later. That’s a tremendous gift from God.”

Father Minnihan, who died Feb. 24 of cancer at age 52, went on to describe this milestone as a moment “when God just opened a floodgate of grace and blessing.” He also mentioned Father Richard Mangini, another retired priest of the diocese, who “placed the vestment on me I wore 25 years ago.”

He also wrote of the special gift of celebrating his anniversary and his father’s 92nd birthday on the same day. “To have my parents with me is God’s blessing.”

Another “God moment” for the priest was the mentorship and friendship of Father Dan Danielson, his first pastor as a priest. “He was there last weekend in spirit,” Father Minnihan wrote. “The meaningfulness of these encounters is beyond measure.”

The priest, who died just over a month after his beloved mentor, left many who knew him and ministered with him saddened and stunned by news of his death. Dozens of people turned to Facebook to mourn his passing and to console one another.

Father Minnihan, a native of Castro Valley, grew up in Transfiguration Parish. He was graduated from Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, and he attended St. Joseph’s College Seminary in Los Altos, where he was graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, with a master’s degree in religious studies. He was ordained at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Oakland by Bishop Cummins on Sept. 11, 1993, and returned to Belgium to complete an advanced degree in theology. From 1997 to 2000 he was pastoral and sacramental life minister at AFNORTH NATO base in The Netherlands.

During his 25-year journey as a priest he served as parochial vicar to the Catholic Community of Pleasanton (1994 to 1997); parochial administrator at St. Jerome Parish in El Cerrito (2001 to 2004); pastor at St. Monica Parish in Moraga (2004 to 2007); pastor at St. Paschal Parish in Oakland (2010 to 2013); and provost at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland (2006 to 2010). He had been pastor at the Catholic Community of Pleasanton since 2013.

On the diocesan level, Father Minnihan also served as director of Worship, and was a teacher in the pastoral school of ministry. He also served on the U.S. Bishops’ Commission on Evangelization.

“Father Paul was one of the hardest working priests I know,” said Rev. Stephan Kappler, a friend and former pastor at St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland. “He loved his priestly ministry and was a natural leader. When he accompanied the People of God in his parish/community, he did so wholeheartedly, with a deep sense of integrity, and with concern for quality. With Father Paul, there was no half-baked, sloppy presentation of anything, he demanded quality and a sense of doing things right, because he knew his parishioners deserved that. He led by example and he was a great mentor, teacher, and shepherd.”

During a pilgrimage to Italy a few years ago where he and Father Minnihan served as spiritual guides, Rev. Jayson Landeza witnessed Father Minnihan’s pastoral style. “He was very much like a good shepherd, he made sure that people were taken care of,” Father Landeza said.

“He was sharp, incisive and honest,” said Father Landeza, pastor at St. Benedict Parish in Oakland, noting that he also publicly addressed his own demon, drinking. “He was honest with the people in his parish and they were supportive of him in his recovery.”

Father Minnihan is survived by his parents, Charles and Marie Minnihan.

Visitation will be at 5:15 p.m., followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. March 7. A funeral Mass for Father Minnihan is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. March 8, with a reception to follow. All at St. Augustine Church, 3999 Bernal Ave, Pleasanton.

Committal will begin at 3 p.m. March 8 with solemn vespers in the Mausoleum at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

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Rev. Paul D. Minnihan
July 18, 1966 - February 24, 2019
Resident of Pleasanton
Rev. Paul D. Minnihan, Pastor of The Catholic Community of Pleasanton, passed away February 24, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Charles & Marie Minnihan, his sister Jeanne Kierst (Timothy), nephew Jonathan Cucculelli, and numerous cousins. 
"Fr. Paul engaged with the city of Pleasanton and the broader tri-valley community supporting many programs such as the Pleasanton Unified School District ESL program, AA & Al-Anon, fair housing, Kids Against Hunger and numerous others, using the church to give the community the opportunity to grow in service," said Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, Associate Pastor.
Fr. Paul was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Oakland in 1993. After an additional year of graduate studies, he was assigned to the Catholic Community of Pleasanton in 1994 as parochial vicar (associate pastor). After further educational and pastoral experience, in 2006 the Bishop of Oakland invited Father Minnihan to serve as first Provost for the yet-to-be-built Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light and be the Bishop of Oakland's master of ceremonies.
As Provost, he sat on the diocesan cathedral design team, given charge of certain aspects of liturgical art and environment. Fr. Paul had oversight of the month-long dedication events for the Diocese, both ecclesial and civic gatherings. He was chief spokesperson for the bishop on the Cathedral highlighting the interaction of architecture, art and theology. 
In addition, he was named Director of Worship for the diocese in 2010. At that time, Father oversaw the preparation and implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal in Oakland. He coordinated programs of formation for parishes on the celebration of the mass and to pray the new missal.
Prior to his arrival in Pleasanton as Pastor, Fr. Paul was the Pastor at St. Paschal Baylon parish in Oakland, St. Monica parish in Moraga and St. Jerome parish in El Cerrito. He served on Priest Councils for the Diocese of Oakland. Also, he was California State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, is a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and was appointed a member to the United States Bishop's Commission on Evangelization.
Fr. Paul received a bachelor's degree in philosophy, Master's in Theology and an STD/PhD in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium.
In March of 2013, he was appointed Pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton where his service to the Catholic community continued. Vespers and Committal Service will be at Christ The Light Cathedral in Oakland. (Posted March 1, 2019 in East Bay Times).

Theodore Scharle III, AC’58

Theodore “Ted” Scharle, age 85, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018 with his wife, Katie, and daughter, Meg, at his side. As he stated in his very first lecture as a philosophy professor at Loras College in 1962, “the innermost desires of my heart were always to be a teacher,” and he fulfilled those desires by completing his 56th year of teaching last spring at the University of Portland. Read the full obituary online.

Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, AC’57 dies at 88


The Most Rev. Robert Mulvee is pictured in 2009, when he was bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Providence. [The Providence Journal, file]


Rhode Island Catholic


Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 12:00 am

PROVIDENCE — Bishop Emeritus Robert E. Mulvee, D.D., J.C.D., 88, died Friday, Dec. 28, following a brief illness.

“It is with profound sorrow that I share the sad news that after a brief illness, Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, retired Bishop of Providence, passed away at St. Antoine Residence, North Smithfield, today, December 28, 2018,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said in a statement.

“Bishop Mulvee was a good and gentle shepherd of God’s people. He was a faithful follower of Christ who served the Church with dignity and compassion. Please pray for the peaceful repose of his soul, and for the consolation of all those who mourn his loss.”

Bishop Mulvee served as a shepherd in the Diocese of Providence for 10 years, beginning in 1995, when he was named by the Vatican to serve as coadjutor to then-Bishop Louis E. Gelineau.

After serving alongside Bishop Gelineau for two years, in 1997 he became the seventh Bishop of Providence.

From 1999 until 2005, when Bishop Mulvee retired, Msgr. John Darcy served as his vicar general, chancellor and personnel director.

“Bishop Mulvee was such a delight,” said Msgr. Darcy, who now serves as pastor of St. Margaret Parish in East Providence, on the bishop’s passing.

“We had many opportunities for private conversations about the diocese, about the priesthood, about seminary formation. He was such a wonderful bishop to the priests; he really knew them and cared for them very, very deeply. That was his greatest attribute I would say.”

Known for taking a pastoral approach to matters, Bishop Mulvee often visited the infirm and provided comfort to those who experienced a loss in their lives. This was especially notable during the infamous Station Nightclub fire in February 2003, a tragedy that claimed the lives of 100 concert-goers in West Warwick.

As a shepherd, Bishop Mulvee displayed much reverence for the sacraments, especially matrimony and holy orders, commemorating the many years that married couples remained committed to each other by offering special Masses in their honor, and also in presiding over the Holy Hour for Vocations on the eve of ordinations to the priesthood.

In the mid-1980s, a full 15 years before the standard for dealing with clergy sexual abuse matters was announced in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2001 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Bishop Mulvee was known for implementing a zero tolerance approach to clerical sex abuse.

He took a strong pastoral approach in meeting with those who said they had been abused in the past.

“It was part of the scene and I dealt with it. I met with the victims,” he told Rhode Island Catholic in a 2017 interview as he marked the occasion of his 60th anniversary as a priest and 40th as a bishop.

In October 2000, he showed a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, honoring her by leading 400 faithful from across the diocese on a three-night pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the Holy Year.

Less than a year later, when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 hit very close to home, Bishop Mulvee celebrated a Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, offering his unwavering support for his friend and fellow shepherd Bishop Kenneth Angell, who lost his brother David and sister-in-law Lynn on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to be flown by terrorists into the World Trade Center.

He was also known as a true friend and mentor to many pursuing a priestly vocation at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, a holy place where his presence was often felt. In addition to visiting the seminary on holy days and to lead Holy Hours, Bishop Mulvee would also make it a point to visit on other occasions, even just to connect on a social level to see how his future priests were doing.

Retiring in 2005, Bishop Mulvee split his time between Providence and South Florida, spending winter seasons in a climate which he said added years to his life by allowing him to remain active when the mercury plummeted in New England.

“He loved being in the warm weather and the sunshine and getting pool therapy for his leg and his back,” Msgr. Darcy said of the way that Bishop Mulvee preferred to treat some of his ailments over the years. “He was enjoying that very, very much.”

In 2017, Bishop Mulvee was honored by the Diocese of Providence with a Lumen Gentium award for his years of dedicated service to the faithful.

Humble Beginnings in Boston and New Hampshire

Born in Boston on Feb. 15, 1930, Robert Edward Mulvee, the son of the late John F. and Jennie T. Mulvee, was considered a late vocation because he didn’t discern a life of priestly service until he was in high school.

He entered Newman Prep School for one post high school year to compensate for not having studied Latin earlier.

It was during this time that a visit to the school and talk from then-Cardinal Richard Cushing encouraged him to follow the path that led him to where he is today.

“We have more priests in Boston than we’ll ever need,” Bishop Mulvee told Rhode Island Catholic, recalling the cardinal's message to the students. “You won’t become a pastor of your own parish until you’re in your 60s. Go to a diocese that needs you.”

Heeding the advice, which his fellow classmates did as well — with none of his classmates going on to study for the Archdiocese of Boston — the young Mulvee prepared for the priesthood at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut; Saint Paul Seminary at the University of Ottawa, Canada; and the American College at the University of Louvain in Belgium.

He was ordained for the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, on June 30, 1957 at Louvain.

"I was ordained in Belgium at Louvain with only my one brother present,” he recalled of his ordination day.

“You didn’t come home for ordination; you were ordained right at the seminary.”

Over the next several years he would serve at a number of parishes in the Granite State before returning to Europe for graduate study.

In 1964 he completed his doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and also received a master’s degree in religious education from the University of Louvain. Later that year, he was named assistant chancellor of the New Hampshire Diocese and began a career in which he held numerous diocesan and parish positions.

In 1966, Pope Paul VI named him a papal chamberlain with the title of monsignor.

On April 14, 1977, at the age of 47, he was named the first auxiliary bishop of Manchester.

Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware

After serving for eight years as an auxiliary bishop in Manchester, Bishop Mulvee was installed in 1985 as the seventh Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware.

The next 10 years in Wilmington would be some of his most active and exciting years of his ministry.

He served for part of that time as board member with Catholic Relief Services, traveling to some of the most far-flung outposts around the world.

Reading like a chapter from a spy novel, Bishop Mulvee recounted a trip he took on behalf of the organization to post-war Vietnam.

It was a period of instability in which he had to trade his U.S. passport for an Irish one, with the permission of State Department authorities, so that he could visit local churches in Saigon to determine how they were faring under communist rule.

Ditching their government minder by telling him that they would be celebrating Mass together in the church for 90 minutes, Bishop Mulvee and his the local priest offered a shorter Mass then proceeded into a small side chapel to discuss church business in private.

When he asked the priest what he needed to serve his congregation, the priest replied money, but was doubtful that anyone from the outside could get that to him.

Hearing this, Bishop Mulvee smiled and produced a thick money belt he had been told to wear on the trip and handed it to the priest. It was filled with $100 bills.

“He cried when he saw it,” he remembered.

During his time with CRS he also visited Vladivostok, Russia, bringing goodwill wishes from the people there directly to Pope John Paul II, with whom he met at the Vatican a couple of days later, as well as India, on two occasions.

Back in Wilmington, he enjoyed serving as the shepherd of one of only two dioceses in the nation whose territory encompasses parts of two states. The other is Arizona.

“It was a unique experience which I loved,” he recalled, despite sometimes having to fly from one part of the diocese to the other and also holding dual ceremonies, such as two Chrism Masses, two Christmas Masses.

He also developed a close rapport with then-Senator Joe Biden, who lived in Wilmington. Biden, who would go on to become vice president, was a parishioner in the diocese.

“He would come over for breakfast,” Bishop Mulvee recalled, noting how Biden would call first to ask if he were having coffee and if so, ask him to put two cups out so they could discuss church and world issues around the kitchen table.

In 1995, after serving a decade as shepherd in Wilmington, Bishop Mulvee would come to the Diocese of Providence where he would serve for the next decade before retiring in 2005.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly, the ninth and current bishop of Wilmington, issued a statement on the passing of Bishop Mulvee.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, brother, and predecessor, Bishop Robert Mulvee,” Bishop Malooly said. “I had the pleasure of working with Bishop Mulvee as part of the Maryland Catholic Conference while I was serving in the Archdiocese of Baltimore during his ten years tenure as Bishop of Wilmington. The people of this diocese had a great affection and admiration for Bishop Mulvee, and he loved and cherished them."

“He was a dedicated and faith-filled leader who will be greatly missed. I join the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore in sending our heart-felt condolences to Bishop Tobin and the Catholic community of Rhode Island during this time of shared loss.”

Bishop Tobin called for prayers at the passing of Bishop Mulvee.

“Grant we pray, almighty God, that the soul of your departed servant Bishop Robert Mulvee, to whom you committed the care of your family, may enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord. Amen.”

Reception of the body will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 3PM, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Fenner Street, Providence.   

Visitation in the Cathedral follows until 7PM.  

Evening Prayer on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7PM, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence.  

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11AM in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence.   

Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. 

Any donations in memory of Bishop Mulvee can be made to support either the diocesan homeless shelter Emmanuel House, or to The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee Fund for the Education of Seminarians. (c/o Stewardship and Development Office, 1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI  02903)

Statement from the Diocese of Providence

Article from the Diocese of Wilmington

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.