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]
BY RICK SNIZEK, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
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)
Richard Earl Cross, AC’58
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
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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
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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 www.wrightandsalmon.com.
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 www.hmdfuneralhome.com. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday's edition of the newspaper.