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2017

Joe Connolly passed away on June 15th following a brief illness. A wake was held on Monday evening, June 19th, at the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 4 Common St., Stoneham between 4:00 and 8:00 PM on Monday evening. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday morning, June 20th, at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham. Click here for his obituary.
A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home to express the sympathy of the class. May he rest in peace.
Thanks to all who either attended the wake and/or the Mass of Christian Burial which was performed by Frank Cloherty and Joe McDermott. Among those at the wake and/or Mass were Bob Butler, Arnie Colletti, Leo & Linda Finnegan, Bill and Peg MacDougall, Jim McGowan, Mike Regan and Mike Tighe. Many others, including Charlie Bourque, Fred Brigham, John & Carole Foley, Luke Lauretano, Jack Keane, Joe & JoAnne McCarthy and Rick Visbisky expressed their condolence through emails with Mass cards, celebrating Mass with his intention and remembering him in their prayers. The class support certainly meant a lot to Betty and her family.
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Ed McDonagh reported in from Nevada with the following email that he would not be able to come to the gathering but sent his regards to the class and gave an update on activities in his part of the world:
"As much as I would like to attend the class gathering on June 27th, mainly because of distance from Boston I will not be able to attend. I am well, thank God, and still am supplying on weekdays and weekends in various parishes in the diocese of Reno. With only 44 priests in a diocese of 40 parishes, and only one Deacon to be ordained to the Priesthood this year and at least 5 priests who will be of retirement age in the coming three years, the need for priests in this area is grave. From what I read Boston seems to be in worse condition considering the size of the diocese. My prayers are with all of you that since God has given us the gift of senior citizens He will also give us the strength of good health. God bless you all. Ed McDonagh"
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Leo Nolan passed on to the Lord peacefully on April 28th. Visitation hours were between 5-8pm, Monday, May 1st, at the Devito Funeral Home, 1145 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 10am at St. Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge St., Winchester, MA, followed by interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington. Click here for his obituary.
A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home to express the sympathy of the class.
Jack Nichols attended the wake and then concelebrated the Mass. He reported that the Mass was well planned and Leo's children and grandson took part in the liturgy. The celebrant gave a good homily mentioning Leo's life as a loving husband and father to his children while acknowledging Jack as a classmate and friend.
A true soldier and family man, may he rest in peace.
Our many classmate expressions of condolence and participation in the funeral were appreciated by the family.
Dave Nolan, Leo's son, sent in this email expressing their family gratitude for our class support during this difficult period:
"Hi Don, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all you did for my father's wake. The condolences from you and his other classmates provided us with such great support in a very sad time for our family and the flower arrangement was stunning. I also wanted to let you know that I had the great pleasure of speaking at length with Father Nichols. He shared many fond memories of my Dad with me and even participated in the funeral mass. He was a true gentleman and it was a great pleasure to meet and speak with him. On behalf of my family and myself thank you so much for all of your kindness and support. We are eternally grateful. All the best, -Dave Nolan"
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Jack Keane has just launched a new website to display his ever increasing art work. Click here to view it.
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Leo Finnegan is still singing with his choral group, Voices of Naples, and sent in this great video of the group at Hammond Field in Fort Myers, FL, where they were asked to sing the National Anthem at the Twins-Red Sox game. Leo mentioned that this was only about one third of the composition of the group and while the microphone was poorly placed, everyone agreed they sounded terrific. Click on the underlined words to watch and hear them sing.
Leo and Linda look forward to seeing everyone at the gathering in June.
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Ed Moran passed on to the Lord on February 4th at Christopher House in Worcester, MA following a lengthy illness. Ed was waked on Thursday, February 9th, at St. Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury between 4-7 PM followed by a brief prayer service. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, February 10th, at 11:00 AM also at St. Anne's Church. A floral arrangement was sent to the Church on the day of the wake to express the sympathy of the class. May he rest in peace.
In the face of a major snowstorm, Jack Nichols went from Newport and picked up Barry Wall to attend Ed’s funeral in Worcester. Bob Wardell was also in attendance. Jack said "the Mass was concelebrated with about thirty-five priests and three Bishops (all connected with Worcester) which was a fine tribute to Ed. It was especially fitting that the homilist made reference to Ed Mahan being such a close friend of Ed Moran for so many years and brought back memories of them both."
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Joe McCarthy emailed from Vermont that he is recuperating from a stroke he suffered the day after Christmas. If that isn't enough, his wife, Jo-Anne, is now recuperating from Dementia. They wanted to express their deepest sympathy with the Murphy family and let them know that they are not alone.
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Jack Doherty sent in an email advising that he is at the Letterkenny hospital in Donegal being treated for COPD. He wanted to give his deepest sympathy to the Murphy family.
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Marsha Quealy sent the following thank you note to the class:
To the Class of 1962,
I'm sorry it has taken so long to acknowledge all you have done to make an extremely difficult time in my life a little easier. Thank you to those of you made it to the wake and the funeral to express your condolences and a very special "thank you" to Fathers Butler, Farrell, McGowan, and Regan for their participation in Bill's funeral. Also, the flower arrangement that the Class sent was very beautiful. For those of you who sent Mass Cards, donations to Parkinson's Research, sympathy cards, and personal notes your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated by Allison and me. Sincerely, Marsha Quealy
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Mo Murphy passed on to the Lord on January 29th, after a long struggle with COPD. His wake was at the Cartmell Davis Funeral Home, Plymouth, MA on Thursday, February 2nd, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Church in Duxbury, MA on Friday, February 3rd, at 10:00am. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Kingston, MA. A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home on behalf of the class.
Frank Cloherty, Bob Butler, Mike Regan and Jim McGowan concelebrated the Mass. Among the attendees were Jim/Claire Hickey, Dick/Joan Carey, Joe/Betty Connolly, and Peter McDonald. May he rest in peace.
His obituary can be viewed at the class Biographies.
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Bill Quealy passed on to the Lord on January 2nd. His wake was held at the Cafasso Funeral Home, 25 Clark Street (corner of Main St.), Everett, MA, on Friday, January 6th between 4 and 8 PM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM on Saturday, January 7th, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett. Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery. A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home on behalf of the class.
Despite the weather conditions, Bob Butler, Mike Regan and Jim McGowan concelebrated the Mass.
This link contains Bill's obituary as listed at the funeral home. May he rest in peace.

2016

Bill Quealy has suffered a setback in health as reported by his wife, Marsha, on December 17th. After required surgery, complications ensued and he became paralyzed from the neck down and is failing quickly. Please keep him and Marsha in your prayers.
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Pat Barletta reported that his sister Rose and her husband Ronald Saulnier will celebrate 50 years of marriage on November 24th, Thanksgiving Day. Congratulations to the both of them. Ron Saulnier was once in the class of '63 at St. John's.
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Jim Kelly passed away peacefully on November 1st. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Bartholomew Church, 1180 Greendale Ave., in Needham at 10AM on Saturday, November 5th. Viewing hours were between 4-8PM, November 4th, at George Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 1305 Highland Ave., Needham with interment at St. Mary's Cemetery. A floral expression of sympathy was sent to the funeral home on behalf of the class.
Both Bill & Peg MacDougall and Dick & Joan Carey went to the viewing and attended the funeral services and passed on the sympathy of the class to Dottie and her family.
For your information, Jim and Dottie had been married for 54 years and had two children. He was a graduate of Boston College, a veteran of the Korean War, and retired as District Manager of the Norwood Social Security Office.
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The Washington Post today, October 31st, reported that the Smithsonian Institution recently appointed Peter Manseau, son of Bill Manseau, as the first Curator of Religion since 1890. If you click here you can read the entire article and the scope of his new position. In essence, with a grant from the nonprofit Lilly Endowment, he'll lead a five year series of events and exhibitions depicting religion in our country's history. The exhibit will open in June at the National Museum of American History.
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Tony Dickson celebrated his 80th birthday on November 6, 2015 with a special Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, in Bridgetown, Barbados. His homily was videotaped on YouTube and he wanted to share it with the class. Click here to view the video. He also sent in his biography which you can view by going to Biographies.
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George Hickey is recovering nicely following a month long hospitalization with an ongoing follow up physical therapy.
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Bill Helmick is convalescing comfortably At Campion Center in Weston after his recent heart bypass surgery.
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Jack Keane is one of a two man art exhibit currently at Access Framingham TV's art gallery where he was videotaped on April 3rd kicking off the event. In the interview he discusses the subject matter of his paintings, the type of art he paints and some of his formal art background. Click here to watch the video.
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George Hickey sent in some great pictures which his sister uncovered evoking memories of events surrounding the class ordination. It's particularly appropriate to see them as another anniversary (54 years) is approaching. Many classmates are prominently in the mix. View the photos here.
George also emailed the following comments regarding the pictures: "Suddenly my daughter found the pictures she was certain I had retrieved from her and now I want to share them with all of you.
Those days prior to Ordination were filled with rehearsals, retreats, and all the preparations for our First Masses which we were doing during our isolated living. We all know of the printing error on the class picture which resulted in two Jim Hickeys! That finally got corrected.
In another unexpected surprise, I received sort of a double barreled bolt when I was summoned to Stapleton's office. What has gone wrong? Then he told me of the plan to have the Pilot follow one member of the class through the days of Ordination. Having received Msgr Hickey's (my uncle) OK to have the family featured, Phil Stack (of the Pilot) then followed me for the next several days, even to St. Mary's in Chelmsford for the approach to my new assignment and then to St Peter's in Dorchester for the First Mass. These pictures of some 54 years hence reflect not just one person but all of us, in our respective localities. I hope you enjoy these memories from 54 years past.
Best wishes to all on our anniversary."
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Luke Lauretano is an associate editor and board member of "Today's American Catholic", an independent non-profit journal which is run essentially by laypeople. Its mission is mainly to "keep open the windows of Vatican II". He's also very involved writing articles, book reviews and short stories on occasion. Another St. John's alumnus, Ed Burns, Class of '61, is a regular contributor to the journal. The journal is published 10 times a year but because of funding constraints its website has not been updated since 2013. There is an active funding campaign going on to remedy that shortfall to permit e-readership of its publications. Nonetheless, the journal continues to publish and recruit subscribers. Luke is intending to provide a complimentary hard copy of the publication to our class (which you may receive in the mail) so that we can enjoy the reading experience, the opportunity to opine, broadcast to others the positive directions of Vatican II and maybe subscribe to a worthwhile cause.
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The Class Gathering will be held at the Stockyard Restaurant on June 28th this year instead of the 14th. The response is overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to our usual record attendance. Please go to the Gatherings page for more details.                                                                                              

2015

Frank Cloherty gave his testimonial of Dick McBrien on December 18th as a result of many friends of Dick wanting to recognize and celebrate the first anniversary of his passing in January. Frank wanted to share with the class his thoughts on the impact Dick had on his life in the ministry.
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Tom Delaney emailed on December 13th: "Greetings to all, Linda and I just returned from a week in Costa Rica. Landed my first, and last, Sailfish. Great fun. Met people from all over Latin America. Had an especially interesting meeting with a young lady from La Paz. We shared thoughts and memories of the days when Che Guevara was leading the Revolution from Vallegrande. She had some friends and family associated with that frightening period of history. Those were really difficult days. It gave me a chance to reflect on what I was doing 50 years ago. I still have a great love and respect for the people I met in South America, and a few days in Nosara, Costa Rica brought back many memories of my years in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
A Blessed and Happy Christmas to all of my Classmates. I will be reflecting on those great days, and the years when we celebrated Christmas together in the Seminary. As I do each year, I will be listening to and enjoying the magnificent rendition of Russ Davis' "O Holy Night". For me, no one has ever sung it better. Thanks for the memories, Tom Delaney"
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Mo Murphy sent in an upbeat email that he and Kathy are about ready to head down to their annual refuge at Pinehurst in North Carolina after the New Year to shelter themselves from the harsh winter of New England. They will miss MA with family and friends (but not with the snow and cold). Although Mo has not been golfing regularly because of a couple of health issues, he expects to be back at Pinehurst in the Spring with all the same spirit. As he said in his email, like Gen MacArthur, he shall return! Among his prized children, his son, a USCG Commander, is now in Sitka, Alaska with his wife and four kids and enjoying their new assignment. Mo checks out our website regularly. I hope he serves as an inspiration to others to do the same; it keeps us in touch.
We're all slowly joining the new age!
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Bill and Peg MacDougall just returned from a Caribbean cruise where they met and had a great get together lunch with Tony Dickson. Click on his name to see a great picture.
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Tom Delaney has produced an awesome bird of paradise plant which now stands over five feet tall. Click here to see a couple of pictures of this beautiful flower. Tom enjoys his spare time at home growing flowers as a hobby.
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Jim Power passed away on August 14th following a brief illness. A wake was held between 4-8 PM on Monday, August 17th, at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 146 Dorchester St., South Boston with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Gate of Heaven Church, 615 East Fourth Street, South Boston on Tuesday, August 18th, at 11:00 AM. Interment was at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. A floral arrangement on behalf of the class was sent to the Funeral Home and a message of condolence on behalf of the class was entered in the funeral home website guest book.
George Hickey who was in attendance at the service, along with Dick Carey and Joe and Betty Connolly, reported that both Jack Nichols and John McLaughlin were among the concelebrants at the very impressive Mass. Although Jim's pastorate ended in 1993, the size of the congregation belied that as there were peers, baby boomers, what would be their children and some infants in attendance. Jim obviously continued his ministry to the fullest in retirement. His homilist, most probably his friend Lee Core, spoke of his love of the ministry he followed and reminded the congregation of their share in that ministry. May he rest in peace.
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The Hermione visit to Boston was a wonderful experience to witness on July 11th. Click on Hermione to see the twenty year in-the-making replica frigate as it approached Rowe's Wharf, a significant historical event where Lafayette came to tell George Washington in 1780 that France was coming to help defeat the British, a commemoration of our alliance with France which gained our independence in 1781. Three cheers for the French!
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The June 26th issue of the Pilot has a very complimentary article about Charlie Bourque, praising his work since being named temporary administrator of St John the Evangelist parish in Canton after the sudden death of his pastor and friend, Fr. Mike McLellan, on April 26th.
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Arnie Colletti uncovered his 1961-62 slides of the deaconate ceremony and summer camp which he hadn't seen in over fifty years. They've been digitized and you can now see them on the Reminiscences page.There are some fun shots of shows at summer camp.
Also, Joe McDermott recently updated his curriculum vitae which has been posted on the biography page.
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Our Class Gathering on June 9th was a resounding success with 42 in attendance and our own classmates (Rich Carey, Leo Finnegan, Jack Keane, Jim Hickey and Jim Power) provided entertainment after lunch. We were also happy to have with us Fred Brigham, our former professor at COC.
A class update was given on happenings since the last gathering. Three of our classmates, Harold Furblur, Dick McBrien, and Len Mullaney have passed on to the Lord. Of the fourteen who regretted they extended their best wishes to the class and look forward to being with us next year.
More classmates have mentioned they are connecting to the internet and our website to keep up to date with classmates and their families.
Everyone agreed our next gathering will again be at the Stockyard restaurant on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
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Dave Welsh from the class behind us contacted me after discovering our website and wanted to share some 40+ pictures of COC and St. Clement's Hall which he had taken while there. As an aside, he is now retired from a career as a high school teacher of foreign languages & photography, was also a sports cinematographer on the North Shore for many years and produced two weekly TV shows on several cable stations. He now owns Pixie Video Productions which has won many awards. His company is the official videographer for the Topsfield Fair and they specialize in wedding and special event videography. His pictures with excellent resolution have now been uploaded to our Reminiscences page. Check them out. Joe Sheehan, John Foley, Larry Pratt and Leo Finnegan are prominently noted in some photos.
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Leo Finnegan is a section leader with the Voices of Naples (Florida), a choral group of 70+ artists formed in 2002 to provide an opportunity for singers in the Naples area to study and perform a variety of choral music ranging from classical to pop. They perform at various venues during the winter months in Naples where Leo and Linda spend their winters. Their most recent concert on February 22nd, Music to Touch the Heart, comprised a wide range of music from Sacred to Broadway to Patriotic. The group performs internationally and has raised thousands of dollars over the last nine years for scholarships to outstanding high school seniors from the Naples area looking to pursue their education in vocal music.
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Jim Power reported that Msgr Al Palladino, our old History Professor, passed away on March 3rd at Regina Cleri. There was a visitation on Friday, March 6, at the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA from 2-4 PM and a Funeral Mass on Saturday, March 7, at St. Mary's Church, 55 Herbert St., Melrose, MA at 11 AM. Check out his obituary here.
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Pat Barletta sent in a couple of memorable pictures, first, the original Ordination picture from the Archdiocesan Directory of that year and then a fun picture of card sharks at Summer Camp. Check them out at Reminiscences and see if you can recognize them.
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Joe Foley recently sent in over 80 snapshots of our classmates taken at COC, Summer Camp and St. Clement's Hall. You can view them by going to Reminiscences. They are very entertaining to say the least.
His curriculum vitae with pictures has been added on the Biographies page.
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George Hickey reported that Dick McBrien passed on to the Lord at his home in Connecticut on Sunday, January 25th, after a long illness with cancer. Luke Lauretano provided details on the funeral arrangements, including a wake on the 29th and a Mass of Christian Burial on the 30th, both at the Church of St. Helena, West Hartford, CT. A floral arrangement was sent to the Church as an expression of sympathy to the family on behalf of the class.
Read the announcements from the National Catholic Reporter and the Hartford Courant. May he rest in peace.
Luke Lauretano sent the following detailed email regarding Dick's wake and service which was widely attended by friends and colleagues in spite of the severe weather conditions in the region.
“The wake for Dick McBrien was yesterday, Thursday, at the church of St. Helena, West Hartford, Ct. John Mahoney, class of '61 (I believe we called him Blonde-John) was there with his wife. I was glad to speak to him and recall some St. John days. I wasn't aware of anyone from the class of '62, either at the wake or today at the funeral. The weather has not been good for travel.
The funeral, today, Friday, 1/30/15, was a beautiful but, in some ways, low-key affair. The primary celebrant was Archbishop of Hartford, Leonard Blair. Concelebrants were two retired Archbishops of Hartford, and a current auxiliary bishop as well as a large group of diocesan priests. There was a number of dignitaries present including Fr. Charlie Curran who gave the homily/eulogy. It was a bit of a thrill to meet him and shake his hand. I also met Tom Broome from Boston College who attended, a real gentleman. It was a beautiful Mass, with full participation by the congregation, preceded by a wonderful musical prelude. The readings were done by Dick's brother, Harry, and by Dick's friend and caretaker, Beverly Braskauskas. I was privileged to lead the Prayer of the Faithful. A communication from Father Ted Hesburg, President Emeritus of Notre Dame University was read indicating the close personal friendship he had with Dick and the great work that Dick did at N.D. At the end of the Mass the assembled priests sang the Salve Regina which is a custom in this diocese, a beautiful end to the service.
There was, of course, a reception after in the church hall in which lots of reminiscing and renewing of friendships took place. It was the simple and down to earth get together that I believe Dick would have enjoyed. My wife and I shared lunch with one of Dick's caregivers whom I had come to know very well over the past year. She invested much of herself in caring for Dick. I was privileged to have visited with Dick during the past year every week with Father Gene Kilbride (he was our prefect at philosophy house if you remember) who brought him communion after which we would visit over coffee and reminisce about our seminary days. Best wishes, Luke”
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Joe Foley is back among the living! As fate would have it he came upon our website in January and noticed that he was on the deceased list. What a downer!
He immediately notified us to let us know that he was alive and well and wanted to wish all of his classmates a very Happy New Year.
After leaving the Sem during 2nd Philosophy at St. Clement's Hall, he entered the business world in the chemical and paper fields, retiring in 1999. He is now living in a senior residence in St. Columbkille's parish and enjoying his leisure years staying active and taking in sports, particularly the Patriots where he was an original season ticket holder in 1960 until he decided to let someone else enjoy the frenetic action at the stadium. He has been added to the roster with his contact information.
He has many nostalgic photos (80) from COC and St. John's which he is going to provide us so that we can put them on the site and relive those memorable days.
Thanks for finding us Joe and welcome back to the land of the living.
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In a recent conversation with Luke Lauretano, he mentioned that portrait painting is one of his hobbies. His work is very impressive and he has happily agreed to send in select pieces of his art which you can view here.
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Dick Carey mailed in this great article he wrote for the Dorchester Reporter on the occasion of the 49th anniversary celebration on December 16th of his graduation from St. Gregory's Grammar School (now Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy) in 1949. The attendees were entertained with patriotic and Christmas songs by the current pupils, and presented with posters of their visit made by the students. Missing from our Sem class was Butch Troy, but Paul Kingston and Ed Condon from the class ahead of us were in attendance along with Dick.
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Fred Brigham sent in this terrific story on St. John's Seminary from the January 2nd edition of the New York Times. In addition to it being a very engagingly interesting and sometimes entertaining article, the lead picture shows Mike Higgins, Larry Pratt, Jim Hickey, Don Troy, Mike Tighe, Bob Soucy, Luke Lauretano, and Kevin Crowley (of the class behind us) at the front gate of St. John's in 1959. Be sure to read it by clicking on the underlined words above and then double clicking on the picture for an enlarged view.
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Bill Quealy sent this greeting on New Year's day, "Best wishes to everyone and I look forward to seeing everyone in June." He also had a change of address and telephone which have been made on the class roster.                                                                                              

2014

Leonard Mullaney passed on to the Lord December 10th at his residence, Catholic Memorial Home, in Fall River. Jack Nichols reported the news and a call to Barry Wall verified that Len had passed away suddenly following breakfast that day. It was later reported that the cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Visiting hours were from 5-7PM on Wednesday, December 17th at the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, 178 Winter Street, Fall River followed by a funeral Mass at 11:45AM on December 18th at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street, Fall River. Burial was at St. Anthony's Cemetery, E. Falmouth. A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home as an expression of sympathy on behalf of the Class of 62. May he rest in peace.
Barry Wall reported that the funeral service was very fittingly solemn. Their two bishops, d'Cunha and Coleman, concelebrated the Mass along with about 45 priests, among them Jack Nichols, Larry Pratt, and Bob Soucy.
Barry gave a very warm and personal homily which you can read here. You can also click here to read Len's complete biography as reported in the Fall River Herald, including his obsession with motorcycles as part of his ministry.
Jim Power also sent in an obituary as reported in the South Coast News.
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Harold Furblur passed on to the Lord December 4th with his family at his side at the Epoch Senior Health Care Center in Brewster where he was being treated for a debilitating illness. His daughter called George Hickey to inform him. His funeral service was held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 8th, at the Doane-Beal & Ames Funeral Home at 260 Main Street, West Harwich followed by burial in Island Pond Cemetery, Harwich. A floral arrangement was sent to the funeral home as an expression of sympathy on behalf of the Class of 62.
George Hickey reported back after attending the service in West Harwich this morning that “The ceremony was very moving and spoke so well of the good life that Harry lived. The family was very grateful for the flowers and several remembrances. It was interesting that two of those that spoke recalled their meeting and remaining connected from his days in the ministry. I am glad I chose to make the trip.” Many thanks to George for his attendance and representing the class, as well as to all those who left their condolences with the funeral home guest book. Click here to view the memorial program.
You can read about Harry's very full and productive life by clicking on his biography. May he rest in peace.
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John Foley informed me about a very upbeat interview of Frank Cloherty by Susan Abbott in the Opinion section of the August 1st edition of The Pilot. Frank describes with verve his continuing involvement with the Lynn Catholic Collaborative, which energizes him and keeps him alive and well. I encourage you to read the entire interview by clicking here.
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Normand Bessette has been located and is happy to be reconnected to the class. He went to Georgetown University Medical School, became a cardiologist and established his practise in Camarillo, CA where he is living today. He has four children, three of whom are in the medical field. He is related to Saint Andre (Bessette) whose reliquary is located at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. He and his family attended the canonization at the Vatican in 2010. His home and email address have been added to the roster.
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Regina Cleri, the retired home for Boston priests, celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 5th. Click on Regina Cleri to read about the event as colorfully reported in the Boston Globe. Bob Butler can be seen in one of the pictures. The MacDougalls provided the news clipping.
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Jim Powers sent a letter to the Vatican Synod on the Marriage and Family Conference to be held in Rome in October 2014 with a topic on marriage he would like to see included in their discussions. He hopes it will inspire others to forward their thoughts as well. Read his letter by clicking on the underlined words above.
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Jack Nichols sent in a picture of the 1961 pilgrimage of the deacon class to Ste Anne de Beaupre in Quebec. Since it's in .pdf format you can expand the picture if you like.
He also sent in a compilation of those of us who left in the 50's. Click on the detailed document compiled by Jack Andrews at that time. There are four who are not on our roster, but they left during the first year. However, two not on the roster, X. O'Rourke and Ray Brault, left in 1958. It will be addressed at the June 10th Gathering.
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Don Morency visited Tom Delaney in Galveston, TX on April 9th for a few days in a very nostalgic get together after many years. Tom and his wife, Linda, were perfect hosts and Linda's home cooking was exceptional. We had a wonderful time touring the city with all its historical venues. It was a terrific trip and a delight to have been there with them. Tom looks forward to seeing everyone at the class gathering on June 10th. Click on Galvestson to see pictures of our visit.
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Leo Finnegan reported in that Tom Farley had passed away on April 5th in Haverhill, MA where he had moved to be with family because of declining health. A wake was held on Wednesday, April 9th, at Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill between 6-8 PM. Condolences were sent to the family and a flower arrangement was at the wake. Mike Tighe and Jack Farrell arranged their schedules to attend the wake to express sympathy on behalf of the class. Funeral services were held on April 14th at St. Joseph's Church in Ellsworth, ME where he was ordained. You can read about his very full and productive life by clicking on his biography. May he rest in peace.
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Don Morency's initial phone call to Tom Delaney on March 29th eventually turned to Dick Demers, a close friend of Tom. They had visited a couple of times before Dick's untimely passing, but Tom had only found out later that Dick had performed heroic actions as a Navy Lieutenant Chaplain in Vietnam in February 1968 during the Battle for Hue City, the bloodiest and longest battle of the war.
It all happened in August 2012 when Tom's Elks Club in Galveston hosted a group of wounded Vietnam veterans of Texas. Tom asked if anyone remembered Chaplain Demers and one of them not only remembered him, but said that he had given him the last rites on the battlefield.
Marine Corporal Joe Tiscia, a Silver Star recipient, explained it this way: “A big strong man with a desire to take care of his Marines. I do not believe he had been in Vietnam very long when TET began. He was pretty brave going from Hue and back to Phu Bai to take care of his Marines. I was in the back of a Deuce and Half with wounded from a battle in the suburbs of Hue. It is referred to as the "Road to the Graveyard". We had 21 dead and the rest of us were wounded. He gave us all the Last Rites of the Catholic Church. I just remembered he took care of us seeing about our wounds and helping the medical personnel at Phu Bai. It was good to see him there; and gave us peace of mind. That is about all I know of the "Good Chaplain at Hue".
A now retired Navy Captain Chaplain, Eli Takesian, who was interviewed in 2002, said this of Dick during the conflict: “2nd Battalion, 5th Marines was ordered to Hue, to help recapture the city. Their chaplain was Dick Demers, a Roman Catholic priest from Fall River, Massachusetts. Tall and brawny, he looked like a Notre Dame linebacker … a damned good chaplain … admired by all! The troops called him Super Cross.”
Dick was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic and meritorious service in February 1969 at Parris Island, NC. Futher information on his life prior to his passing in 2002 can be found in his biography. May he rest in peace.
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Tom Delaney has been located and is enjoying life in Galveston, TX with his wife, Linda. He is still in the insurance business and is happy to have been reconnected to the class. He looks forward to revisiting with some of his old classmates and will try to make it to the gathering in June. In part he said: "A beautiful day here on Galveston Island. Would love to entertain any member of the Class of 62 here on the Island. Have a great day." Click here to see his biography.
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Joe Meehan was located in March thanks to Jack Nichols. Joe is well and enjoying his retirement years with his wife, Carolee, in Spring Hill, Florida. They both spend a lot of time travelling around the country now visiting their three grown children and grandchildren.
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Received a call recently from Jack Doherty in Ireland saying that he and Joyce will be in the Boston area in June and that they look forward to seeing everyone at our class gathering.
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Pat Barletta uncovered a 1956 COC record with three former classmates not previously listed among us: David McGowan now deceased, Thomas O'Donnell of Peabody, and William Ricard of Springfield. If you have any information on the latter two, please let us know. Their address of record is listed on the Classmates page.
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Len Mullaney sent in information highlighting his career in Fall River, and thanks to the Fall River Catholic Weekly, The Anchor, biographical information on our other two Fall River classmates, Barry Wall and John Andrews, has been received. All three curricula vitae are now listed on the Biographies page. Also, check out their ordination day picture taken by The Anchor.
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John Fox passed on to the Lord on January 5th. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 8th at St. Theresa Church, West Roxbury with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. John was a teacher in the Boston Public Schools and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3049. May he rest in peace.                                                                                              

2013

Arnie Colletti sent in this 1960 St. John's schedule which certainly brings back memories of the very structured and disciplined life we all led back in those days. As Arnie said in his email, it was "The day of the giants". Society has changed so much that I'm sure that it would be difficult at best for anyone to handle the strict lifestyle to which we were subjected. But we lived it and were better for it.
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Jack Keane has recently been recognized at an exhibit in Malborough sponsored by the Belmont Gallery of Art where one of his paintings, "Down Concord River", has been awarded "Best of Nature" out of 74 entries with 54 acceptances. Another show at the Gallery between November 3 and December 15 has selected two of his paintings because of their influence by Winslow Homer; one, "Undefeated", and the other, "Unmovable", can be seen on their website. Click on paintings to see his entire collection.
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Charlie Bourque, when asked how he became involved in the Hispanic community in the Archdiocese said,
"It all started when John Farrell and I were asked by Bill Granville to join the COC Seminary Faculty in the summer of 1963. I was sent to Boston College for an MA in French Literature and was teaching blissfully in that field when a seminarian came to me the night before the final exam with a complaint about having to study French when the Archdiocese was filling up with folks from Central and South American countries along with thousands of people from Puerto Rico. "We should be studying Spanish!" he said. I realized immediately that he was correct. I told him so; however, I also told him that he would have to take the French exam the next day. He is now a happy pastor in the Archdiocese.
"The next day I spoke with Bob Banks, the rector at the time, and told him that I wanted to study and then teach Spanish. That summer I took courses at Boston University concentrating much more at learning to speak and listen to the language rather than involving myself in the literature as I had with French. During the summer of 1972, I took more courses; but I went to Chelsea every night and visited with some families that I had met through Larry Borges. It was immersion, but in Chelsea. I left the seminary faculty in 1979 and was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jamaica Plain. I was made pastor the following year.
"Since retirement I have been asked to go for short stints in Chelsea, Peabody-Salem, Lawrence and East Boston for Spanish ministry. At present I am in Jamaica Plain once again along with the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston.
"Bringing people together is a tedious but very rewarding effort. There are many people who are bi-lingual and are willing to bridge the cultures and the languages. In many cases they have become parish leaders and work tirelessly to insure that both coummunities are kept informed of all activities and opportunities to celebrate together.
"Today, we do celebrate some bilingual liturgies and other services with careful planning, and it works well. The Easter Vigil, the Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper, Vigil Masses at Christmas, Mass on Thanksgiving Day along with parish confirmations are almost always bilingual celebrations".
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Eureka! One of our 12 missing classmates has been happily located. Joseph V. McCarthy, a practicing psychologist, lives in Vermont with his wife, Jo-Anne. After a long conversation, he may be with us at our next reunion. His personal data have been emailed to the class on the latest class roster.
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After passing on to the Lord on July 14th, a prayer service was held for Skip Jennings at Regina Cleri on July 18th with Bob Butler, Jack Keane, Jim McGowan, Mike Regan, Tim Shea and Mike Tighe in attendance. And on the 20th, Bob Butler, Joe Connolly, John McLaughlin, Mike Regan, and Mike Tighe were among the hundreds of parishioners celebrating Skip's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's in Somerville.
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Don Morency returned from an enjoyable and educational trip to Ireland on May 20th. It all started with a telephone conversation last year with Ron McLaughlin and then a call to Black Jack Mahoney, a mesmerizing historian, who lives in Kinvara. Upon my arrival, Jack Nichols, who happened to be at the tail end of one of his many visits to his native land where he has a lot of acquaintances, met me at Shannon. He gave me the cook's tour on the way to Kinvara stopping at a magnificent castle called, Dromoland, where we had an elegant breakfast. Arriving in Kinvara, I met with Black Jack and his wife, Emer, at their home where she prepared a lovely lunch. We reminisced for a while and then Black Jack, a seasoned history professor and great story teller, gave me a crash yet detailed course on the history of Ireland - absolutely fascinating. For three days we toured the Kinvara/Galway region and I certainly got a sense of the plight of the Irish past, while at the same time the warmth of the Irish present. Jack & Emer's hospitality was like family.
We were also so happy and fortunate that Jack and Joyce Doherty were able to make the five hour drive down from Donegal to catch up with us for one day. It was a great get together, and Jack & Joyce specifically asked me to extend an invitation to anyone from the class to visit them at their lovely home in Donegal. Click here to view pictures of the trip. Erin go Bragh!
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Ed DesRoches passed away on May 20th after a long battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 10AM on Friday, May 24th, at St. Joseph Church in Needham with burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in Needham. Gratefully, Dick Carey reported that, in addition to himself, the class was represented by Peter McDonald, John McLaughlin, and Jim & Dottie Kelly.
Don Morency had been in contact with Ed both by telephone and email up until about a couple of months ago. Ed said that he had cancer first in the lungs then in the neck/head (thoracic) area and was going to Dana Farber once a week for chemo treatments. The last email Don received from him said that he was experiencing one of the worse days of his life but that he was fighting this thing and was going to win. Early on in his career, Ed traveled the country as an editor for a Boston college textbook publisher, hitting nearly all the states many times and ending up with Harvard and MIT as his territory. In 1972 he founded, owned, edited and published a 96+ page magazine called Real Estate Professional Magazine with a worldwide circulation of 170,000, a magazine devoted to many aspects of the real estate industry, which he sold in 2010 for health reasons. A faithful communicant, he developed a close friendship with the late Jim Haddad for fifteen years until Jim passed away. He told Don that for many years he thought of attending our annual event but always held back. Had he been in better health, he would have come to our June 2nd gathering this year. May he rest in peace.
A wonderful testimonial was aired by Dick Carey in his weekly sports commentary, Carey's Corner, on the Needham Cable Channel. View it here.
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Although Ed McDonagh will be unable come to the June gathering, he sent the following email on April 24th: "All is well here, thank God. I am still helping out on weekends by filling in at parishes for the resident pastor. The diocese is small, only 35 parishes with 40 priests but large in area. Besides the English speaking priests, we have Filipino and Mexican priests and priests from India serving in the parishes. There are very large Mexican and Filipino communities in the diocese. Most of the parishes have at least one Mass in Spanish so I have had to learn to celebrate Mass in Spanish. It has been quite a challenge but the people appreciate the attempt. Give my best wishes to everyone and from my experience of the 50th last year, I am sure all will have a good time."
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Joe Sheehan passed away on February 28th at the Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Center in West Hartford, CT after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral Arrangements were by the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home in West Hartford, CT with a Mass of Christian Burial on March 5th at the Church of St. Helena, also in West Hartford, CT. Both Luke Lauretano and Mike Tighe attended the service.
Luke sent the following email March 5th regarding the wake and service: "I attended the wake for Joe yesterday and extended the condolences of the class of 62 to the family. The funeral this morning was a beautiful service. There was beautiful violin music before the Mass. The celebrant of the Mass was Father Leo Shea, MM, a classmate of Joe's brother John. His homily was a perfect mix of resurrection theology and rememebrances of Joe with a little local humor mixed in. Joe's children participated directly by doing the readings and other family and/or friends led the Prayer of the Faithful. There was a formal eulogy after the mass which was given by Joe's brother-in-law, Robert F. Jefferson. His eulogy was a lengthy but touching review of Joe's life filled with many personal touches such as the fact that Joe cautioned him not to represent him (Joe) as "just a jock"! Indeed Joe's academic accomplishments especially at the UCONN School of Medicine were amazing and many of them were noted in the eulogy. Also present at the Mass was Father Eugene Kilbride, retired, and of the parish of St. Helena where the funeral was held. You may recall that Gene Kilbride was First Prefect at St. Clement's Hall when we were, I believe, in 2nd year Philosophy. I was pleased to find Mike Tighe sitting in front of me (after I, with much embarassment, had asked some other guy, "are you Mike?" Anyhow it was a great pleasure to talk to Mike and later to John Sheehan. All through the mass I was struck by my hearing of that old Boston accent all around me in the singing and the prayers. I had forgotten how to "talk Boston"."
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Chris Connolly, son of Joe and Betty Connolly, passed away on February 13th. A wake was held on Sunday, the 17th, with a Funeral Mass on Monday, the 18th. Bill and Peg MacDougall reported back with the following email: "Bill & I attended Chris Connolly's wake and funeral. The mass was celebrated by Frank Cloherty. Bob Butler, Jack Farrell, and Joe McDermott were concelebrants. Joe gave a wonderful homily. Also, we saw Mike Tighe at the mass. We are not sure if anyone else was there. It was a wonderful tribute to a fine young man."
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Jack D'Arcy, one of our deacon prefects at Philosophy House (St. Clements Hall), passed away on February 3rd at his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had become quite notable nationally as evidenced by his obituary which was published in many newspapers, in this case the Washington Post on February 9th. Click here to view it.
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Roger Reidy passed away on January 19th. His funeral service was held on January 25th, and Jack Keane reported back with this email:
"I just got back from Roger’s service which was a warm and dignified ceremony. Though a cold 12 degrees, it was sunny and not windy. It was great to see Jack Farrell, Mike Regan, Jim McGowan, and six others in white priestly garb con-celebrating from the altar, and the front row. We all had handshakes and hugs all around, along with George Hickey and Dick Carey. Somehow I missed seeing Dick unfortunately. I did not know the celebrant, a Dominican. He gave a sound talk. The choir and solo tenor were excellent, and the tenor’s “Our Father” was very moving. At the end, Jim, Abby, and Dana gave individual talks about their love and admiration for all that Roger was to them. The occasion was like a mini “62 Reunion”, and had that ‘brotherhood’ feel…. seeing the classmates of old, once again !" Click here to view the Mass program.
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Dick Carey sent in a letter January 1st with news of interest. As you all recall, Dick was a pool shark at the Sem and it has carried on to this day as he won a bronze medal at the 18th annual Massachusetts Senior Olympic Games in June 2009.
Also a prolific sportswriter, Dick has a regular "Sports Beat" column in the Needham News in which he reminisced and mused about baseball and how it plays into the legacies of two well-known Boston priests, Tom McDonnell and Joe Manton. In it he recalls when then player coach Tom McDonnell replaced him as pitcher with hard-throwing right-hander Eddie DesRoches. Click here to view it.
I also recommend that you read his strong editorial on ProLife published in the Quincy Patriot Ledger. Click here to view it.                                                                                              

2012

Click here to view pictures of Dick Butler's funeral on October 5th at St Mary's in Brookline (provided courtesy of The Pilot). The flower arrangement in front of the altar is from "The Class of 62".
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Ed McDonagh reported on September 10th that he is keeping busy in Sparks, NV, a couple of miles from Reno, where he has retired to be with family who have lived there for many years. He continues, "I help out on weekends by filling in for the Pastor of the parish in celebrating Masses which are in English and Spanish due to a large Mexican population. The Spanish has been a challenge but I've been taking classes to improve it.
"Although most parishes are traditional with one church, there is a parish that I have experienced where the Pastor has three churches to service. In this parish of three churches, the Mass schedule begins on Saturday morning by traveling 100 miles round trip to a mission church, continues on Saturday afternoon by traveling 50 miles round trip to another mission church and then on Saturday evening, a Mass in the Parish church. Then on Sunday morning the celebration of two Masses, one in English and one in Spanish. Imagine that the Pastor does this every week. It certainly gives you the sense of bringing Jesus to those who need Him.
"Reno is a small diocese but large in area and still considered a missionary diocese. It has 35 parishes and 40 priests. Other than the parishes in the city, most of the parishes are spread throughout the area with some parishes taking 3 to 6 hours to get to them. I would say the average travel time between parishes is an hour and a half. For an Easterner, that is a long time to get somewhere.
"To keep myself busy, I also belong to the local barbershop chorus, The Silver Dollar Chorus. I am in the Lead Section, (it normally carries the melody). We give concerts at various venues in the area and compete in national contests. It is a great experience of how to come together in harmony."
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Jack Farrell was the subject of a very complimentary article on his retirement as senior priest in the August 24th edition of The Pilot. Click here to view it.
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Jay Dolan emailed on August 7th that he is enjoying good health and living in Vero Beach, FL with his wife, Pat. He has two sons - a lawyer in Santa Fe, NM and an orthopedic surgeon in Salem, OR.
He sends "All the best to my old time classmates."
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Jack Farrell retired as Pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Lynnfield on August 1st after an outpouring of appreciation from his parishioners at a reception in the church hall on Sunday, July 29th. Click on Lynnfield Villager News and Peabody Weekly News to read more information and testimonials. Click here to read his final pastoral letter to his parishioners. Following his usual August vacation to Nova Scotia to visit family and friends, he will reside at his home in Dracut. We wish him fair winds and following seas in his retirement.
From John and Carole Foley: " Carole and I celebrated Jack's retirement by offering Mass with him, and then going out to dinner. Our oldest son, Jack, his wife Lisa, and their two boys, John and Liam, made all of the arrangements and joined us for a superb evening. Our grandsons have met Jack before, and have told us more than once that they think he is "really cool"."
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Bob Wardell has been dedicated over the years to taking care of those with special needs and the mentally challenged. His is an inspirational story which moved your class secretary to ask him for permission to share it with all of you. Click here to read about his exceptional lifetime calling.
From John Foley, "Thank you for getting Bob Wardell to write his story. Very moving stuff."
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Bob McGovern has just announced that he is returning to Queretaro, Mexico on August 2nd. From Bob, "There is a need for a Missionary of Africa to do some priestly ministry. At the moment two members of our community are recovering from illness. So I decided to pull a Brett Fabre and volunteer to help. Offer accepted at least for a while....I'll miss my new DC friends and the ESL classes but I'll be thrilled to see all the old ones in Mexico. I'll be visiting the US later in the year for the baptism of Victor in Boston. Until then: God bless you all."
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Dick McBrien was honored and his career celebrated on April 27th by his colleagues at Notre Dame where he has taught for thirty years. Click here to read more of his illustrious career as reported by the National Catholic Reporter.
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