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  • Obituary: Father Hugh O'Regan, US Navy and hospital chaplain

    A Boston native, born in the Hub on June 29, 1930, Father Hugh H. O'Regan was a son of the late Hugh and Alice (Fairclough) O'Regan. An alumnus of the Boston Latin School and Boston College, he entered St. John Seminary a member of the class of 1957. Auxiliary Bishop Jeremiah Minihan ordained him to the priesthood at Holy Name Church, West Roxbury on Feb. 2, 1957.

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  • Obituary: Joan M. Mooney, active Catholic laywoman, philanthropist

    Joan Marie Mooney was an extraordinary member of our Catholic Community, said Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, who was the principal celebrant at Joan's funeral Mass earlier this summer. In his eulogy, Father Charles Higgins, pastor of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton, said Mooney, "epitomized Christian graciousness... She had an incisive mind, and she used her gifts of perception and intellect to understand more deeply. She was a model of striving to make sound judgments, while always making sure that charity had the last word."

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  • Obituary: Father Paul Mulligan, missionary, pastor

    Father Paul F. Mulligan a priest of the archdiocese since his ordination on Feb. 2, 1957 died at Marian Manor in South Boston on Aug. 24. The Medford native was a son of the late James and Marry (Reedy) Mulligan and was born on April 19, 1931. He was an alumnus of Medford High School and Tufts University before entering archdiocesan seminaries.

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  • Obituary: Father Terence Curley, pastor, teacher, counselor

    Father Terence Curley, a widely published author and expert counselor on matters of grief and loss, died unexpectedly at Massachusetts General Hospital on Aug. 26. He had undergone successful surgery for a knee replacement but suffered coronary problems following the surgery.

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  • Sister Lucille (Lucille Marie) Tetreault, SASV

    Sister Lucille (Lucille Marie) Tetreault, SASV (Sept. 22) in Springfield. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 27 at Saint Anne Convent Chapel, Marlborough for the daughter of the late Alphonse and Lea (Guyon) Tetreault and sister of Clarence, Ludlow. During 67 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Chicopee Falls; Petersham; and locally at Saint Joseph, Salem. Sister Lucille was buried in East Street Cemetery, Petersham.

  • Marjorie (Burdick) Balestracci

    Marjorie (Burdick) Balestracci (Sept. 26) in North Reading. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 30 at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Church, North Reading for the wife of Deacon Alfred, North Reading; and mother of Victor, Lawrence; Mark, Aberdeen, Md.; Shei Rogers, Webster; Kathy, North Reading; Lisa Kellerman, Haverhill, and sister of Clifford Burdick, Stonington, Conn.; Ruth Stone, Tenn.; Carol Beck, Vt. Mrs. Balestracci was buried in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading.

  • Brother Nathanael (Lawrence) Necaster, OFM

    Brother Nathanael (Lawrence) Necaster, OFM (Sept. 14) in Ringwood, N.J. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 17 at Saint Anthony of Padua, Butler, N.J. for the son of the late Lawrence and Concetta (Palanti) Necaster and brother of Annette Revale, Sharon, Penn. During 58 years of religious life, Brother served in various assignments of the Franciscan Holy Name Province in N.J.; N.Y.; R.I.; and locally at Saint Anthony Shrine, Boston. Brother Nathanael was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Sister Margaret (Mary Bertin) Downing, CSJ

    Sister Margaret (Mary Bertin) Downing, CSJ (Sept. 15 in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 19 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Framingham for the daughter of the late Michael and Winifred (Kelly) Downing and sister of the late Sister Mary Belita (Winifred) Downing, CSJ. During 75 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments at Saint Columbkille, Brighton; Saint Rita, South End; Saint Joseph, Amesbury; Sacred Heart, Lynn; Saint Theresa of Avila, West Roxbury; Saint Mary, Dedham; Saint Mary of the Assumption, Brookline; Saint William, Dorchester; Immaculate Conception, Marlborough and Holy Name, West Roxbury. Sister Margaret was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

  • Sister Marie Celeste (Claire) Sullivan, OSF

    Sister Marie Celeste (Claire) Sullivan, OSF (Sept. 9) in Allegany, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 12 at Saint Elizabeth Motherhouse Chapel, Allegany, N.Y. for the daughter of the late Daniel and Katherine (Cunniff) Sullivan and sister of Eileen Callaghan, Lancaster, Calif. During 70 years of religious life, Sister, a Roslindale native, served in congregation assignments in Fla.; N.Y. Sister Marie Celeste was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Sister Mary William (Jeanne) Jarvis, CSJ

    Sister Mary William (Jeanne) Jarvis, CSJ (Sept. 19) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept, 23 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Framingham for the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Bullock) Jarvis. During 68 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments at Immaculate Conception, Everett; Saint Catherine of Siena, Charlestown; Bethany, Framingham; Saint Agnes, Arlington; Motherhouse, Brighton; Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jamaica Plain; Sacred Heart, Quincy. Sister Mary William was buried in Saint Stephen Cemetery, Framingham.

  • Paul C. Canniff

    Paul C. Canniff (Sept. 16) in Burlington. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 22 at Saint Margaret of Antioch, Burlington for the husband of Marjorie (Leary) Canniff, Burlington; and father of Patricia Forte, Avon Lake, Ohio; Carol Doherty, Woburn; Thomas, Billerica; and Joan Kelly, Bedford; and brother of Father James Canniff, senior priest, Immaculate Conception, Malden; and Marie, Yarmouth. Mr. Canniff was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

  • Father George F. McLean, OMI

    Father George F. McLean, OMI (Sept. 6) in Tewksbury. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 13 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Tewksbury for the son of the late Arthur and Agnes (McHugh) McLean and brother of the late Father Edward McLean and Sister Agnes Mary McLean, MM (cf. below). During more than 60 years of priestly ministry, Father served in assignments of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Italy; Washington, D.C.; and locally at Oblate Novitiate, Ipswich and Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, Tewksbury. Father McLean was buried in the Oblate Cemetery, Tewksbury.

  • Sister Veronica (Eleanor) Ciarlante, O.Carm.

    Sister Veronica (Eleanor) Ciarlante, O.Carm. (Sept. 9) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 14 at Holy Family Chapel, Framingham for the daughter of the late Eugene and Constance (DeBlasio) Ciarlante. During 71 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Conn.; Mich.; N.Y.; Ohio; and locally at Saint Patrick Manor, Framingham. Sister Veronica was buried in Queen of Carmel Cemetery, Germantown, N.Y.

  • Sister Mary Agnes (Mildred) McLean, MM

    Sister Mary Agnes (Mildred) McLean, MM (Sept. 6) in Maryknoll, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 9 at Maryknoll Chapel, Maryknoll, N.Y. for the daughter of the late Arthur and Agnes (McHugh) McLean and sister of the late Father Edward McLean and Father George F. McLean OMI (cf. above). During 70 years of religious life, Sister severed in congregational assignments of the Maryknoll Sisters in Japan; Mo.; N.Y.; Sister Agnes Mary was buried in Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery, Maryknoll, N.Y.

  • Sister Patricia (Christine Marie) Richard, SSA

    Sister Patricia (Christine Marie) Richard, SSA (Sept. 11) in Marlborough. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 14 at Saint Anne Convent Chapel, Marlborough for the daughter of the late Arthur and Angelina (Gallant) Richard. During 64 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Haiti; British Columbia; Alaska; R.I.; Paxton, Mass.; and locally at Saint Anne Montessori School, Marlborough. Sister Patricia was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough.

  • Sister Maureen (Mary Karen) Taaffe, SCN

    Sister Maureen (Mary Karen) Taaffe, SCN (Aug. 22) in Nazareth, Ky. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Sept. 17 at Saint John Chrysostom, West Roxbury, for the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Ward) Taaffe; and sister of Kevin, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Karen Robinson, Cape Elizabeth, Maine and Joan, Jacksonville, Fla. During 60 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Ky.; Ohio and locally at Our Lady of Nazareth, Wakefield; Saint Brigid, South Boston; Saint Edward, Brockton; and Saint John Chrysostom, West Roxbury. Sister Maureen was buried in Nazareth Cemetery, Nazareth, Ky.

  • Burleigh E. Lowe

    Burleigh E. Lowe (Sept. 12) in South Portland. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 19 at Holy Cross Church, South Portland, Maine, for the husband of the late Halina (Szczepanski) and father of Michael, Naples, Maine; and Father Christopher L. Lowe, Saint Michael, North Andover. Mr. Lowe was buried in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland, Maine.

  • Brother Bonaventure (Gerard) Scully, CFX

    Brother Bonaventure (Gerard) Scully, CFX (Sept. 1) in Beverly. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 10 at Saint Joseph Church, Baltimore, Md. for the son of the late Joseph and Eva (Pladas) Scully. During 70 years of religious life, Brother served in congregational assignments in Washington, D.C.; Col.; Ill.; Ind.; Ky.; Maine; Md.; Mich.; N.Y.; R.I.; Tenn. and locally at Saint John Preparatory School Danvers. Brother Bonaventure was buried in New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore.

  • Sister Jeanette Duhamel, SGM

    Sister Jeanette Duhamel, SGM (Sept. 4) in Lawrence. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 8 at Youville Place Chapel, Lexington for the daughter of the late Wilfrid and Lillian (Anctil) Duhamel. During 63 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.H.; N.J.; Ohio; Tenn. and locally at Grey Nuns Provincial Office, Lexington. Sister Jeannette was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

  • Sister Mary Bonaventure (Catherine) Granfield, RSM

    Sister Mary Bonaventure (Catherine) Granfield, RSM (Sept. 1) in Windham, N.H. Funeral Mass celebrated at Warde Center Chapel, Windham for the Boston native and daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Ellen (Ahern) Granfield. During 75 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.H., Texas and locally at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, East Boston. Sister Mary Bonaventure was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, N.H.

  • Sister Claire Elizabeth Lyons, SNDdeN

    Sister Claire Elizabeth Lyons, SNDdeN (Sept. 3) in Worcester. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 8 at Notre Dame du Lac Chapel, Worcester, for the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Lyons. During 71 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.H.; Worcester; and locally at Saint James, Salem; Blessed Sacrament, Cambridge; and Saint Mark, Dorchester. Sister Claire Elizabeth was buried in Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Worcester.

  • Dorothy (Coppenrath) Armstrong

    Dorothy (Coppenrath) Armstrong (Sept. 1) in Dedham. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 6 at Saint Theresa of Avila Church, West Roxbury, for the mother of Paul, West Roxbury; and Leonard, Dedham; and sister of Msgr. Leonard Coppenrath, senior priest, Cambridge and Frederick of West Roxbury. Mrs. Armstrong was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

  • Father Thomas F. (T. Frank) Kennedy, SJ

    Father Thomas F. (T. Frank) Kennedy, SJ (Aug. 19) in Weston. Funeral Mass celebrated Aug. 26 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton for the son of the late Thomas and Mary (Tracy) Kennedy, and brother of Peter, Maplewood, N.J.; Steven, Jamestown, R.I.; Isabel Montgomery, Ludlow, Vt.; Kristin Boulet, Jamestown, R.I. During 40 years of priestly ministry in the Society of Jesus, he served in various assignments of the Jesuit Northeast US Province and most recently as rector of the Jesuit Community at Boston College. Father Kennedy was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, Weston.

  • Father Bernard J. Shea

    Father Bernard J. Shea (Aug. 28) in Melrose. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 2 at Saint Mary of the Annunciation, Melrose for the son of the late William and Helen (Brown) Shea. During 65 years of priestly ministry Father served in various priestly ministries and assignments including for many years assisting at Saint Mary of the Annunciation, Melrose. Father Shea was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

  • Sister Paula Merrill, SCN

    Sister Paula Merrill, SCN (Aug. 25) in Durant, Miss. Funeral Mass celebrated Sept. 2 at Saint Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. for the daughter of the late John and Rose (Fougere) Merrill and sister of John and Rosemarie, both of Stoneham. During 34 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Ky. and Miss. Sister Paula was buried in Nazareth Cemetery, Nazareth, Ky.

  • Sister Maureen (Mary Karen) Taaffe, SCN

    Sister Maureen (Mary Karen) Taaffe, SCN (Aug. 22) in Nazareth, Ky. Funeral Mass celebrated Aug. 26 at Saint Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. for the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Ward) Taaffe; and sister of Kevin, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Karen Robinson, Cape Elizabeth, Maine and Joan, Jacksonville, Fla. During 60 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Ky.; Ohio and locally at Our Lady of Nazareth, Wakefield; Saint Brigid, South Boston; Saint Edward, Brockton; and Saint John Chrysostom, West Roxbury. Sister Maureen was buried in Nazareth Cemetery, Nazareth, Ky.

  • Edwin F. Mulligan

    Edwin F. Mulligan (Aug. 25) in Medford. Funeral Mass celebrated Aug. 29 at Saint Cecilia Church, Ashland for the father of Maureen Smith, Fla.; Kathleen, Walsh, Reading; Edwin, Fitzwilliam, N.H.; Maryellen, Haverhill; and Lawrence, Malden; and brother of the late Father Paul F. Mulligan. Mr. Mulligan was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.