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  • Obituary: Judy Devitt, former secretary at chancery in Brighton

    Judith A. Devitt of West Roxbury died on April 11, 2023. She was the daughter and only child of the late Frank and Margaret Devitt; her father died in 1973, and her mother in 1981. Judy was hired as a secretary to the late Msgr. Thomas J. Finnegan, then-chancellor of the archdiocese. Barely out of high school, she probably did not imagine that she would be at the center of the archdiocese for the next three decades.

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  • Obituary: Father Peter P. Nolan, Holy Ghost Father, served in archdiocese for decades

    Father Peter P. Nolan, CSSp., an Irish-born missionary to Nigeria, a priest serving in the archdiocese since 1982, and an inveterate Irishman, died at Regina Cleri in Boston on March 14, 2023. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he was the eldest of the six children of the late Patrick and Mary (Gorevan) Nolan. Raised in a staunchly Catholic family, he was educated by the Sisters of Charity, the Irish Christian Brothers, and the Holy Ghost Fathers, now known more familiarly as the Spiritans. The Spiritans were the prime influence on Father Nolan's vocational decision as he was especially enthusiastic about their missionary activity.

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  • Obituary: Father Aidan J. Walsh, former Veterans affairs chaplain, Milton pastor

    Father Aidan J. Walsh, a priest of the archdiocese since his incardination on May 15, 1998, died in Boston on March 4, 2023. He was born in the Hub's Jamaica Plain section on Jan. 21, 1940. He was the last surviving of the eight children of the late John and Elizabeth (Gill) Walsh; among his deceased siblings was a sister, Sister Mary (Donatus) Walsh, CSJ.

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  • Obituary: Msgr. Peter T. Martocchio, former pastor in Weymouth

    Several of our priests texted me at the news of the death of Msgr. Peter Martocchio, their comments were roundly complimentary and best summed up as "he was a great guy." It would not be too much to add, and this would be from brother priests and parishioners, he was a fine priest.

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  • Brother Alphonsus Maria (Brendan) MacGovern, MICM

    Brother Alphonsus Maria (Brendan) MacGovern, MICM (May 14) in Still River. Funeral Mass celebrated May 24 at Saint Benedict Abbey, Still River, for the son of the late Francis and Rose (Casey) MacGovern. During 74 years of religious life, Brother Alphonsus Maria, a Boston native, served in various apostolates of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Still River. Brother Alphonsus Maria was buried in the Abbey Cemetery, Still River.

  • Peter M. Sughrue

    Peter M. Sughrue (May 16) in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated May 23 at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Bridgehampton, N.Y., for the father of Peter and Justin, both of New York, N.Y.; and brother of Father Paul S. Sughrue, Saint Brigid, Lexington; and Virginia Crowley, Kennebunkport, Maine. Mr. Sughrue was buried in Edgewood Cemetery, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

  • Father James R. Nunes, MS

    Father James R. Nunes, MS (May 7) in Boston. Funeral Mass celebrated May 13 at Saint Nicholas of Myra Church, Dighton, for the son of the late Robert and Shirley (Coyle) Nunes, and brother of Ann Lopes, Doris Silva, and Deborah Ponte, all of Taunton. During 31 years of priestly ministry, Father Nunes served in assignments of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette in N.H.; N.Y.; and, locally, at Saint Mary of the Assumption, Brookline; and as a hospital chaplain at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, Brighton; and Beth Israel Medical Center, Boston. Father Nunes was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Taunton.

  • John M. Picardi

    John M. Picardi (May 11) in Derry, N.H. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Robert Bellarmine Church, Andover, for the husband of Eva (Paoletti) Picardi, Derry, N.H.; and father of Teresa Reddington, Dublin, Ireland; Richard, Derry, N.H.; and the late Father John M. Picardi; and brother of Michael, Arlington. Committal services will be at the convenience of the family.

  • John J. Lyver

    John J. Lyver (May 9) in Burlington. Funeral Mass celebrated May 12 at Saint Margaret Church, Burlington, for the brother of the late Sister Julie Celia (Mary) Lyver, SNDdeN. Mr. Lyver was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

  • Sister Jacqueline (Mother Mary Cecile) Jelley, SHCJ

    Sister Jacqueline (Mother Mary Cecile) Jelley, SHCJ (April 26) in Rosemont, Penn. Funeral Mass celebrated May 11 at Holy Child Chapel, Rosemont, Penn., for the daughter of the late Earl and Grace (Sayers) Jelley. During 72 years of religious life, Sister Jacqueline served in congregational assignments in Washington, D.C.; Calif.; N.Y.: and, locally, at Saint Mary of the Annunciation, Melrose. Sister Jacqueline was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Philadelphia, Penn.

  • Sister Ellen (Saint Margaret) Pumphret, CSJ

    Sister Ellen (Saint Margaret) Pumphret, CSJ (May 3) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated May 9 at Holy Family Chapel, Brighton, for the daughter of the late John and Ann (Sullivan) Pumphret, and sister of Margaret Amata and Francis, both of Boston. During 73 years of religious life, Sister Ellen served at Fontbonne Academy, Milton; Saint Clement, Somerville; Mount Saint Joseph, Brighton; Arlington Catholic High, Arlington; Saint Joseph, Medford; Sacred Heart, Newton; and Bethany Health Care, Framingham. Sister Ellen also served as an area councilor of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Sister Ellen was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

  • Mary Louise (Sweet) Parrish

    Mary Louise (Sweet) Parrish (May 7) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated May 13 at Saint Joseph Church, Needham, for the wife of Stanley, Framingham; and mother of Father Bryan K. Parrish, Saint Joseph, Needham; Mark, Needham; and JoAnn Dawson, Auburn. Mrs. Parrish was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Canton.

  • Deirdre (Gavin) Hager

    Deirdre (Gavin) Hager (April 25) in Brighton. Funeral Mass celebrated May 3, 2023, at Saint Columbkille Church, Brighton, for the mother of Gavin, West Newfield, Maine; Philip, McLean, Va.; Kristen, Breinigsville, Penn.; and Audrey Barker, Montrose, Victoria, Australia.; and sister of the late Father Carney E. Gavin. Mrs. Hager was buried in the National Cemetery, Bourne.