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  • Obituary: Father Edward L. Gallagher, former Navy chaplain and pastor in Carver

    Taunton native and Boston priest since his 1953 ordination, Father Edward L. Gallagher died in San Diego, Calif., on June 17, 2021. Born in the Commonwealth's Silver City on Sept. 12, 1927, Father Gallagher was the last surviving of the five children of the late Edward and Margaret (Judge) Gallagher. The family moved in 1932 to Newton but closer to Waltham and so he attended St. Charles Borromeo Grammar School in the Watch City. He was a 1945 alumnus of Boston College High School and, after a short stint at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, entered St. John Seminary.

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  • Obituary: Father John J. Connelly, oldest priest of the archdiocese

    He was the oldest priest of the archdiocese. He was the second in ordination seniority of Boston priests. He was the last Boston priest who was a veteran of military service in World War II. He was the last, of whom many priests would have saluted as the "greatest generation" of St. John Seminary faculty members (his late friends and fellow faculty members Father James O'Donohoe and Father Philip King would also be included). He was a consummate gentleman. He was a greatly loved pastor. He was a wise counselor. He was Father John J. Connelly -- who died at Massachusetts General Hospital on June 28, 2021.

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  • Sister Elizabeth (Charlotte Anne) Murphy, OSF

    Sister Elizabeth (Charlotte Anne) Murphy, OSF (June 30) in Philadelphia, Penn. Funeral Mass celebrated July 9 at Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel, Aston, Penn., for the sister of Margaret O'Leary, Sheila Stevens, and Charlotte Buckley. During 59 years of religious life, Sister Elizabeth served in congregational assignments in Ala.; Del.; Fla.; Penn.; S. Car.; and, locally, at Blessed Sacrament, Walpole. Sister Elizabeth was buried in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston, Penn.

  • Margaret (Fabrizi) Studer

    Margaret (Fabrizi) Studer (July 18) in Acton. Funeral Mass celebrated July 26 at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church for the mother of Stephen, Hartford, Conn.; John, Acton; Richard, Tallahassee, Fla,.; Karen, Westford; and David, Augusta, Maine. And sister of Sister Eleanor (George Michael) Fabrizi, OP, Saint Catharine, Ky. Committal services were private.

  • James F. Foley

    James F. Foley (July 16) in Lowell. Funeral Mass celebrated July 21 at Immaculate Conception, Lowell, for the husband of Eleanor (Kelly) Foley, Lowell; and father of Donna Ravmdal, Fox Point, Wisc.; Susan Quinn, Westport, Conn.; Maura O'Brien, Andover; James, Bedford, N.H.; and brother of Sister Carmen (Gertrude Joseph) Foley, SC, Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley; and John, Swampscott. Mr. Foley was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury.

  • John J. Walsh

    John J. Walsh (July 25) in Barnstable. Funeral Mass celebrated July 29 at Saint John Church, Worcester, for the husband of Dorian, Barnstable; and father of Susanne Manning, John, James, and Katherine, all of Barnstable; and brother of Sister Mary Lou Walsh, SNDdeN, Worcester; and the late Father Thomas V. Walsh. Mr. Walsh was buried in Saint John Cemetery, Worcester.

  • Father Dennis J. O'Brien

    Father Dennis J. O'Brien (July 17) in Barnstable. Funeral Mass celebrated July 23 at Saint Mary, Uxbridge, for the son of the late William and Rita (Ducharme) O'Brien and brother of John, Whitinsville. During 44 years of priestly ministry, Father O'Brien, an alumnus of Saint John Seminary, Brighton, served in parishes and schools of the Diocese of Worcester. Father O'Brien was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Whitinsville.

  • Brother John Robert (Arnold) Houlihan, CFX

    Brother John Robert (Arnold) Houlihan, CFX (July 18) in Lawrence. Funeral Mass celebrated July 22 at Saint John Preparatory Chapel, Danvers, for the son of the late John and Julia (Griffin) Houlihan. During 69 years of religious life, Brother John Robert served in congregational assignments in Ala.; Conn.; Ill.; Md., N.Y.; Penn.; Mich.; and, locally, at Xaverian Juniorate and Xaverian House, Danvers. Brother John Robert was a cousin of the late Father Arthur J. Driscoll. He was buried in the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery, Danvers.

  • Sister Mary Joan Rita Jennings, O. Carm.

    Sister Mary Joan Rita Jennings, O. Carm. (July 15) in Boston. Funeral Mass celebrated July 19 at Saint Monica, South Boston, for the daughter of the late Remsen and Robena (Seavey) Jennings, and sister of Mary Bettencourt, Amebsury. During 55 years of religious life, Sister Mary Joan Rita served in congregational assignments in N.H.; N.Y.; and, locally, at Marian Manor, South Boston. Sister Mary Joan Rita was buried in Queen of Carmel Cemetery, Germantown, N.Y.

  • Sister Rose Joseph (Josephine) Murphy, CSJ

    Sister Rose Joseph (Josephine) Murphy, CSJ (July 17) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated July 20 at Saint Thomas Chapel, Framingham, for the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Devaney) Murphy; and sister of Theresa Denton, San Diego, Calif.; Edward, Wellesley; Thomas, Canton; and Michael, Needham. During 62 years of religious life, Sister Rose Joseph served in congregational assignments at Sacred Heart, Roslindale; Saint Brendan, Dorchester; Saint Catherine of Siena, Norwood; and Saint Theresa of Avila, West Roxbury. Sister Rose Joseph was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

  • Andrew F. Benoit

    Andrew F. Benoit (July 13) in Medford. Funeral Mass celebrated July 15 at Saint Raphael, Medford, for the father of Leon, Billerica; James, Dracut; and Marie Ferrazzani, Medford; and brother of Bernadette, Cambridge; and the late Sister Rita Benoit, SUSC. Mr. Benoit was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

  • Patrick J. Concagh

    Patrick J. Concagh (July 9) in Boston. Funeral Mass celebrated July14 at Saint Jude Church, Waltham, for the brother of Mary Roberts and James Concagh, both of England; Noreen Casby and Theresa McCarthy, both of Dedham; Bernadette Stanton, Walpole; and Mary Diskin, Ireland; and the late Sister Mary Bernadette and Sister Mary Carmel. Mr. Concagh was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

  • Father John P. Carroll

    Father John P. Carroll (July 8) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated July 13 at Saint Denis, Westwood, for the son of the late Patrick and Mary (Murphy) Carroll; and brother of Daniel, Norwood. Since his ordination on Sept. 29, 1953, Father Carroll served in assignments at Saint Agnes, Arlington; Saint Francis of Assisi, Braintree; Saint Margaret of Scotland, Lowell; Saint Mary, Dedham; Most Blessed Sacrament, Quincy; and Lend-Lease to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Committal services for Father Carroll were private.

  • Father Peter (John) Guerin, OSB

    Father Peter (John) Guerin, OSB (July 9) in Manchester, N.H. Funeral Mass celebrated July 14 at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester, for the son of the late John and Ellen (Buda) Guerin and brother of Marjorie, Danbury, Conn.; Claire Bouchard, Leicester; and the late Sister Ellen (Mary John) Guerin, RSM. During 58 years of priestly ministry, Father Guerin served as dean of the college and on the faculty of Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.; and in various capacities in Saint Anselm Abbey, including novice master and junior master. He was also a visiting professor of liturgy at Saint John Seminary, Brighton. Father Guerin was buried in Saint Leander Cemetery, Goffstown, N.H.

  • Father Jeremiah J. Reen, SDB

    Father Jeremiah J. Reen, SDB (July 10) in Largo, Fla. Funeral Mass celebrated July 16 at Marian Shrine, Stony Point, N.Y., for the son of the late Jeremiah and Ann (Hanley) Reen; and brother of James, West Roxbury. During 50 years of priestly ministry, Father Reen served in assignments of the Salesian Fathers and Brothers in Rome, Italy; Fla.; Ind.; N.J.; N.Y.; Ohio; and, locally, at Sacred Heart Seminary, Ipswich. Father Reen was buried in the Salesian Cemetery, Goshen, N.Y.

  • Sister E. Julie (Julie David) Donovan, SNDdeN

    Sister E. Julie (Julie David) Donovan, SNDdeN (June 17) in Worcester. Funeral Mass celebrated June 25 at Notre Dame du Lac Chapel, Worcester, for the daughter of the late John and Evelyn (Baum) Donovan, and sister of the late Father David I. Donovan, SJ. During 66 years of religious life, Sister E. Julie served in congregational assignments at Saint Augustine, Lawrence; Saint Gregory, Dorchester; Saint Bartholomew, Needham; and Provincial Offices, Boston. Sister E. Julie was buried in Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Worcester.

  • Sister Anne Clare (Ethel) Gallagher, OSF

    Sister Anne Clare (Ethel) Gallagher, OSF (May 23) in Allegany, N.Y. Funeral celebrated May 27 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, Allegany, N.Y., for the daughter of the late James and Ella (Thompson) Gallagher; and sister of Agnes Rogers, Newton. During 75 years of religious life, Sister Anne Clare served in congregational assignments in Fla.; N.J.; N.Y.; R.I.; and, locally, at Saint Raphael, Medford. Sister Anne Clare was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Sister Dorothy (Mary Philip) Kelley, RGS

    Sister Dorothy (Mary Philip) Kelley, RGS (July 8) in Harwich. Funeral Mass celebrated July 13 at Holy Trinity, Harwich, for the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna (Glennon) Kelly. During 81 years of religious life, Sister Dorothy served in congregational assignments in Conn.; N.Y.; Vt.; Harwich; and, locally, at Our Lady of the Way Residence, Boston; and Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Marlborough. Sister Dorothy was buried in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury.

  • Sister Geraldine (Marie Jerome) Nevaras, CJC

    Sister Geraldine (Marie Jerome) Nevaras, CJC (June 25) in Brockton. Funeral Mass celebrated July 1 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel, Brockton, for the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Norkaitis) Nevaras; and sister of Evelyn, Bridgewater; and Joseph, Abington. During 74 years of religious life, Sister Geraldine served in congregational assignments in N.Y.; Penn.; and, locally, at Saint Casimir (Lithuanian), Brockton; Immaculate Conception (Lithuanian), Cambridge; Saint George (Lithuanian), Norwood; Saint Joseph Manor, Brockton; Saint Joseph Nursing Care, Dorchester; Saint Peter (Lithuanian), South Boston; and the Poor Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Sorrowful Mother General Office, Brockton. Sister Geraldine was buried in Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery, Brockton.

  • Sister Anne (Mary Eucharista) Shepherd, OSF

    Sister Anne (Mary Eucharista) Shepherd, OSF (Oct. 22) in Allegany, N.Y. Private funeral celebrated at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, Allegany, N.Y., for the daughter of the late Thomas and Katherine (Burdett) Shepherd, and sister of the late Sister Frances Marie, OSF. During 74 years of religious life, Sister Anne, a Dedham native, served in congregational assignments in N.Y. Sister Anne was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Sister Mary Ellen (Margaret Edmund) Walsh, OSF

    Sister Mary Ellen (Margaret Edmund) Walsh, OSF (April 16) in Allegany, N.Y. Funeral celebrated April 20 at Saint Elizabeth Chapel, Allegany, N.Y., for the daughter of the late Edward and Bridget (Connolly) Walsh. During 74 years of religious life, Sister Mary Ellen served in congregational assignments in Conn.; N.J.; N.Y.; and, locally, at Saint Raphael, Medford. Sister Mary Ellen was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Anthony D. Alfano

    Anthony D. Alfano (July 12) in Stoughton. Funeral Mass celebrated July 15 at Saint Mary, Randolph, for the father of Father Michael J. Alfano, Saint Linus and Saint Patrick, Natick; Daniel and Stephen, both of Calif.; and Joseph, Methuen. Mr. Alfano was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Randolph.

  • Maureen (O'Sullivan) Bonafine

    Maureen (O'Sullivan) Bonafine (June 22) in Roslindale. Funeral Mass celebrated June 28 at Sacred Heart, Roslindale, for the wife of Vincent, Roslindale; and mother of Vincent and Caitlin Lessault, both of Roslindale; and daughter of Christopher O'Sullivan, Roslindale, and sister of Bernadette Hackett; Donna Lamb; and Christopher O'Sullivan, all of Roslindale. For 20 years, Maureen served the archdiocese in the various offices of the Central Administration, including Benefits; the Synod Office; Clergy Funds; and Office of the Vicar General; in both Brighton and Braintree. Committal Services were private.

  • Mary E. Kelly

    Mary E. Kelly (June 22) in Reading. Funeral Mass celebrated June 29 at Saint Joseph, Wakefield, for the sister of Sister Patricia Kelly, SNDdeN, Peabody; Ann Maguire, Wakefield; and John, Needham. Ms. Kelly was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.