Father John R. Skehan, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Augusta, passed away unexpectedly on August 31, 2022. He was 66 years old.
Born in Bangor, on February 15, 1956, Father John was the son of the late John and Patricia (Theriault) Skehan. He was raised in Bath and Hampden and graduated from Hampden Academy, before receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Prior to entering seminary, he was the educational coordinator for “Up with People” (1978-1980) and a junior high science teacher in Oakland, Maine (1980-1982). He completed his clerical studies at the Theological College in Washington, D.C. and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward C. O’Leary on May 24, 1986, at St. Matthew Church in Hampden.
During his ministry, Father Skehan served at parishes in Waterville, Portland, Houlton, South Berwick, Berwick, York, Kittery, Bar Harbor, Bucksport, Ellsworth, and Augusta, where he had served as pastor since 2018.
He also served in campus ministry at Colby College and Union College, hospital ministry at Maine Medical Center, and as the director of the Office of Parish Planning for the Diocese of Portland.
Please pray for the repose of Father John's soul and all the souls of the faithful departed. Please also keep in your prayers Father John's family and friends, including his brother and sister and the parishioners of St. Michael Parish.
Please join in praying for the repose of the soul of Sister Barbara Anne Brennan, R.S.M., a Sister of Mercy of the Americas, who died at the age of 83, following a short illness.
Sister Barbara was born in Portland to John Joseph Brennan and Catherine Josephine Mulkern, the youngest of eight children.
In 1956, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland and entered the Sisters of Mercy in the fall. She earned her B.S. in elementary education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish and obtained her M.S. in education from the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
For much of her religious life, Sister Barbara served in the ministry of education, as a principal and teacher. She served at St. Athanasius School in Rumford, Cathedral Elementary School in Portland, St. Mary’s School in Biddeford, St. Joseph’s School in Portland, St. Mary’s School in Bangor, St. Patrick’s School in Portland, and St. Mary’s School in Augusta..
In addition to her years in education, Sister Barbara’s work also took her to the Bahamas where she was a pioneer in developing the mission in the South Andros area before they had water and electricity. She also spent some time as a unit coordinator at Mercy Hospital in Portland; a resident service coordinator at Deering Pavilion in Portland, and an assistant librarian at St. Joseph’s College, and she spent a summer ministering in Appalachia.
Sister Barbara served on the boards of Mercy Hospital and Catherine McAuley High School and on the Sisters of Mercy Sponsorship Council.
Sister Barbara cared deeply for people and gave of herself to those in need whom she encountered – always willing to go the extra mile. She was also known for her love and devotion to her family and enjoyed entertaining guests.
Visiting hours: Thursday, August 18, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street in Portland.
Prayers: Friday, August 19, 9:15 a.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street in Portland.
Mass of Christian Burial: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland, with The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., as principal celebrant. Burial will follow at New Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.
To view the livestream of the Prayer Service and Mass, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ConroyTullyWalker
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Sisters of Mercy, 966 Riverside Street, Portland, ME 04103
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Maria Francesca (Marguerite) Cloutier who died on August 6, 2022, at the age of 81. Sister Francesca was born in 1939 to Laurent and Francoise (Bisson) Cloutier.
At the age of 17, she entered the Dominican Sisters of the Roman Congregation as a pre-postulant in Brookline, Mass., and became a postulant in February 1957. Not long after, she left for Mortefontaine, France for her novitiate training and on April 25, 1959, Sr. Francesca made her temporary vows in 1959, and she professed her final vows in 1962 in Lewiston.
Sister Francesca spent much of her life in teaching, including in Lewiston, Sabattus, Brookline, Mass., Rome, Italy, and Staten Island, N.Y., where she taught from 1969 to 1990. She was an extraordinary first-grade teacher and, before it became more commonplace, developed individualized lesson plans for her students, Sister Francesca loved children and was known for the way she connected with them, saying "I enjoyed teaching because I think it was a part of me."
In 1990, Sister Francesca pursued a second career, becoming a grief and bereavement counselor at University Hospital on Staten Island, as well as the director of pastoral care there. In 2003, she retired due to illness and moved back to Lewiston.
In memory of Sr. Francesca, donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes, 61 Lisbon Rd. in Sabattus, ME 04280.
Please pray for the response of the soul of Sr. Janice Perreault, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, who died on Monday, August 8, after a brief illness. Sister was 80 years old and would have celebrated her 58th year of profession on August 15.
Sister Janice was born in Holyoke, Mass., in 1942 to Paul and Lena (Chapdelaine) Perreault. She professed vows as a Sister of the Presentation of Mary in 1964.
Sister earned a bachelor's degree from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, and a master's degree in theology from Providence College in Rhode Island.
She taught at St. Andre School in Biddeford, as well as at schools in Massachusetts. She also served at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford and at St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Mass., and held many leadership roles in her community, including assistant provincial, a position she held until July 2022.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, 209 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA 01844 with a memo for the Sisters Retirement Fund.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Stephen Concannon, a priest of the Diocese of Portland, who died on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at the age of 83.
Born in Portland in 1939, he graduated from Boston College before beginning clerical studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel J. Feeney on May 16, 1964.
Father Concannon served as a parochial vicar at St. Bernard Parish in Rockland, Sacred Heart Parish in Portland, St. Joseph Parish in Gardiner, and St. Martha Parish in Kennebunkport and as a pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton, St. Joseph Parish in Lewiston, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Scarborough and St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Brunswick. While serving at St. Charles, he was also appointed administrator of St. John the Baptist Parish in Brunswick and St. Ambrose Parish in Richmond and served as chaplain at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Father Concannon also served on the Diocesan Tribunal and as secretary to the bishop and vice-chancellor. He was also named the chairman of the Diocese of Portland's 125th anniversary committee.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
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