Sister Mary Catherine Perko, SSS
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Mary Catherine Perko, SSS, who died unexpectedly on May 1, 2018.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Sister Mary Catherine was 90 years old, having been a professed member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for 63 years. She pronounced her vows on November 21, 1955, at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Waterville. Sister Mary Catherine graduated from the College of New Rochelle, NY and Fordham University School of Law. As a religious, she studied Biblical Theology for five years at the Gregorian University in Rome.
Sister Mary Catherine served her community as the Superior General for 12 years, as well as local superior in Waterville for six years. Her ministry of presence was greatly appreciated by many. She will be great missed by her religious sisters, her natural family, and many friends.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Marie Immaculata Vane, DW
The Daughters of Wisdom are saddened to report the passing of Sister Marie Immaculata Vane, DW, age 92 who passed away on April 22, 2018.
A native of Jamaica, New York, Sister Marie Immaculata earned a degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish and her advanced degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in education and psychology.
Sr. Marie Immaculata Vane spent 56 years in education, both as a teacher and an administrator, including several years spent teaching in Madawaska.
At retirement, Sister Marie was still active, participating in the monthly gathering of Wisdom Circle with her community of sisters and associates, and she was occasionally called upon to translate French. Beyond that, she was able to do something she had long looked forward to, and that was to be able just to pray.
Sister Marie will be greatly missed by her loving family, sisters, associates and Wisdom Circle friends. She was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram, N.Y.
May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Deacon Richard Doyle
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Richard Doyle, who passed away on Thursday, April 19, with his loving wife, Pat, by his side.
Deacon Richard was originally from Connecticut but lived most of his life on the Pleasant Point Reservation in Maine.
On August 27, 2011, the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Portland, ordained Richard to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
Deacon Rick’s ministry embodied the meaning of diakonia in his humble service to so many parishioners at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Calais, the Passamaquoddy Tribal Community, and beyond. He will be remembered for his many selfless works of kindness and his compassion over the past seven years. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten in our hearts.
Please join in praying for the repose of Deacon Rick’s soul and for the consolation of his wife, Pat, the parish community, and the entire Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point, where he served as tribal governor from 1997-2002. May our merciful God give them peace and strength during this difficult time.
May Deacon Rick’s soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Niyalich (Amen).
Brother James Lacasse, FIC
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Marcel Lacasse (in religion Brother James), who died on Monday, April 16, at the age of 91. He was born in Waterville in 1926 and was one of 10 children. He joined the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Alfred, beginning his novitiate in 1942. Brother James’ ministry was in education. He taught in elementary and high schools, including in Sanford, before joining the staff at Walsh College (now University) in Canton, Ohio, where he served as dean of students and registrar. He was also golf coach there, earning Coach of the Year honors and national titles. Since 1955, Brother James was at the Brothers' home in Alfred, where he performed community service as treasurer and a beloved local superior at different times.
Reception of the Body: Friday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. with vespers at 5:15 p.m. at the Notre Dame Chapel in Alfred
Wake: Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Notre Dame Chapel in Alfred
Funeral: Saturday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Notre Dame Chapel in Alfred
Please keep in your prayers the Brothers of Christian Instruction as well as the natural family of Brother James who mourn his passing. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Dolores Cyr, OP
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Dolores Cyr, OP, (nee Rolande Cyr) who died on Friday, April 13 at age 71. Born in Lewiston in 1947, she entered the Dominican Sisters in 1979 after staying home to help her parents raise her eight younger brothers and sisters. She was professed in 1982 in Sabattus. Sister Dolore’s ministry was in health care, working in nursing home facilities in Iowa City, Des Moines and Riverside, Iowa and in Lewiston Maine. In 2010, she returned to Maine to take care of her mother and was assigned to the Sabattus Community.
Wake: Monday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Fortin Funeral Home, 70 Horton Street in Lewiston
Funeral: Tuesday, April 24, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Prince of Peace Parish, 1080 Lisbon Street inLewiston
Please keep in your prayers the Dominican Sisters, as well as Sister Dolore's family and friends in your prayers. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Am
Please keep in your prayers the Dominican Sisters and Brothers of Christian Instruction as well as the natural families of Sr. Dolores and Brother James who mourn their passing. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Rita Pelletier, O.P.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Rita Pelletier, O.P., who died on Tuesday April 3, at the age of 87. Sister was a professed member of the Dominican Sisters of the Roman Union for 63 years. Raised in Lewiston and a graduate of St. Dominic High School, Sister Rita served her Dominican Sisters in Brookline, Mass., and Sabattus before receiving her nursing degree. She served as a nurse at Marcotte Home in Lewiston and at Bishop Drumm Nursing Home and Dr. Boesen Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. Towards the end of her active ministry, she served the Navajo Indians on their reservation in Klagetoh, AZ.
Among her relatives that predeceased her is her brother, Father Rosairo Pelletier, O.P., who served at SS. Peter and Paul in Lewiston for many years.
Please remember in your prayers Sister Rita's natural and religious family and her many friends. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Sister Bertha Cormier, SCIM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Bertha Cormier, SCIM, formerly known as Sr. Rita-Marie, who died on Easter Sunday at St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford. She was 84 years old.
Sister Bertha was born in Van Buren on September 7, 1933, to Joseph Cormier and Leona Cyr Cormier, the twelfth of 13 children.
She entered the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec (Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) in 1953 and taught elementary school for 20 years, serving in Catholic schools in Biddeford; Lawerence, Mass.; and Donaldson, Tenn. She also taught in public schools in Van Buren and Grand Isle.
After her teaching career, she became a school librarian and community bookkeeper. She will also be remembered for the years she served as hostess at the Bay View Convent.
Please remember in your prayers Sister’s religious and natural families. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Sister Maura Murphy, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sr. Maura Murphy, RSM, who died peacefully at Frances Warde Convent on Monday, March 12, 2018. Sister Maura was 83 years old, and this year would be her 65th anniversary of entry into the Sisters of Mercy.
Sister Maura was a beloved teacher, known for her gentleness, kindness, love of teaching and love of her students. She served at several schools during her many years of teaching including St. Joseph School in Portland, St. Mary School in Old Town, St. Mary School in Biddeford, St. Joseph School in Lewiston, St. Patrick School in Portland, St. Mary School in Bangor, and Holy Cross School in South Portland, where she was a teacher and principal.
During her many years of ministry, Sister Maura also served at the St. Elizabeth’s Child Development Center for a year, as religious education director at St. James School in Biddeford, and as interim supervisor of elementary education students at St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Please remember in your prayers Sister Maura’s religious and natural families. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
Father John J. Feeney
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend John Joseph Feeney, 90, who died Wednesday,February 21, 2018. He had been living at Beaumont in Northbridge (a rehabilitation center in Northbridge, MA), near his niece, Anne Vanhaaren, who was overseeing his care.
John, the son of Daniel E. and Catherine Feeney, was born in Portland on August 6, 1927. He attended St. Dominic’s Grammar School and Cheverus High School, both in Portland. After completing two years of classical studies at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT, he entered St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he completed his clerical studies in philosophy and theology. He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, D.D., Seventh Bishop of Portland, on June 12, 1954.
During his years of full-time priestly ministry, Fr. Feeney served in the following assignments:
- St. Joseph Parish, Portland (Summer 1954), Parochial Vicar
- St. Patrick Parish, Lewiston (Fall 1954-1969), Parochial Vicar
- Our Lady of Ransom Parish, Mechanic Falls (1969-1971), Pastor
- Added responsibility as the Director of Diocesan Family Life (1970-1974)
- St. Mary Parish, Bangor (1971-1978), Pastor
- St. Patrick Parish, Portland (1978-1985), Pastor
- Added responsibility as Associate Director of Office of Vocations (2 terms spanning from 1985-1991)
- St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth (1988-1997), Pastor
In addition, Fr. Feeney served the diocese in the following capacities:
- Chaplain to: Stella Maris Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, Lewiston; Catholic Nurses Association, Lewiston; First Friday Associates, Portland; Ancient Order of Hibernians, Portland; Greater Portland Council of Catholic Men; Knights of Columbus of St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth; Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Fr. Sebastian Rasle Assembly, South Portland;
- Confessor to: Sisters of Mercy Convent, Lewiston
- Priest-Consultant to: Child & Family Mental Health Services Agency, Lewiston
- Member of the following diocesan advisory bodies: Diocesan Office of Family Life Ministry; Diocesan Pastoral Council (1981-1984); Council of Priests; Diocesan Board of Education (1987-1990); and Priests’ Personnel Board (1987-1990)
- Vicar Forane: Southern Cumberland Deanery (beginning in 1981, with a reappointment from 1982-1985)
After he relinquished the administrative responsibilities associated with being a pastor, Fr. Feeney continued to exercise priestly ministry in many parishes, especially in the greater Portland area. He also led parish missions, did retreats for people in recovery, and offered spiritual direction.
Fr. Feeney was once described as “a gentleman with nice manners … with dignity in bearing and speech … broad minded … and being pious, humble and zealous.” At the time of Fr. Feeney’s retirement, Bishop Joseph wrote to him and recapped his many ministries and contributions to the life and faith of the Catholic Church in Maine. He also recalled that Fr. Feeney “played an important role in a project aimed at bringing peace to Ireland by bringing Catholic and Protestant Irish children to this country for visits so they could experience peace and toleration.”
Please pray also for the consolation of Fr. Feeney’s family and friends. And may Fr. Feeney’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace
Sister M. Stella Maris Ware, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister M. Stella Maris Ware, RSM, 94 (formerly Genevieve Constance) who was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Frances Warde Convent, Portland. Sister Stella Maris had celebrated her 75th jubilee in 2017.
Sister Stella Maris was born in Fairfield in 1923 and was a graduate of Lawrence High School. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Fairfield. Sister studied at Our Lady of Mercy College in Portland, the forerunner of St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.
Sister Stella Maris spent most of her years as a teacher. She taught at St. Edward School in Bar Harbor, St. Mary School in Orono, St. Athanasius School in Rumford, St. Joseph School in Portland, St. Joseph School in Lewiston, Cathedral School in Portland, St. Mary School in Bath, and Sacred Heart School in Portland. She also taught at the Pleasant Point Reservation and had a deep fondness for the children there.
In 1982, Sister Stella Maris retired from teaching and became an assistant in the Motherhouse Infirmary, where she ministered to sisters who were ill.
Sister Stella Maris is survived by a brother, Louis Ware, and his wife, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
• Wake/Visitation: Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland, ME
• Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland
• Burial/Committal: Immediately following Mass at New Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland
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Please pray also for the consolation of her immediate and extended family, as well as her Sisters in religious community.
Father Donald Jacques
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Donald William Jacques, 90, who died Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
Donald was born in Milford, NH, on February 9, 1927, the son of Leon J. and Vera B. (Stoddard) Jacques. After graduating from Milford public schools, he attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He then completed his studies in philosophy and theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA. He was ordained to the priesthood, for the Diocese of Portland, by Cardinal R.J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on September 29, 1953.
During his years of full-time, active ministry, Father Jacques served in the following assignments:
- St. Mary Parish, Bangor – Parochial Vicar (October 1953-September 1964)
- St. Patrick Parish, Portland – Parochial Vicar (September 1964-March 1967)
- Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Portland (March 1967-1969), then added St. Teresa Parish, Brewer – Temporary Administrator (January-June 1969)
- St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Bucksport – Pastor (June 1969-October 1972)
- St. Joseph Parish, Gardiner – Pastor (October 1972-June 1982)
- St. Raphael Parish, Kittery – Pastor (June 1982-January 1993), which included Portsmouth Navy Shipyard Catholic Chaplain
- St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Brunswick – Pastor (January 1993-June 1997, at which time he retired from full-time ministry)
Fr. Jacques remained active in pastoral ministry in southern Maine, in the dioceses of Manchester, NH, and Venice, FL, and as a chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea of the USA.
In addition to the above pastoral duties, Father Jacques also served the Diocese of Portland in the following capacities:
- Spiritual Director – Legion of Mary, Bangor
- Director – Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for the St. Bernard Deanery, Gr. Bangor Area
- Chief Coordinator – Altar Boys’ Convocations for the Diocese
- Confessor – Various Communities of Religious Sisters
- Moderator – Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
- Chaplain – Knights of Columbus Canabas Council #1299, Gardiner
- Faithful Friar – Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #1431, Brunswick
- Chaplain – Diocesan Human Relations Services, Region III (Waterville) and Region VI (Saco)
- Priests Personnel Board
- Priests Senate – Southern Kennebec Deanery
- Vicar Forane – Southern York Deanery (1983-1993)
- Vicar Forane – Sagadahoc-Lincoln Deanery (1993-1997)
Early on in his formation, it was said that “[Donald] is earnest and sincere, and his character is solid and reliable.” During his years of ministry, it was noted that he had “a remarkable gift for addressing and delivering timely homilies and expounding upon issues relevant to all—young, middle-aged and old.” In 1997, on the occasion of his retirement, Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B. wrote to Fr. Jacques and stated: “Throughout your ministry, you have had a reputation for hospitality and warmth, for your love of the liturgy and the attention you gave to creating a fitting environment for worship. I know from personal observation of your great generosity and compassion…”
Please pray also for the consolation of his sister, Jeanne Jacques, and of his extended family and friends.
Peter was an active member and past-president of the Greater Waterville Interfaith Council for 20 years. He served as coordinator of Interfaith Clergy which became the Interfaith Council. He was one of the four founding fathers of the Interfaith Homeless Shelter in Waterville, now known as the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. - See more at: http://obituaries.centralmaine.com/obituaries/mainetoday-centralmaine/ob...
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