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The Church lost a giant yesterday with the passing of Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ. Cardinal Dulles was the only American theologian to become a prince of the Church having bypassed the episcopate. he was a convert to Catholicism from a prominent Presbyterian family.

Born in Auburn, New York, on August 24, 1918, to John Foster Dulles and Janet Pomeroy Avery Dulles. His father later became the United States Secretary of State to whom Dulles International Airport is dedicated.

Avery Dulles became a Catholic in 1940 and entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. After many years as an important influential theologian, he was elevated to the college of cardinals in recognition of his enormous contribution to Catholic theology. This elevation ordinarily comes with ordination as a bishop, but Dulles requested and recieved permission to decline this ordination.

Of his many works, Models of the Church, is one of his best known works. It was one of the first theological works I formally studied. However, he wrote prolifically on many issues.

I was fortunate to hear him speak last year on Divine Impassibility. The lecture, which was one of his very last, was simply brilliant.
I plan to travel to New York for the funeral and will report when I return.
Photo by Domini Sumus

The Diocese of Fall River lost a good priest last week. Although he never served at a parish where I belonged or worked, Father Martins was very good friends with my childhood parish priest. Because of their friendship, he was one of the priests who had a great influence on my life.
I first met Fr. Martins when I was about 14 years old. At the time he was the most conservative priest knew. He would tell me long rants about the evils of the “modern” way of thinking and approaches to Catholicism. He was relentless in his attempt to impress upon his parishioners the importance of maintaining an active faith life and was never afraid to tell it to people like it is.

His influence caused me to question the squishy theology I was taught in CCD and gave me the courage to stand up to certain CCD teachers. I wish I could list all the ways he helped me, but this post would be unending.

I will miss this great priest, and dear friend who taught me to never be afraid to speak the truth.

Pe. Martins, levem-te os anjos ao paraíso; à tua chegada, recebam-te os mártires e introduzam-te na cidade santa de Jerusalém.

Rev. John Cipriano Martins, retired pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fall River, passed away on Friday.

Born in Sao Sebastiao, Terceira, Azores, he was the son of the late Joao M. and Rita (Ferreira) Martins. After studying at Angra Seminary in Terceira, he was ordained on April 10, 1955 by the late Prelate Rt. Rev. Bishop Manuel A. Carvalho.

Later that year his first assignment in this country was as a Curate at St. Anthony of Padua Church where he remained until 1965. At the time, he was the youngest priest in the Fall River Diocese. Fr. Martins went on to serve as Curate at St. Anthony Parish, E. Falmouth; Curate at St. Elizabeth, Fall River; Assistant Pastor at St. Anthony Parish, Taunton; Administrator at St. Peter Parish, Provincetown; Administrator (for 12 years) at Our Lady of Health Parish, Fall River; Pastor at Santo Christo Parish and returning to St. Anthony of Padua as Pastor in 1994.

He was the brother of Miquelina Fagundes, Rita Coelho and the late Maria Jose Paiva and uncle of Lucia Drumonde, Maria Coelho, Jose M. Paiva, Teresina Dinis, John C. Paiva, Marilou Gouveia and Anne Gendreau.

His concelebrated Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Bedford St. on Thursday at 11:00 AM followed by his committal service at Notre Dame Cemetery Mausoleum.

His body will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Please omit flowers.

Donations may be made in his memory to Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 1525, Fall River 02722.

Fr. Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi passed away in the United States on January 30th at the age of 87. Unconfirmed reports say that he was in Naples, Florida at the time, but the location of his death has not been released.

Born in Mexico, Fr. Maciel was ordered by Pope Benedict to retire to a life of “prayer and penitence” in 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused nine boys and young men. Fr. Maciel denied the allegations and asserted his innocence. The allegations against him never went to trial because they were long past the statute of limitations.

The Legionaries of Christ were founded in 1941 when the Catholic Church was being persecuted in Mexico by an anti-clerical government.
the formerly underground movement now has 600 priests and 2,500 seminarians worldwide. There are also thousands of laity who are members of Regnum Christi.
Below is posted an official message regarding the death of Fr. Maciel.

To the members of the Regnum Christi Movement

My dear friends in Christ:

“And the Word was made flesh!” These were the last words that Nuestro Padre left written. He knew that the Incarnation gave meaning to all our lives. As we know, ever since his childhood and adolescence, our Lord granted him the grace of clearly perceiving the relative value of time in the face of eternity. He always taught us that Christ is the center, the only reason of our existence: “…in the great Mystery of his Presence in the Eucharist… we can touch him and almost feel him as our Brother and Father, Friend and Redeemer. Thus… he has willed to draw us to Himself until the joyful day when, breaking all bonds, free in his total plenitude, we will be able to contemplate him in the life to come” (LNP, March 11, 1975).

Within the deep sadness and sorrow that this news gives us, I also have the joy of telling you that Nuestro Padre has reached the end of his earthly pilgrimage. With the peace that always filled his soul, he departed for his eternal destiny on January 30 in the United States.

Certainly, although we all knew this moment had to come, on a human level it still causes us deep sadness. His departure hurts us in the deepest part of our soul. On the other hand, Nuestro Padre always spoke to us of hope, and when he talked about death, he always talked about the Resurrection. And so, we are not going to stay only in the sadness of the moment or in the tears of the heart. Today we must listen to St. Paul’s exhortation: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Phil 4:4). We must rejoice with the supernatural joy of the one who lives by faith and hope, carrying in our hearts the joy of being united to Christ the Good Shepherd, and walking at his side like the pilgrims on the way to Emmaus, with a firm stride toward eternity.

As he often told us, he didn’t want us to focus on him: “If only you could see not me, but God’s plan”; he wanted us to go to Christ. It is around the tabernacle and in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament that we will be most deeply united, with the strength and singular significance of charity. This will be the best way of remembering him and of keeping him always in our hearts.

There is so much that we would like to say. But I believe that what we all want now is the silence to contemplate and thank, to suffer and trust with the joy of one who believes and hopes in the midst of a sorrow that can’t be expressed in words. Let us unite ourselves to the Blessed Virgin; she will guide our minds toward the depths of the mystery that surrounds us, and will always fill us with her peace. Nuestro Padre had explicitly asked me to be accompanied at the hour of his death by an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who has always been his faithful and loving Mother. May she help us to continue our mission of total service to the Catholic Church we love so much, in full and filial loyalty to the Holy Father.

The funeral will be celebrated in an atmosphere of prayer, in a simple and private way. We will accompany him with the prayers that we will all be offering for his eternal repose.

Profoundly united to all of you in prayer and in the mission we share, I remain your affectionate servant in Christ,

Alvaro Corcuera, LC

Update: Fr. Maciel died in Houston, Texas.

From the Diocese of Syracuse:

Msgr. Joseph Champlin, one of the most beloved priests in the history of the Diocese of Syracuse, died on Thursday, January 17, 2008. He was 77 years of age. Msgr. Champlin had been battling a rare form of cancer called Waldenstrom’s Disease.

Father Joseph Champlin was born on May 11, 1930 and educated in the public schools of New York State before graduating from Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts in 1947. After studying at Yale and Notre Dame, he began and continued his journey to the priesthood at seminaries in Rochester, New York. He was ordained February 2, 1956, for the diocese of Syracuse and during 50 years of priestly ministry, Father Champlin has served as pastor in three parishes within his diocese, including rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception from 1995-2005. Currently, semi-retired, he was the sacramental priest at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Warners, New York.

From 1968-1971 he served as Associate Director in the Liturgy Secretariat for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Father Champlin edited for the American Bishops Faithful to Each Other Forever: “A Catholic Handbook of Pastoral Help for Marriage Preparation.”

Father Champlin has traveled more than two million miles here and abroad during these years lecturing on liturgical and pastoral matters as well as conducting retreats for priests and missions for parishes.

Father Champlin is most remembered for his prolific writings and his frequent lectures. He has written 50 books with over twenty million copies of his publications in print. For many years, he authored a weekly column on the liturgy and worship distributed by the NC News Service and has also appeared in about a dozen videos and made numerous television appearances. His most popular volume is Together for Life in both English and Spanish, now with over nine million copies in circulation (Ave Maria Press/Liguori).

Father Champlin has lectured widely on stewardship and sacrificial giving with a manual, Grateful Caretakers of God’s Many Gifts, including attractive companion fliers “Grateful Giving” and “Taking a Step” (Liturgical Press). In addition, Liturgical Press published a booklet by Father Champlin called: A Way of Life, “Four small group faith sharing sessions on Stewardship, Sacrificial Giving, or Grateful Caretaking.”

In November, 2003, Ave Maria Press released Slow Down: “Five Minute Reflections to De-Stress Your Days” – a compilation of 101 radio spots broadcast locally. In 2004, Alba House published From Time to Eternity and Back, a personalized account of his struggle with Waldenstrom’s Disease, a rare form of bone marrow cancer.

Two books, The Breaking of the Bread: “An Updated Handbook for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” and The Eucharist: A Mystery of Faith, were released by Paulist Press in the fall of 2004.

He completed a thorough update of What It Means to be Catholic (St. Anthony Messenger Press). In addition, a sequel to Slow Down entitled Take Five, Preparing for Eternity: “A Catholic Handbook for End of Life Concerns” and a Beginners Guide for Reading the Bible (Ave Maria Press). Catholic Book Publishing issued in 2006, A Catholic Perspective on the Purpose Driven Life. Three of his works have been published by Liguori in Spanish: El Via Crucis Con el Papa Juan Pablo II (Stations of the Cross with Pope John Paul II), De la muerte a la vida (From Death to Life) and Juntos Para Toda La Vida (Together For Life with Rite of Marriage cards as well). The last book has consistently been at the top of best selling Catholic Spanish books list. Scheduled for 2008 is “A Process for Parish Evangelization” a practical and detailed process with accompanying materials (St. Anthony Messenger Press).

Ten years ago, Father Champlin founded the Guardian Angel Society, a non-profit effort to assist children in the Central New York area from diverse below poverty level homes with their education. During that decade the Society has raised $2 million, distributed $1.5 million and aided over 150 youngsters to have a better chance at life. Seven of those graduates are now studying at prestigious colleges including Clarkson, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Syracuse University.

He also appears frequently on Sirius Satellite Radio at 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday mornings.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Calling hours: Tuesday, January 22, 3:00-7:00pm
Vigil Service: Tuesday January 22, 7:00pm
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, January 23, 10:30am
All are in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Please note: Father Champlin’s remains will not be present for the Calling Hours or Funeral. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that it is a “noble and meritorious act” (#2296) for persons to donate their entire bodies to science or to a medical school for use by students studying to become physicians. Msgr. Champlin made that choice and donated his body to Upstate Medical Center. However, this process requires the body to be transferred immediately after death to the medical institution. Consequently, having his body and an open casket, present for the funeral service, traditional for priests, clearly was not possible.

For more information, contact Danielle E. Cummings, Assistant Chancellor/Director of Communications at 315.470.1476.

Providence, RI — Rev. Philip Alphonsus Smith, O.P., Providence College’s 11th president, was remembered “as a child of God from the day he was baptized” during his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 9, 2007 in St. Dominic Chapel on campus. Father Smith died unexpectedly at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on Sunday, November 4. A current professor of philosophy at PC, he served as president from 1994-2005.

Approximately 650 members and friends of the College community, including 35 members of Father Smith’s family as well as city and state government dignitaries, attended the Mass, overflowing into the lower level of the chapel.

The principal celebrant was the Very Rev. D. Dominic Izzo, O.P., prior provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and chair of the PC Corporation. The principal concelebrants were College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.; Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P., College executive vice president and treasurer; Rev. Terence J. Keegan, O.P., professor of theology and College executive vice president and treasurer under Father Smith; and Rev. William P. Marquis, O.P., prior of St. Thomas Aquinas Priory and an assistant professor of economics and department chair.

Approximately 40 Friars from the Dominican Community at PC concelebrated the Mass from their pews.

Presiding were six bishops representing the Diocese of Providence: the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, D.D., current ordinary bishop of Providence and a member of the Providence College Corporation and the Board of Trustees; the Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee, D.D., bishop emeritus of Providence; the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D., bishop emeritus of Providence; the Most Rev. George H. Pearce, S.M., archbishop emeritus of Suva, Fiji; the Most Rev. Ernest B. Boland, O.P., D.D., bishop emeritus of Multan, Pakistan, and a resident of St. Thomas Aquinas Priory at PC, who ordained Father Smith in 1968; and the Most Rev. Francis X. Roque, D.D., retired auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services/U.S.A.

In addition, four of Father Smith’s seminary classmates–with whom he was ordained- -participated in the Mass: Father Keegan, who preached the homily, as well as Rev. Michael M. Burke, O.P., Rev. Bernard G. Dupont, O.P., and Rev. Donald P. Thibault, O.P., who traveled from New Orleans, La., Louisville, Ky., and Pleasantville, N.Y., respectively, to celebrate their Dominican brother’s life.

Father Smith’s niece, Jill Dunn ’00, and his sister, Bertha Smith Dunn, proclaimed readings from the Book of Wisdom and the First Letter of John, respectively. The General Intersessions were proclaimed by two of Father Smith’s nieces, Gwen Carragher Staub and Nora Smith Davis, while the offertory gifts were presented by two other nieces, Linda Mae Smith and Donna Smith Taucer.

At the start of his homily, Father Keegan addressed why a healthy and vibrant Father Smith was taken so suddenly.

“It’s a simple answer and an answer I give to my ninety-seven-year-old mother when she asks me, ‘Why am I still alive?'” said Father Keegan with a smile. “I tell her, ‘Mother, you’re still alive because God doesn’t want you yet.’ I firmly believe God wanted Father Philip Smith; it was his plan.”

Father Keegan went on to laud Father Smith’s tenure as College president. After saying that he joked with him about a College president “who went to hell and another who died and went to heaven,” Father Keegan said there was no question where his friend of 46 years was.

“I don’t know another person on Earth who had a greater love for Providence College than Father Philip Smith,” he said. “There are so many reasons why we are here. He had a deep and meaningful influence on our lives….He was so many things to so many of us.”

In referencing the earlier Gospel from St. John, Father Keegan added, “He was a rugged, strong, assertive person but inside he was a child of God. He was a child of God from the day he was baptized. He loved his priesthood, loved the Dominican Order, and loved to exercise his ministry.”

On the day of the previous week when Father Smith was about to be driven to the hospital for surgery, Father Keegan recounted how Father Smith asked for his blessing and knelt before him.

“As I blessed him,” Father Keegan said, “I prayed that the operation would be a success and that God would bring him safely home.” He then added, “Be careful what you pray for because you might get it. The operation was a success and God did bring him home, not to his perishable, temporary home at Providence College but to his real, eternal home in heaven.”

Referring to a passage in Mark’s Gospel where Jesus knelt before John the Baptist and heard a voice from heaven, Father Keegan concluded, “Father Smith was indeed God’s beloved son in whom God was well pleased.”

After Communion, Father Smith’s successor as president, Father Shanley, offered a reflection. He remembered Father Smith as a visionary whose goals for the College blossomed to magnificent fruition.

Father Shanley specifically noted the artificial-turf field, the Smith Center for the Arts and, most importantly, St. Dominic Chapel, as proof that Father Smith “was a builder” and “connected to the mission of Providence College.”

“He left this place a much stronger institution than when he entered,” Father Shanley said. “I know how tirelessly and passionately he worked.”

He went on to say how impressed he was with Father Smith’s drive to get back to teaching following his presidency. “After 11 years of not being in the classroom, having to face down eighteen- to twenty-one-year–olds is a daunting task, but he was up to it,” he said.

However, despite his gifts as a teacher and his vision for the campus, Father Shanley said that Father Smith was first and foremost a priest who shined brightest in one-on-one situations. “I think that is when we saw Father Smith at his absolute best. He had a wonderful way of encountering a person in need and then presenting Christ to them,” he said.

After the Mass, hundreds processed down the College’s Grotto Lane to the Dominican Community Cemetery, where Father Marquis presided over the burial rite.

Video from the funeral Mass can be downloaded from the Providence College website.

H/T to Dom who made the video.

There have been many priests who have helped me become the person I am today. Each of these priests holds a special place in my heart. One of these priests was Fr. Richard Beaulieu. Fr. Beaulieu was one of those priests who would go out of his way for his parishioners and even for those who were not his parishioners.

Although I was never a parishioner at a parish where he served, Fr. Beaulieu and I spent many hours talking about Church, vocations, other ecclesial topics, and just being friends. While his life was far from problem free, he always did his best to serve his parish and the universal Church.

Please remember him, as well as his family and friends in your prayers.

Rev. Richard W. Beaulieu, 60, of Bourne, died Tuesday, March 27, 2007, unexpectedly, while on vacation. He was the son of Florence (Goulet) Beaulieu of Acushnet and the late Octave Beaulieu.
He was born in Acushnet and was living on Cape Cod. He graduated from St. Anthony High School and attended Providence College, St. Thomas Seminary and St. John Seminary and obtained his Master’s Degree from Boston College.
He was ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River on May 22, 1971, by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. His assignments were 1971-1977 as Parochial Vicar at St. Jacques Parish, Taunton and Chaplain of Coyle-Cassidy High School, Taunton; 1977-1981 he was Principal of Coyle-Cassidy High School; 1982-1985 he was Parochial Vicar at St. Louis de France Parish, Swansea; 1985-1996 he was Diocesan Director of Education; 1990-2001 he was Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Fall River; Notre Dame Parish, Fall River; and St. Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet. Father Beaulieu also served as an Advocate, Notary and Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary Education Fund, PO Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722.
Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Susan Y. Garman and her husband, Gary of New Bedford; Diane C. Sweet and her husband, Mark of Acushnet; Anne M. Giammalvo and her husband, Larry of Wareham; nine nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the brother of the late Vivian Johns.
Fr. Beaulieu will lie in state at St. Francis Xavier Church, Acushnet on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a Wake Service at 7:30 PM. His Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 11 AM followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Arrangements by Rock Funeral Home.


The following prelates died recently:

– Bishop Miguel Angel Lecumberri Erburu O.C.D., former apostolic vicar of Tumaco, Colombia, on March 14, at the age of 82.

– Bishop Carlos Ambrosio Lewis S.V.D., coadjutor emeritus of David, Panama, on November 29, 2004, at the age of 86.

– Bishop Jose Ivo Lorscheiter, emeritus of Santa Maria, Brazil, on March 5, at the age of 79.

– Bishop Abdul-Ahad Sana, emeritus of Alquoch of the Chaldeans, Iraq, on March 2, 2007, at the age of 84.

May they and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The following prelates died in recent weeks:

– Cardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi C.I.C.M., archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on January 6 at the age of 76.

– Cardinal Antonio Maria Javierre Ortas S.D.B., prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on February 1, at the age of 85.

– Patriarch Ignace Antoine II Hayek of Antioch of the Syrians, Lebanon, on February 21, at the age of 96.

– Major Archbishop Cyril Mar Baselios Malancharuvil O.I.C. of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars, India, on January 18, at the age of 71.

– Bishop Generoso C. Camina P.M.E., emeritus of Digos, Philippines, on February 1, at the age of 75.

– Archbishop Gerard de Milleville C.S.Sp., titular of Gabala, on January 12, at the age of 94.

– Bishop Johannes Gorantla of Kurnool, India, on January 20, at the age of 54.

– Archbishop Bernard Jacqueline, apostolic nuncio, on February 26, at the age of 88.

– Bishop John J. Kaising, auxiliary to the military ordinariate for the U.S.A., on January 14, at the age of 70.

– Bishop Mathias Kappil, emeritus of Punalur, India, on February 24, at the age of 79.

– Archbishop Jose Lambert C.S.S., emeritus of Sorocaba, Brazil, on February 26, at the age of 77

– Bishop Ovidio Lari, emeritus of Aosta, Italy, on February 2, at the age of 88.

– Bishop Gerard Francis Loft S.M., emeritus of Auki, Solomon Islands, on February 4, at the age of 73.

– Bishop Bernard Mabula, emeritus of Singida, Tanzania, on February 24, at the age of 87.

– Archbishop Anthony G. Meagher of Kingston, Canada, on January 14, at the age of 66.

– Archbishop Joseph Peter Mallon, emeritus of Regina, Canada, on February 3, at the age of 77.

– Archbishop Eustathe Joseph Mounayer, emeritus of Damascus of the Syrians, Syria, on February 16, at the age of 81.

– Bishop Bonaventure Patrick Paul O.F.M., emeritus of Hyderabad in Pakistan, Pakistan, on January 18, at the age of 77.

– Bishop Nemesio Rivera Meza, titular of Diospoli superiore, on January 9, at the age of 88.

– Bishop Jairo Rui Matos da Silva, emeritus of Bonfim, Brazil, on January 12, at the age of 77.

– Bishop Hermann Josef Spital, emeritus of Trier, Germany, on January 10, at the age of 81.

– Bishop Leon Augustine Tharmaraj of Kottar, India, on January 16, at the age of 65.

– Archbishop Augusto Trujillo Arango, emeritus of Tunja, Colombia, on February 24, at the age of 84.


Most retired priests are never really retired. Instead, they continues to minister to the community at large and assist pastors in all the surrounding towns.

That is what Fr. Ralph Tetrault did. Despite serious heart problems and several heart attacks, he could be found at several area parishes doing what he loved best. Serving God and the faithful.

After he retired, he was given a small organ and decided that he was going to learn to play. He took organ lessons and we even appeared in a few recitals together.

I was blessed to know Fr. Tetrault as a priest, friend, and fellow musician. He will be deeply missed.

Rev. Ralph D. Tetrault, 68, of Fall River died Saturday January 13, 2007 at Catholic Memorial Home.

Born in New Bedford on October 16, 1938, he was the son of the late Norman G. and Mary Jesse (Langford) Tetrault. He was a graduate of Holy Name School in New Bedford and Fairhaven High School, Class of 1956. He began his studied for the Priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn., receiving an Associates Degree in 1959 and a Bachelors Degree in 1961 from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.
Father Tetrault was ordained a priest on May 1, 1965 in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River, by the Most Reverend James J. Gerrard, Auxiliary Bishop of the Fall River Diocese. His assignments as a Parochial Vicar included Immaculate Conception Parish, Fall River (1965-1969), St. Patrick’s Parish, Wareham (1969-1974), Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River, (1974-1977), and St. Thomas More Parish, Somerset (1977-1981).

He served as Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, North Attleboro from 1981-1994. He was the Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Wareham from 1994 until his retirement from active ministry in January 1998 due to failing health. In retirement he resided in Fall River at the Cardinal Medeiros Residence for Retired Priests, while celebrating Mass at the former Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Swansea, St. Dominic’s Parish, Swansea, and St. Thomas More, Parish, Somerset.

Survivors include four brothers, Norman of Margate, FL, Wayne and Paul, both of New Bedford, and Gregory of Westport; four sisters, Susan Bryan-Royster of Gloucester; Nancy Rochon of Cumberland, RI, Pamela Silva of Dartmouth; and Valerie Fogarty of Worcester; and many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Maryann J. DeMelo.

Father Tetrault will be transferred to Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 121 Mount Pleasant St., New Bedford on Tuesday at 2 PM, where he will lie in state until a Wake Service at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 AM, with Bishop George Coleman as principal celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please do not send flowers. Remembrances may be made to the Cardinal Medeiros Residence, 375 Elsbree St., Fall River, MA 02720. For directions and guestbook, please visit

I pray that at this moment the Lord is embracing you and saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Well done”.

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