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Father Gerard McMahon, R.I.P. Funeral 2-7-15

February 6th, 2015, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Obituary in Democrat and Chronicle

RDC059721-1_20150131Webster: Thursday, January, 29, 2015, age 82. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Helen. Survived by his sister, Helen (Art) Melville; niece, Molly (Andy) Hill; nephews, Arthur (Elizabeth) Melville, Peter (Kim) Melville; many cousins and friends. Thank you to his secial friends John Machand Jr. and family, John Crosby and family, Joe Darby and Bernard Heroux. Father Gerard was a priest 56 years serving in the Diocese of Rochester.

A Mass of Christian Burial 9:00 AM, Saturday February 7, 2015 at Holy Spirit Church, 1355 Hatch Rd., Webster. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Donations in Father’s memory may be directed to Mercy Center, 1437 Blossom Rd, Rochester NY 14610.

Obituary in the Catholic Courier (Jennifer Burke)

Father Gerard McMahon, a longtime parish priest, died Jan. 29, 2015. He was 82.

Father McMahon grew up in St. Monica and St. John the Evangelist parishes in Rochester and attended the parishes’ school. He also attended Aquinas Institute, St. Andrew’s Seminary and St. Bernard’s Seminary, all in Rochester. He was ordained by Bishop James E. Kearney on June 5, 1959, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

He then served as assistant pastor at St. Anthony of Padua in Rochester (1959); Our Lady of Mercy in Greece (1959-60); St. Mary of the Lake in Ontario (1960-69); and St. Mary in Corning (1969-75). He served as associate pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Rochester from 1975-76 before becoming pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Moravia in 1976. He led that parish for nine years before becoming pastor of St. Gabriel Parish in Hammondsport and St. Patrick Parish in Prattsburgh in 1985.

He left those parishes in 1993 to take a temporary assignment in the Diocese of Scranton, Pa., where he served as administrator for several parishes. In 1998 he retired and returned to Rochester, where he lived at Our Lady of Victory Parish. He later moved to Church of the Holy Spirit in Penfield, where he lived and served as needed for approximately nine years. He later moved to the McAuley Residence at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in Brighton.

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will celebrate Father McMahon’s funeral Mass Feb. 7, 2015, at 9 a.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.

Requiescat in Pace

December 7th, 2010, Promulgated by Abaccio
We are a couple of days late on this, but…it is with great sadness that we report that Fresno Bishop John Steinbock has died of lung cancer.

Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by God’s mercy rest in peace.

His death creates the a third vacant see, along with Rapid City, South Dakota (Bishop Cupich was named Bishop of Spokane in June) and Joliet, Illinois (Bishop Sartain was named Archbishop of Seattle in September and installed formally on December 1)

This is in addition to ten prelates serving past the retirement age of 75:

Archbishop Eusebius Beltran of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (76.3 years old)

Bishop Kevin Boland of Savannah, Georgia (75.7 years old)

Archbishop Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (75.7 years old)

Bishop Carlos Sevilla of Yakima, Washington (75.3 years old)

Bishop Joseph Adamec of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania (75.3 years old)

Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire (75.3 years old)

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska (75.2 years old)

Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine, Florida (75.2 years old)

Bishop Paul Zipfel of Bismarck, North Dakota (75.2 years old)

Bishop Gerald Gettelfinger of Evansville, Indiana (75.1 years old)

Furthermore, in 2011 we will see seven more prelates reach retirement age:

Bishop Thomas Doran of  Rockford, Illinois

Archbishop Roger Mahoney of Los Angeles, California (co-adjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez is set to take over)

Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, California (Nancy Pelosi hails from his Archdiocese…)

Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo, New York (This one should be interesting.  I may be tempted to see this installation Mass.)

Bishop Donald Trautman  Trautperson of Erie, Pennsylvania (We wouldn’t want to be gender-specific, you know!)

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, New Mexico

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange, California

Overall in the next five years, 41 more US Bishops will reach retirement age.  Lucky number thirteen is Bishop Clark.