Fr. Macdonald

Rev Fr. Kenneth Fuller Macdonald

                                                           Nov. 19, 1915
Nova Scotia, Canada


Jul. 18, 1991
Nord-Trondelag County, Norway

The Rev. Kenneth Fuller Macdonald, retired director of Mount Saint John School for Boys in Deep River, died July 18, 1991 in Rorvik, Norway, while on vacation. He was seventy-five and lived on the grounds of the Holy Family Motherhouse in Baltic.

Macdonald served thirty-five years as executive director of the school and three years as its chaplain. He retired December 1. The school, which overlooks the Connecticut River, is owned and operated by the Diocese of Norwich and is licensed by the state. Boys -- aged eleven to fifteen and of all faiths, races and ethnic groups -- are referred to Mount Saint John through the state Department of Children and Youth Services. In 1988, during a celebration marking the school's 80th anniversary, Macdonald was presented with the Norwich Diocesan Patrici-Anne Award for distinguished service by the Bishop Rev. Daniel P. Reilly of Norwich.

"He distinguished himself as a priest, in serving the homeless and the downtrodden, in ministering to the alienated and by comforting the neediest of our brothers," Reilly said. "He gave himself wholeheartedly to his responsibilities and inspired all who knew and served with him."

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Macdonald completed his philosophy and theology studies with the Passionist Fathers in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.

He was ordained in Union City, NJ on February 27, 1943. Macdonald served with the Passionist Fathers until coming to the Diocese of Norwich as chaplain at Mount Saint John in 1955. He was named executive director in 1959 by the Most Rev. Bernard J. Flanagan, the first bishop of Norwich.
Macdonald also served on the Diocesan Commission on Sacred Liturgy.
His body will be returned to the United States Saturday.
Reilly will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Church, 70 West Main Street, Baltic.
Burial will be in Mount Benedict Cemetery in the West Roxbury section of Boston.
Calling hours in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Holy Family Motherhouse, Main Street, Baltic, will be held on Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A Mass will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel. The body will be transferred to St. Mary Church, Baltic, where it will lie in state from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. A parish Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary Church at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday before the Mass.
Published in the Hartford Courant on July 25, 1991.

Mount Benedict Cemetery
West Roxbury
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

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Record added: Jan 22, 2010
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