|Birth:||Nov. 19, 1915|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death:||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.
Mount Benedict Cemetery