My husband, Vicente, and I had the opportunity of meeting Father Jim Cunningham in the year of 2004, almost 12 years ago, when visiting the Stigmatine community in Waltham, MA. For all the times I had the opportunity of being with him, I had a clear understanding that I was with a Saint, that had just come down from heaven.He used to give a blessing to whoever he met during the day, and tell each one words of love, peace and hope. He used to offer Mass and play accordion in nursing homes.
We had the opportunity of seeing him many other times, even though we don’t leave close to Waltham. Each time was a God’s gift to us.
Now, he is just called back home by our Heavenly Father. While we are already missing him, we know we have now a new intercessor in heaven.
May God rest you, dearest friend! Thank you for your loving presence among us on earth.
(All taken at the Stigmatine property in Waltham, MA)
The funeral was very nice. Fr. Greg did his usual sterling funeral Mass.
Fr. Joe’s son, Patrick (the Boston firefighter) was there, as was Patrick’s sister and mother and I think a nephew.
Fr. Joe’s sister, a nun, was there and many of her confreres also.
Jessica, her dad (John, the cook) Ruthie, myself and a couple of others.
We went to the cemetery for services, but the burial will be later – while I assumed it was because of frozen ground. The explanation given us was that nothing is plowed over to the Stigmatine’s section (THAT was apparent).
Again (as at Fr. Linse’s funeral), the Mass was in the lower Chapel due to construction and the collation was in the function room behind the Chapel. A parishioner owns a local deli and they have it catered by him…..the food is REALLY delicious!!!
Maureen decided it was TOO cold for her to venture forth – and Madelyn had wanted to come but neither Maureen nor I were able to reach her to finalize the arrangements so it ended up that only Ruthie and I were there from the Lay Associates.
Fr. Joe Connolly was a good-hearted person… and very good to Van, myself and Ruthie. Fr. Joe’s decline was not easy… some people seem serve their Purgatory time here on earth, and I think he was one of them.
Reverend Joseph Michael Connolly, C.S.S. of the Stigmatine Fathers, 554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA died on February 6, 2015 at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. He was 84 years old. He was born in Brighton MA on November 5, 1930. His Father, Michael, was born in Spiddal, Ireland and his Mother, Mary (Connolly) was born in Oughterand, Ireland. Both parents are deceased. He leaves his loving family: Sister Marie Connolly, C.S.J. of Brighton, MA, John Connolly of West Roxbury, MA and Patrick Connolly of Roslindale, MA.
Father Connolly entered The Stigmatine Fathers’ Community at Waltham on September 15, 1945. His First Profession of Vows was on August 16, 1951. His Final Profession of Vows was on August 16, 1954. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on May 5, 1957. He received the Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum University, Rome, Italy in 1957 and the Master of Arts in History from Boston College.
Father Connolly served in a number of Stigmatine assignments: Parochial Vicar at the following parishes: All Saints, Manassas, VA, Mount Carmel, Springfield, MA, Holy Family, Lynn, MA and he was a teacher at the following schools: Stigmatine Minor Seminary, Wellesley, MA, Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody, MA and Aquinas Junior College, Milton, MA. He also served as retreat master at the Espousal Center, Waltham, MA.
Father Connolly’s Wake and Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5 East Main Street, Milford, MA on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The Wake will be from 9 A.M. to 10:15 A.M., followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. Burial will follow the Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Milford.
Wilma Morin and I went together, plus Colleen K. Kodjian and her husband came, so there was a representation of the Lay Stigmatines.
The funeral was very nice. It was in the lower Chapel @ Sacred Heart, in Milford.
There were some nieces, nephews and a few old friends there in addition to the Stigmatines…. also, Joseph Desir came, John (the cook) and Don.
Fr. Greg was the chief celebrant, Fr. Deeker the master of ceremonies and Fr. Henchey gave a wonderful eulogy.
The music was very, very good also.
THANKFULLY the weather held for the burial. Although it was 30 degrees, there was no wind, and the day sunny.
Afterwards, we returned to Sacred Heart for a nice luncheon in the community room, behind the downstairs chapel. A parishioner, who owns a deli, put up a dynamite salad, wonderful wrap sandwiches and delicious pastries.
Fr. Linse was a very holy priest….never wavered in his ministry…. and, when he was too frail and too hard of hearing to be involved with others, he kept up his Bible Studies.
Some priests ‘die with their boots on’…. whether they are in parish ministry, bedridden and praying for the poor souls in Purgatory or continuing their writing…
All are an inspiration to those of whose are aging ourselves!
Reverend Henry Julius Linse, C.S.S. of the Stigmatine Fathers, Waltham, MA died on January 16, 2015, at Marian Manor, South Boston, MA. He was 95 years old. He was born on September 15, 1919, in Boston, MA. His Father, Francis Xavier, was born in Germany and his Mother, Hirlanda (Hergenhan) was also born in Germany. He had four (4) brothers, now deceased: Joseph, William, Francis and Fr. George Linse, C.S.S. and one (1) sister, Marie Miller, also deceased.
Father Linse entered the Stigmatine Fathers in September 1938. His First Profession as a Stigmatine was on September 9, 1940 and his Final Profession of Vows was on September 9, 1943. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 12, 1948, at Saint Paul’s Church, Wellesley MA by Bishop (later Cardinal) John Wright.
During his years of priestly ministry, Father Linse served in the following assignments: Chaplain at Shirley and Concord State Prisons, Director of the Novitiate, Waterville, N.Y., Teacher in Guam, and as parochial vicar at Mt. Carmel Parish, Springfield, Mt. Carmel Parish, Pittsfield, Mt. Carmel Parish, White Plains, N.Y., All Saints Parish, Manassas, VA, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Woodbridge, VA and as pastor of St. Francis Parish, Lynn, MA. He also served as a lend-lease priest at St. Joseph Parish, Lewiston, Maine and St. Mary’s Parish, Biddeford, Maine.
Father Linse’s Wake will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, MA on Wednesday, January 21 at 9:00 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. He will be buried at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Milford, MA following the Funeral.
The Stigmatine Fathers are very grateful for the wonderful care Father Linse received at Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and all the staff at this facility.
May God rest him.
Father Gregory Hoppough, CSS
Province of the Holy Spouses
National Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Most Rev. Moacyr J. Vitti, CSS, Archbishop of Curitiba, dies in Brazil
There passed away today, victim of a heart attack, the Archbishop of Curitiba, PR (state of Paraná), Most Rev. Moacyr José Vitti, who belonged to the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata, and was Archbishop of Curitiba since 2004.
He was born in Piracicaba, SP (state of São Paulo), on November 30, 1940. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the St. Gaspar Bertoni Institute, in Campinas, SP. He was ordained a Stigmatine Priest in December 1967. He was specialized in Catechism and Doctor in Dogmatic Theology by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, in Rome.
Abp. Vitti was elected bishop in November 1987, and received the Episcopal ordination in January 1988, in Americana, SP. From 1988 to 2002, as Auxiliary Bishop of Curitiba, he was in charge of the border parishes of the city, the pastorals, social assistance, religious teaching and the Academic Pastoral of the South Region of the National Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil. He was Bishop of Piracicaba, SP from 2002 to 2004, when he was transferred back to Curitiba, PR as Archbishop. In 2007 he was elected President of the South Region of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops in Brazil, position that he held until 2011. His Episcopal motto was: “One Single Heart”.
May he rest in peace.
 For his Doctorate, he had as his tutor Father Joseph Henchey, CSS
Rev. James Edward Flanagan, CSSFather James E. Flanagan, C.S.S., 90, of the Stigmatine Fathers, Waltham, MA, died at The Maristhill Nursing Facility, Waltham, MA on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Father Flanagan was born on January 14, 1924, in Norwood, MA. He was the son of Edward J. Flanagan (born in Govern, Scotland) and Grace (Collins), born in Sharon, MA.
He entered the Stigmatine Fathers at Waltham on September 21, 1938. He professed his first vows at Waltham on March 9, 1945. He professed his final vows as a Stigmatine Religious on March 9, 1948, at Wellesley, MA and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, MA on June 3, 1950, by the Bishop (later Cardinal) John Wright.
Father Flanagan served in many apostolates of the Stigmatines: Father Duenas School, Guam; Sacred Heart Church, Feeding Hills, MA; Holy Family Church, Lynn, MA; Sacred Heart Church, Waltham, MA (Pastor); Mount Carmel Church, Pittsfield, MA; St. Anthony Church, Agawam, MA; and All Saints Church, Manassas, VA (Pastor).
He also served the Stigmatine Community as Vicar Provincial and on the Finance Committee.