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Fr. M. Joseph Joaquin, former pastor of Sacred Heart
| January 16, 2013
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Fr. M. Joseph Joaquin, age 80, died on January 14. Born April 29, 1932 in Lawrence, MA, he received his BA from St. John’s University in Queens, NY, an MA from Assumption College in Worchester, MA, and he completed his seminary studies at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell.


A late vocation, he taught for nine years in the Ipswich, MA public school system. Following that he taught for eighteen years with the Xaverian Brothers in Maryland, New York and Massachusetts before responding to a call to the priesthood. Fr. Joaquin was ordained on October 3, 1981, in St. Augustine Cathedral by Bishop Walter W. Curtis.

His first assignment was as parochial vicar in St. Anthony Parish, Bridgeport, after which he served St. Augustine Cathedral and St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull. He was also assistant chaplain at the Maryheart Evangelical Center in Meriden, celebrating weekend Masses at Holy Angels Parish there.

In1991, he became of Sacred Heart Parish, Georgetown where he ministered for over sixteen years. Fr. Joaquin retired in 2008 but, despite poor health, was able to assist parish priests at St. Peter Parish in Danbury, where he resided.

A parish vigil Mass will be celebrated for Fr. Joaquin at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, January 17. Calling hours will be held at Sacred Heart from 3 to 7 pm. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated there at 7:30 pm. Fr. David Leopold, Sacred Heart’s pastor, will be the principal celebrant and deliver the homily. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated the following day, January 18, at 10:30 am in St. Peter Church, Danbury. Fr. Gregg Mecca, pastor of St. Peter’s, will be the celebrant and homilist. Friends and parishioners may pay their respects from 9 am to 10:15 am.

The interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery in Lawrence, MA.