Emilio Moure, 54
The Knights of Columbus mourns the loss of Supreme Secretary Emilio B. Moure, who passed away at his Connecticut home on July 23 after a battle with cancer. He was 54 years old and served as Supreme Secretary until his death. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Knights’ Supreme Chaplain, Bishop William E. Lori, on July 26, at St. Mary’s
Church in New Haven. Bishop Lori also delivered the homily. “Emilio was a man of prayer, a man of the Eucharist and a man who took his interior life seriously,” Bishop Lori said of Moure, whom he praised as a man who combined great business expertise with a “deep understanding of the spirit and mission of the Order.”
Moure joined the Knights in January 1985, and began working at the Supreme Council headquarters in 2007 as executive vice president for business process management. In that position, he oversaw the updating and modernizing of business practices at the Supreme Council. In October 2009, he was appointed Supreme Treasurer, and then in September 2010 was named Supreme Secretary. Born in Havana, Cuba, Moure came to the United States at the age of 11. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Long Beach and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of La Verne. He enjoyed a successful 23-year career with the Emerson Electric Co. Moure was invested in 2001 to the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. In 2005, he was presented with the Pilgrim Shell by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and in 2008 he received the rank of Knight Commander with Star from John Patrick Cardinal Foley. He was the Supreme Council’s liaison to the Order’s councils in Cuba, and helped revitalize the Knights of Columbus there in time for the centennial of Columbianism in Cuba in 2009. He was instrumental in the Supreme Council’s support for the construction of San Carlos y San Ambrosio Seminary, the first new seminary to open in Cuba in half a century. Moure is survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebeca, their children and grandchilddren.
Joseph H. Miller, 73 President of Order of Malta
Joseph H. Miller of New Canaan, insurance executive, Order of Malta president and a great friend of the Diocese of Bridgeport, died peacefully at his New Canaan home on July 20 after a short illness. He was 73 years old.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 28 at St. Aloysius Church, in New Canaan. Bishop William E. Lori celebrated the Mass with Archbishop Timothy J. Dolan of New York.
Bishop Lori described Miller as a family man, a great friend and a natural leader graced with a “strong and vibrant faith, which was the foundation for everything in his life.” Referring to his commitment to charity, Bishop Lori said, “He practiced what Pope John Paul II called ‘a charity that evangelizes.’ He understood that we defend and promote the faith by living it.”
Miller spent his professional life in the insurance and investments industries. In 1992, he and his son, Joel, founded the New Canaan Group, a financial planning firm specializing in wealth management and insurance planning services.
Miller became a member of The American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1993. He was elected president in 2009. The Order has a world-wide membership and serves the sick and the poor in hospitals and aids disaster victims around the world. He led the Order of Malta until his death. Miller was a part of 19 pilgrimages to Lourdes, France.
Miller was a founding member of the Inner-City Foundation for Charity and Education for the Bridgeport Diocese which raises nearly $4 million per year to support non-sectarian charities and Catholic schools in the Bridgeport Diocese. He recently served as secretary of the board and chairman of the education committee. For the past 10 years, he served as a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors and instrumental in the development of Malta House in Norwalk, a home for single, homeless, pregnant women.
Miller was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 25, 1938, and spent his young life there. He attended Siena College in Loudonville, NY, on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1960. He remained an active alumnus and received the Professor Egon Plager Award in 2010 for accomplishments in advancing the welfare of human beings.
In addition to his wife of 48 years, Barbara, he is survived by their children and grandchildren.
Fr. Paul Lalic, 86
TRUMBULL – Fr. Paul B. Lalic died peacefully at home on July 24. He was 86 years old, and had celebrated the 50th jubilee of his priesthood in 2008.
A gentle, reflective man, Fr. Lalic was known for the clarity of his thought and, most especially, for the beauty of his poetry. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he produced a work, Walking in Beauty, portraying lyrically and in pictures how the nation responded to the attack. The entries convey his wonder and pride at the beauty of the American soul amidst the ugliness of evil.
Fr. Lalic was born on June 26, 1925 in Pampanga in the Philippines. He attended Pampanga Institute and Sacred Heart College there. Fr. Lalic pursued seminary studies at Berchmans College (Philippines) and Woodstock College in Maryland.
Entering the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order) he was ordained on June 21, 1958 at Fordham University by Francis Cardinal Spellman. As a member of Jesuits, Fr. Lalic was assigned as spiritual director and to teaching positions in colleges and college preparatory schools in the Philippines.
In 1972, he came to serve in the United States as an associate chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital, residing at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Trumbull. Fr. Lalic became a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1976. He served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Brookfield, from 1986-92, when he became administrator of St. Catherine of Siena. He later ministered at St. Camillus Health Center, Stamford, while residing at St. Mary Parish there.
Retiring in 1998, Fr. Lalic resided at Villa Maria Retreat House in Stamford, where he served as chaplain to the Bernardine Sisters until ill health prevented active ministry. He lived at St. Joseph Manor in Trumbull for a time and, most recently, at the home of close friends, Jean and George Jarusinsky, who cared for him in his final days.
Bishop William E. Lori will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Lalic on July 29 at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Burial will follow at the Priests’ Circle in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Trumbull.
FR. GERALD T. DEVORE
BRIDGEPORT—Fr. Gerald T. Devore, 74, died peacefully of pneumonia surrounded by friends and family at St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Sunday January 9.
He was known to generations of area families as a teacher, spiritual director and pastor. He retired in November 2007, though he continued to help out by saying Mass in many local parishes.
Fr. Devore was born October 3, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey. His family then moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Fr. Devore grew up and attended St. Charles School. He graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1954. He attended St Thomas Seminary College in Bloomfield Connecticut and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York, where he earned his Philosophy and Theology degrees.
He was ordained on May 26, 1962 at St. Augustine Cathedral by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis, second Bishop of Bridgeport.
In June 1962, he served as a curate at St Patrick Parish in Bridgeport. From 1963 to 1966, he served as a faculty member of Notre Dame Girls High School, where he taught Religion. In 1966, he was appointed Spiritual Director and faculty member of St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, a post he held until June 1978. During that time he also served as Chaplain of the Newman Community at the University of Bridgeport.
Fr. Devore was born October 3, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey. His family then moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut where Fr. Devore attended St. Charles School and Fairfield Prep, where he graduated in 1954. He attended St Thomas Seminary College in Bloomfield Connecticut and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, New York, where he earned his Philosophy and Theology degrees.
During his priesthood, Fr. Devore also served as St. Margaret Mary Parish in Shelton and at Most Precious Blood Parish, now Christ the King Parish, in Trumbull. He also carried out sabbatical studies at the Vatican II Institute for Clergy Formation and the Notre Dame University Institute for Clergy Education.
He was named pastor of St. Maurice Parish in Stamford in 1985 and served there until 2002. In 2003, he was appointed to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston, where he served until his retirement in 2007.
He is survived by family members including his brother, Fr. Daniel Devore, a retired priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Fr. Devore on Friday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Bridgeport. Arrangements are being handled by The Larson Funeral Homes, 2496 North Avenue in Bridgeport.
FR. RICHARD J. MONAHAN
FR. RICHARD J. MONAHAN died on September 9, 2010 in Milford Hospital after a long illness. He was 81 years old.
Fr. Monahan was born on August 13, 1929 in Philadelphia, PA. He attended Catholic elementary schools and graduated first in his class at Northeast Catholic High School. He attended the University of Niagara in New York, and completed his priestly formation at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD.
“I think he was first in his class in every school he was in,” says long time friend Fr. Peter DeMarco, who was a year behind Fr. Monahan in seminary. “He never talked about those things; he was reserved and quiet about that. He was a humble man.”
Fr. Monahan was ordained on May 23, 1959, at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, by Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport. He also served as parochial vicar at Assumption Parish in Westport; St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield; St. Mary Parish in Bethel; and St. Theresa Parish in Trumbull. In 1976, he was appointed pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull, where he served until his retirement in 1991.
Fr. DeMarco’s friendship with him grew over the years. “He was a quiet person, but he had some very close friends,” he says. “He made a special effort to come to my 50th Jubilee Mass this spring, even though he was ill, and he stayed as long as he could. He was a strong-willed person.”
He adds that Fr. Monahan was deeply devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “He was buried on the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. He would have been very pleased at that.”
On September 14, Fr. Monahan’s body was received at St. Catherine of Siena Church. A parish Vigil Mass of Christ the High Priest was celebrated that evening by Msgr. Richard J. Shea, St. Catherine’s current pastor, with Msgr. Louis A. DeProfio, P.A., delivering the homily. Bishop William E. Lori celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine’s on September 15; Fr. DeMarco was the homilist. Burial followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull.
MSGR. PIERRE A. BOTTON
MSGR. PIERRE A. BOTTON, a longtime resident of Ridgefield, and a former Pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Noroton, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford.
MSGR. PIERRE A. BOTTON, a longtime resident of Ridgefield, and a former Pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Noroton, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010 at Rosenthal Hospice in Stamford. Born in 1929 in Lyon, France, he was the son of the late Marie Duvernay and Joseph Botton. He was 80 years of age. Msgr. Botton was ordained on June 2, 1956 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Ridgefield. He taught for seven years at St. Mary's Boys High School in Greenwich. He was Pastor at St. John Roman Cathloic Church in Noroton from 1972 to 1990 and St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Westport from 1990 to 1997. He was retired Priest in Residence at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Norwalk from 1997 to 2006. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Madeleine and Loretto Buzzeo of Stamford; one nephew, Joseph Buzzeo of Trumbull; one niece, Theresa Broughton of Stamford; and a grand niece and two grand nephews. The family will receive friends at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Noroton on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the Parish Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 1986 Post Road, Noroton on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Ridgefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Noroton Fire Department, 1873 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com
MSGR. LAWRENCE J. MCMAHON
Msgr. Lawrence J. McMahon, retired pastor of Saint Mark’s Parish in Stratford, passed away on December 15, 2009 at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He was 82 years old.
Remembered as an affable, devout priest with a gifted singing voice and an easy manner with people, Msgr. McMahon was recalled fondly by many parishioners as a real life version of Fr. O'Malley in the noted film, "Going My Way." He was known for his singing in many parish productions and fund raisers.
Born in Bridgeport On May 19, 1927, Msgr. McMahon was a member of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish, where he attended school, sang in the choir and served as an altar boy.
He later attended Harding High School and graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1945.
Msgr. McMahon entered Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1947, and moved on to Saint Mary’s in Baltimore in 1949. He was ordained in Saint Augustine Cathedral in 1955 by Bishop Lawrence J. Shehan, first bishop of Bridgeport.
Msgr. McMahon’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of Saint Theresa Parish in Trumbull, where he served for eight years. In 1963, he was appointed spiritual director of Saint Joseph High School with residence at Saint Joseph Parish in Shelton, and in 1967 added an assignment as diocesan director of the Family Life Bureau.
During his priesthood, he also served as advocate on the Diocesan Tribunal, vicar for Vicariate IV of the diocese and chaplain at St. Vincent’s.
In 1969, Msgr. McMahon became pastor of Saint Mark’s Parish. During his lengthy tenure as pastor, Msgr. McMahon led several building campaigns that brought the church up to date liturgically in the 1980s ; saw the establishment of a multi-purpose parish center in the 90s and built the commanding bell tower that is now proclaims Saint’ Mark’s in its Stratford neighborhood.
He is also fondly remembered by Saint Mark’s parishioners for his participation in the 25 musicals and 20 cabarets the parish started over the years. Msgr. McMahon was featured in various roles, playing everything from the Wizard of Oz to an Episcopal clergyman in parish productions. “People get to know you in a different light. It makes them less hesitant to come to you with their problems,” he said of his roles.
On August 3, 1991, he was elevated to Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II.
Msgr. McMahon retired as pastor of Saint Mark’s in 2003 and moved to the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Residence in Stamford, where he continued to help out in parishes throughout the diocese.
After his retirement he moved to the Queen of Clergy Residence in Stamford and continued to help out in parishes and the family of faith in Fairfield County.
On December 20, Msgr. McMahon’s body will be received at Saint Mark Church at 2 p.m., and parish Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Msgr Larry Carroll, pastor of Saint Pius X Parish in Fairfield will be the principal celebrant; Father Michael Lyons, parochial vicar of Notre Dame Parish in Easton, will deliver the homily. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mark’s on December 21 at 11 a.m. Bishop William E. Lori will be the celebrant; Msgr Carroll will give the homily.
FATHER ALFRED E. RUSSO
Father Alfred E. Russo died in Stamford Hospital on December 13, 2009 after a long illness. He was 80 years old.
A social, gregarious man, Father Russo made friends wherever he was assigned, and kept those friends throughout his life. In his last assignment of over a dozen years, Father Russo was resident chaplain at Saint Joseph’s Manor in Trumbull. At the Manor, he was beloved not only for his warm smile and kindness, but for his readiness to kid around with patients after Mass or during pastoral visits.
He was born and raised in New Britain, the last of six children, and received his sacraments at Saint Ann Parish there. After graduation from New Britain High School he began his studies for the priesthood at the School of Saint Philip Neri in Boston, MA. He interrupted his studies to serve in the United States Army as a corporal from 1951-53. Because of his background, he served as chaplain’s assistant in the military.
Returning home, he entered Our Lady of Mercy Seminary in Lenox, MA, and completed his theological studies at our Lady of Angels Seminary in Albany, NY. He was ordained by Bishop Walter W. Curtis in Saint Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport on May 26, 1962. His first appointment was as parochial vicar of Saint Joseph Parish in Danbury. Father Russo held that appointment while teaching religion on the faculty of Immaculate High School in Danbury from 1962-63.
He later served at Saint Philip Parish in Norwalk, Sacred Heart Parish in Greenwich, and Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Danbury. During this time he was named priest-advisor to the Juvenile Court in Danbury. He was a member of the Priest’s Council from 1978-80, and became Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus chapter in South Norwalk in 1988.
In 1989, Father Russo was named temporary administrator of Saint Roch Parish in Greenwich. Following that appointment, he served at Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown, Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford, and Saint Mary Parish in Ridgefield. A highlight of Father Russo's life was meeting Pope John Paul II in 1981.
Throughout his priesthood Father Russo continued his studies, receiving a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and pursuing a doctoral degree at Saint Mary Seminary University in Baltimore, MD.
In 1995, Father Russo became resident chaplain at Saint Joseph’s Manor. He retired to the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of Clergy Residence in 2007.
Father Russo will be received into Saint Bridget of Ireland Parish in Stamford, next door to the Queen of Clergy Residence, at 5 p.m. on December 18. A parish Mass will be celebrated at Saint Bridget by Bishop William E. Lori that evening at 7 p.m. Bishop Lori will also deliver the homily.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Father Russo at Saint Ann's in New Britain, his home parish, on the following morning at 11:30 a.m. Msgr. Kevin Royal, vicar of clergy personnel, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in the Garden Mausoleum at Saint Mary Cemetery, New Britain.