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Father John J. Feeney

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend John Joseph Feeney, 90, who died Wednesday,February 21, 2018.  He had been living at Beaumont in Northbridge (a rehabilitation center in Northbridge, MA), near his niece, Anne Vanhaaren, who was overseeing his care.

John, the son of Daniel E. and Catherine Feeney, was born in Portland on August 6, 1927.  He attended St. Dominic’s Grammar School and Cheverus High School, both in Portland.  After completing two years of classical studies at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT, he entered St. Paul’s Seminary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he completed his clerical studies in philosophy and theology.  He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland by the Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, D.D., Seventh Bishop of Portland, on June 12, 1954.

During his years of full-time priestly ministry, Fr. Feeney served in the following assignments:

  • St. Joseph Parish, Portland (Summer 1954), Parochial Vicar
  • St. Patrick Parish, Lewiston (Fall 1954-1969), Parochial Vicar
  • Our Lady of Ransom Parish, Mechanic Falls (1969-1971), Pastor
    •  Added responsibility as the Director of Diocesan Family Life (1970-1974)
  • St. Mary Parish, Bangor (1971-1978), Pastor
  • St. Patrick Parish, Portland (1978-1985), Pastor
    • Added responsibility as Associate Director of Office of Vocations (2 terms spanning from 1985-1991)
  • St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth (1988-1997), Pastor

In addition, Fr. Feeney served the diocese in the following capacities:

  • Chaplain to:  Stella Maris Circle of the Daughters of Isabella, Lewiston; Catholic Nurses Association, Lewiston; First Friday Associates, Portland; Ancient Order of Hibernians, Portland; Greater Portland Council of Catholic Men; Knights of Columbus of St. Bartholomew Parish, Cape Elizabeth; Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Fr. Sebastian Rasle Assembly, South Portland;
  • Confessor to:  Sisters of Mercy Convent, Lewiston
  • Priest-Consultant to:  Child & Family Mental Health Services Agency, Lewiston
  • Member of the following diocesan advisory bodies:  Diocesan Office of Family Life Ministry; Diocesan Pastoral Council (1981-1984); Council of Priests; Diocesan Board of Education (1987-1990); and Priests’ Personnel Board (1987-1990)
  • Vicar Forane:  Southern Cumberland Deanery (beginning in 1981, with a reappointment from 1982-1985)

After he relinquished the administrative responsibilities associated with being a pastor, Fr. Feeney continued to exercise priestly ministry in many parishes, especially in the greater Portland area.  He also led parish missions, did retreats for people in recovery, and offered spiritual direction.

Fr. Feeney was once described as “a gentleman with nice manners … with dignity in bearing and speech … broad minded … and being pious, humble and zealous.”  At the time of Fr. Feeney’s retirement, Bishop Joseph wrote to him and recapped his many ministries and contributions to the life and faith of the Catholic Church in Maine.  He also recalled that Fr. Feeney “played an important role in a project aimed at bringing peace to Ireland by bringing Catholic and Protestant Irish children to this country for visits so they could experience peace and toleration.”

Funeral Arrangements – The family of Fr. Feeney has announced the following funeral arrangements:

  • Reception of the Body & Wake:  Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:00 PM at St. Bartholomew Parish, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth, followed by viewing until 6:00 PM
  • Mass of Christian Burial:  Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 10:00 AM at St. Bartholomew Parish, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth
  • Committal Prayers & Burial:  Immediately following the funeral Mass at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway, South Portland

Please pray also for the consolation of Fr. Feeney’s family and friends. And may Fr. Feeney’s soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace

Sister M. Stella Maris Ware, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister M. Stella Maris Ware, RSM, 94 (formerly Genevieve Constance) who was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Frances Warde Convent, Portland.  Sister Stella Maris had celebrated her 75th jubilee in 2017.

Sister Stella Maris was born in Fairfield in 1923 and was a graduate of Lawrence High School.  She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Fairfield.  Sister studied at Our Lady of Mercy College in Portland, the forerunner of St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.

Sister Stella Maris spent most of her years as a teacher. She taught at St. Edward School in Bar Harbor, St. Mary School in Orono, St. Athanasius School in Rumford, St. Joseph School in Portland, St. Joseph School in Lewiston, Cathedral School in Portland, St. Mary School in Bath, and Sacred Heart School in Portland. She also taught at the Pleasant Point Reservation and had a deep fondness for the children there.

In 1982, Sister Stella Maris retired from teaching and became an assistant in the Motherhouse Infirmary, where she ministered to sisters who were ill.

Sister Stella Maris is survived by a brother, Louis Ware, and his wife, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

•    Wake/Visitation:  Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Walker Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland, ME
•    Mass of Christian Burial:  Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland
•    Burial/Committal:  Immediately following Mass at New Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland

To view/read an obituary with more information, please click here.

Please pray also for the consolation of her immediate and extended family, as well as her Sisters in religious community.

Father Donald Jacques

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Donald William Jacques, 90, who died Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Donald was born in Milford, NH, on February 9, 1927, the son of Leon J. and Vera B. (Stoddard) Jacques.  After graduating from Milford public schools, he attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.  He then completed his studies in philosophy and theology at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.  He was ordained to the priesthood, for the Diocese of Portland, by Cardinal R.J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on September 29, 1953.

During his years of full-time, active ministry, Father Jacques served in the following assignments:

  • St. Mary Parish, Bangor – Parochial Vicar (October 1953-September 1964)
  • St. Patrick  Parish, Portland – Parochial Vicar (September 1964-March 1967)
  • Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Portland (March 1967-1969), then added St. Teresa Parish, Brewer – Temporary Administrator (January-June 1969)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Bucksport – Pastor (June 1969-October 1972)
  • St. Joseph Parish, Gardiner – Pastor (October 1972-June 1982)
  • St. Raphael Parish, Kittery – Pastor (June 1982-January 1993), which included Portsmouth Navy Shipyard Catholic Chaplain
  • St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Brunswick – Pastor (January 1993-June 1997, at which time he retired from full-time ministry)

Fr. Jacques remained active in pastoral ministry in southern Maine, in the dioceses of Manchester, NH, and Venice, FL, and as a chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea of the USA.

In addition to the above pastoral duties, Father Jacques also served the Diocese of Portland in the following capacities:

  • Spiritual Director – Legion of Mary, Bangor
  • Director – Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for the St. Bernard Deanery, Gr. Bangor Area
  • Chief Coordinator – Altar Boys’ Convocations for the Diocese
  • Confessor – Various Communities of Religious Sisters
  • Moderator – Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
  • Chaplain – Knights of Columbus Canabas Council #1299, Gardiner
  • Faithful Friar – Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #1431, Brunswick
  • Chaplain – Diocesan Human Relations Services, Region III (Waterville) and Region VI (Saco)
  • Priests Personnel Board
  • Priests Senate – Southern Kennebec Deanery
  • Vicar Forane – Southern York Deanery (1983-1993)
  • Vicar Forane – Sagadahoc-Lincoln Deanery (1993-1997)

Early on in his formation, it was said that “[Donald] is earnest and sincere, and his character is solid and reliable.”  During his years of ministry, it was noted that he had “a remarkable gift for addressing and delivering timely homilies and expounding upon issues relevant to all—young, middle-aged and old.”  In 1997, on the occasion of his retirement, Bishop Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B. wrote to Fr. Jacques and stated:  “Throughout your ministry, you have had a reputation for hospitality and warmth, for your love of the liturgy and the attention you gave to creating a fitting environment for worship.  I know from personal observation of your great generosity and compassion…”

Please pray also for the consolation of his sister, Jeanne Jacques, and of his extended family and friends.

mily, Peter began his lifetime of service with his membership in the Waterville Lion's Club, which continued for 50 years and included the District's Lions President Award in 1964 as well as numerous awards for dedicated service, and as a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus which continued for 58 years.
Peter was an active member and past-president of the Greater Waterville Interfaith Council for 20 years. He served as coordinator of Interfaith Clergy which became the Interfaith Council. He was one of the four founding fathers of the Interfaith Homeless Shelter in Waterville, now known as the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. - See more at:

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