Reverend Robert T. Goodwin Called to His Rest
On May 15, 2017, the Reverend Robert T. Goodwin was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 90 years old.
Father Goodwin was born on May 15, 1927 in Haverhill, Massachusetts and was ordained a priest on June 15, 1957 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Goodwin studied at Boston University, Boston, MA, then completed his ecclesiastical studies at The Seminary of Philosophy and Grand Seminary in Montreal, P.Q., Canada.
Father Goodwin first served as temporary associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord and then as associate pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Auburn while serving as a teacher at Bishop Bradley High School. Fr. Goodwin also served Saint Patrick Parish, Manchester; Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish, Manchester; Saint Lawrence Parish, Goffstown; Immaculate Conception Parish, Penacook; Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord; Saint Peter Parish, Concord. In addition Fr. Goodwin was on the faculty at Bishop Brady High School.
Father Goodwin served as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in New London until he was assigned to teach at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Dover while serving as associate pastor of Saint James Parish, Portsmouth. He retired permanently from ministry in June of 1995.
On Sunday, May 21, 2107, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 724 Main Street, New London, N.H. at 4:30 p.m. Father Goodwin will lie in repose in the church until 7:00 p.m., concluding with Mass of the High Priest. On Monday, May 22, 2017, Father Goodwin will lie in repose at Our Lady of Fatima Church from 9:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m. The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Fatima Church at 10:00a.m. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated at Holy Angels Cemetery in Westville, New Hampshire at a later date. The Chadwick Funeral Home at 235 Main Street, in New London, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.
With faith and hope in eternal life, let us commend our brother to the love and mercy of God and assist him with our prayers. The statutes of the Diocese of Manchester request that we offer three Masses for the repose of his soul. If you would like to send a sympathy card or note to the family, please send it to the following address: Dr. Thomas J. Goodwin, PO Box 58094, Houston, TX 77258.