Rev. Patrick F. Irwin Called to His Rest
On May 19, 2017, the Reverend Patrick F. Irwin was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 81 years old.
Father Irwin was born on July 16, 1935 in Cork, Ireland and was ordained a priest on May 7, 1959 by the Most Reverend Archbishop M. Luire C. Donegal, at the Capuchin Friary in Letterkenney, Ireland. Father Irwin studied at the University College in Cork, Ireland and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland.
Father Irwin was first assigned as temporary associate pastor of Saint Agnes Parish in Ashland and then as associate pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Littleton; Saint Joseph Parish, Dover; Saint Catherine Parish, Manchester and then an as temporary administrator of Saint Catherine Parish. Father Irwin served as Chaplain at Mt. St. Mary College in Hooksett while also serving first as Assistant Coordinator of the Concord Deanery Christian Life Center and then as Director of the Christian Life Center. During this time he assisted at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Concord while residing at the college.
Father Irwin served as pastor of Saint Matthew Parish, Plymouth; Saint Kathryn Parish, Hudson; Saint Thomas More Parish, Durham and Saint Cecilia Parish in Wolfeboro where he served faithfully until his retirement in June, 1999.
On Friday, May 26, 2017, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at Saint Mary’s Church, 25 Third Street, Dover, NH. Father Irwin will lie in repose in the church from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00p.m. with Reverend Agapit H. Jean, Jr. of Dover, presiding. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated after the Mass at Saint Mary Cemetery, 43 Dover Point Road, Dover, New Hampshire. The Grover Tasker Funeral Home of Dover, 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.