|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1921|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 2012|
Monsignor Eugene J. Fowler (1921 - 2012), Former Pastor of the Church of Saint Catherine Laboure, Lake Katrine, passed away at the age of 91, on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Born on December 14, 1921 in Manhattan, New York, Monsignor first realized his vocation for the priesthood by serving Mass for the Pastor, Msgr. Michael Reilly. He attended Cathedral College in Manhattan and St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New York in 1948.
A career of parish assignments followed in Manhattan (St. Catherine of Genoa and Our Lady of Victory), The Bronx (SS. Peter and Paul, Christ the King, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Mary's), Westchester (SS. Peter and Paul, Mount Vernon [1965-1979]; St. Anthony's, Yonkers), and Ulster County (St. Catherine Laboure, Lake Katrine). He was Pastor of St. Catherine Laboure from 1979 to 1996, when he retired.
In all parishes, he worked with the local youth, using baseball, football, basketball and boxing to channel children into a positive direction for their lives.
While assigned to SS. Peter & Paul, Monsignor saw his beloved Bronx in a state of decline and he worked diligently with the Model Cities Program of the Federal Government and local merchants to keep jobs and middle class housing in the South Bronx. This work culminated in his elevation to Monsignor in 1965, by Cardinal Francis Spellman.
Monsignor then transferred to Sts. Peter & Paul in Mount Vernon. He continued his work with youths and urban development but took on a new role as Catholic Chaplain of the Mount Vernon Police Department.
He worked in community revitalization and Model Cities programs in Mount Vernon and the Bronx; sponsored the August P. Petrillo Apartments for Senior Citizens in Mount Vernon; and conducted the Msgr. Fowler Yankee Day Camp at Mount Vernon High School. He also served as Mount Vernon Human Rights Commissioner and was a chaplain of the Mount Vernon Police Department. In the Bronx he worked with government and local business leaders to keep jobs and middle class housing there. He also engaged local youth in sports programs to focus their lives in a positive direction.
In The Word This Week column for Catholic New York, Msgr. Fowler wrote, "All Christians are called to serve our neighbors. God's call always involves renunciation of self and much self-denial because his call must come first, and all our hopes must be in him, rather than ourselves and our own achievements."
In 1979, Monsignor accepted his last official assignment as a priest, serving as pastor of St. Catherine Laboure in Lake Katrine. Monsignor retired in 1996.
Monsignor Fowler resided in housing provided by St. Joseph's Novitiate in Greene County. His last known residence was at an assisted care living facility, the Ferncliff Nursing Home, Rhinebeck, New York.
A funeral Mass was offered on October 16 at the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Gate of Heaven Cemetery 10 West Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, New York. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford was the celebrant and homilist. Burial followed at the named Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
New York, USA
Plot: Section 3, Plot 15, Grave 20.
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Mar 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107425902
Rest In Peace, Monsignor Fowler!|
Added: Mar. 28, 2013