Rev Richard Francis Allen

Rev Richard Francis Allen

Death 7 Jun 2005 (aged 74)
Burial Belmont, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
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The Reverend Monsignor Richard Francis Allen, a retired priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, died June 7, 2005, in Charlotte. He was 74.

A vigil service was held at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte June 9. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte with Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin and Archbishop Emeritus Francis Hurley of Anchorage, Alaska, at 11 a.m., Friday, June 10, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Viewing will begin at 9 a.m. prior to the Funeral Mass. Burial will be at Belmont Abbey Cemetery. The Sisters of Mercy will host a reception after the burial at Curtin Hall in Belmont.

Monsignor Allen, an avid traveler and licensed pilot, began and ended his 49-year career as a priest traveling and ministering to people in rural areas. Throughout his ministry, he organized and worked in many outreach programs for the youth, needy and disenfranchised.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 28, 1930, he grew up in Plattsburg, N.Y. He received a baccalaureate degree from New York's St. Bonaventure University in 1952 and completed his studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. Bishop Vincent S. Waters, bishop of Raleigh, ordained him to the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, N.C., on May 24, 1956.

Then-Father Allen spent his first year as a priest with the Missionary Fathers Apostolate as an assistant at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton Grove. In 1957, he traveled in a camper to celebrate Mass in rural areas of North Carolina, and served at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh from September 1957 until June 1962. While in Raleigh, he served as a priest moderator of the N.C. Catholic Laymen's Association and as director of the diocesan Catholic Youth Organization. He served as administrator of St. Ann Catholic Church in Springfield 1960-64, spending the summers as director of Our Lady of the Hills Camp near Hendersonville.
He served as a counselor at Notre Dame High School in Greensboro from June 1962 until September 1963, when he became pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Concord. In February 1967, he became diocesan director of Boy Scouts while serving St. James Church.

In June 1968, Bishop Waters made him pastor of St. Patrick Church in Charlotte and vocations director for the Diocese of Raleigh, which at the time still encompassed all of North Carolina. When the Diocese of Charlotte was formed in January 1972, Monsignor Allen became rector of the renamed St. Patrick Cathedral. Bishop Michael J. Begley, first bishop of Charlotte, also named him director of Scouting and vocations director of the new diocese. In October 1976, Pope Paul VI named Father Allen a domestic prelate with the title of Monsignor.

In July 1977, Bishop Begley appointed the Monsignor as pastor of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem and vicar of the Winston-Salem Vicariate. He was re-appointed to the vicariate post in 1979. Monsignor became pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury in July 1982. In August of that year, he was appointed as vicar of the Albemarle Vicariate. He served as state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus from 1985 until 1987. In July 1988, Bishop John F. Donoghue of Charlotte appointed him as pastor of St. Ann Church in Charlotte.

Monsignor Allen retired in June 2000 and, with the blessing of Bishop William G. Curlin of Charlotte, left to become a 'circuit priest' to minister to people in rural Alaska. Living in an apartment in Anchorage, he traveled by private, chartered or commercial planes, boats, cars and snowmobiles to the outlying areas of the state.
While in Alaska, he started a monthly newsletter and worked for a public radio station by screening callers for a weekly talk radio program.

Monsignor Allen is survived by his cousins John and Mary Allen; Mary and Marvin Sochet, Frances Allen, Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, Father Phillip Allen and Catherine McKee; and 21 nieces and nephews.
Harry and Bryant Company is serving the family of Msgr. Richard Allen.

Published in Charlotte Observer from June 9 to June 10, 2005

Above was submitted by contributor #48382183.

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