Rev Joseph John Waters

Rev Joseph John Waters

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Death 18 Feb 2015 (aged 88–89)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Julian, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 143039991 · View Source
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Reverend Joseph John Waters, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, died on 18 February 2015.
Father Joseph John Waters devoted much of his long ministry as a priest to serving Spanish-speaking Catholics in Central America, South America, and North Carolina. He served for 13 years as a missionary in Mexico and Peru, was Director of the Hispanic Catholic Center in Charlotte, and served as Director of Migrant Ministry for the Diocese of Charlotte.
Father Waters was born 22 May 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania and spent most of his childhood in Arlington, New York and Westfield, New Jersey. His father’s job transfer brought the family to North Carolina in 1946 about the time the future priest began his studies at Saint Charles College, Catonsville, Maryland. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint John Seminary, Little Rock, Arkansas and was ordained priest by the late Bishop Vincent S. Waters, Bishop of Raleigh, on 24 May 1956 in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Durham.
After one year with the Missionary Father Apostolate at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Newton Grove, Father Waters become an assistant at Saint Anne, Edenton with summer service in the Apostolate’s outdoor missions. From March 1959 until February 1962, he served as Administrator of the missions at Plymouth, Williamston, and Columbia. He spent the next four years as Pastor of Saint Therese Parish, Mooresville.
In July 1966, Bishop Waters sent Father Waters to Mexico City where he served for eight years at a mission operated by the Diocese of Raleigh. Upon his return to North Carolina in 1974, Father Waters became a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte which had been established while he was in Mexico.
After two months as Administrator of Saint Charles Borromeo, Morganton, Father Waters took up residence at Our Lady of the Assumption, Charlotte, and became Director of the Hispanic Catholic Center, a post he held until September 1977. Father Waters also worked with Catholic Social Services to establish Natural Family Planning Centers around the Diocese before becoming Pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Charlotte in May 1975.
Father Waters was to have become Rector of Saint Patrick Cathedral, Charlotte in September 1977, but was loaned to the Society of Saint James for service as a missionary in Peru. He returned from Peru in September 1982. After a three-month sabbatical leave for study at Saint Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, California, Father Waters become pastor of Saint Philip the Apostle Church, Statesville, and Director of Migrant Ministry in January 1983 with residence at Holy Trinity Mission, Taylorsville with responsibility for operating the mission church; in March 1985, he assumed additional duties as a member of the Diocesan Seminarian Formation Committee.
At his request, Father Water’s retired in June 2001 but continued to serve the people of the Diocese of Charlotte, especially the Spanish-speaking members of the community.
Father Waters is survived by two brothers; Albert Waters and wife Shirley of Greensboro, Robert “Bob” Waters and wife Donna of Aiken, SC and a sister Rosemary Waters Pagura and husband Frank of Elk Grove, IL. And numerous nieces and nephews.
A prayer vigil will be celebrated from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Sunday, 22 February 2015, at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, Boonville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, 23 February 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, High Point, with Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, JCD, Bishop of Charlotte, presiding; a viewing will be held for one hour before Mass. Father Waters will be buried near his parents at 2:30 pm in Gilmore Memorial Park, Julian, North Carolina.

CUMBY FUNERAL HOME--25 FEBRUARY 2015


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  • Created by: Polly Fry Hagerman
  • Added: 25 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 143039991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Joseph John Waters (1926–18 Feb 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 143039991, citing Dr. Clyde M. Gilmore Memorial Park, Julian, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Polly Fry Hagerman (contributor 47161889) .