Rev John Gerard Parish

Rev John Gerard Parish

Birth
Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Jul 2007 (aged 49)
Wake Forest, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Lebanon Township, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 20638725 · View Source
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The Reverend John Gerard Parish, 49, died unexpectedly Monday at his residence in Wake Forest, NC. John was born July 1, 1958 in Waukegan, IL to Harold A. and the late Anna K. Merkwan Parish.

He was raised in Oxnard, CA and graduated from Oxnard High School. John was active in scouting, becoming an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. A 1980 graduate of St. John's Seminary College, Camarillo, CA, John also received a theology degree from St. John's Seminary Theologate in 1984. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood, June 16, 1984 under Timothy Cardinal Manning in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Father John began his ministry as Assoc. Pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church, Simi Valley, CA from 1984-88. He was granted a transfer request to the Diocese of Raleigh in 1988 and assigned parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Church, Durham. In 1990 he became parochial vicar of St. Raphael Church in Raleigh, then appointed administrator of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Durham in 1998, where he served until transfer in 2006 to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest as its pastor.

A true extrovert who radiated constant enthusiasm, Fr. John was full of life and had boundless energy. He embodied joy, combining it with laughter, which resulted in remarkable rapport with his parishioners and particularly the young people. He took seriously the Church's mission of hospitality, welcoming all people without conditions. Fr. John was theologically and biblically grounded, while maintaining an open heart and mind. He was attentive to the "spirit of the law" more than "the letter." Fr. John exemplified the words of St. Francis of Assisi, "Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary."

John Parish was devoted to not only the Church, his family, friends and brother priests but also to his beloved "Just Us Gang." He will especially be remembered for his fanatical affection for Disney and Mickey Mouse.

Surviving are his sisters, Michelle Parish and her partner, Renee Bitner of Columbia, MD, and Mary Parish of Pleasant Hill CA; his father, Harold A. Parish of Oxnard, CA; and his nephew and nieces, Matthew, Kiley and Logan Bitner-Parish.

He was predeceased by his mother, Anna K. Parish in 2006.


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  • Created by: RTerry
  • Added: 25 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20638725
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Gerard Parish (1 Jul 1958–23 Jul 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20638725, citing Saint Matthews Catholic Church Cemetery, Lebanon Township, Durham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by RTerry (contributor 46537864) .