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Rev Christopher Balas

Rev Christopher Balas

Birth
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Death 28 Apr 2012 (aged 81)
Seaside Park, Ocean County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Friar's Plot
Memorial ID 89287437 · View Source
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Conventual Franciscan priest

Fr. Christopher Balas, OFM Conv., died peacefully at St. Catharine's Friary in Seaside Park, N.J., on April 28, 2012, after a long illness. A wake will be held at St. Catharine Church, 50 E. St., Seaside Park, on Wednesday, May 2, from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Friars' plot in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Trenton, N.J. The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 809 Central Ave, Seaside Park, is in charge of the arrangements. Born in Trenton, N.J., Fr. Christopher was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Powers Balas. He was professed as a Conventual Franciscan Friar on Sept. 16, 1951, in Middleburg, N.Y. He was solemnly professed on Sept. 17, 1954 in Rensselaer, N.Y., and was ordained to the priesthood on Nov. 30, 1957, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, N.Y. In 1955, Fr. Christopher volunteered for the Brazilian missions, where he completed his theological studies. After ordination, he returned to Brazil and served at several different apostolates for more than 25 years. Upon his return to the United States, he served in Wilmington, N.C.; St. Augustine, Fla.; Trenton, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., and was chaplain for the Sisters of Mercy, North Plainfield, N.J. At the time of his death, he was in residence at St. Catharine Friary, Seaside Park. He is survived by his sister, Sister Ruth Ann Balas, RSM, of Plainfield, N.J. He was the brother of the late John Michael Balas. Donations to the Conventual Franciscan Friars' Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 629, Rensselaer, N.Y. 12144 in memory of Fr. Christopher would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent by visiting ryanfuneralhome.com.

Published in Star-Ledger on April 29, 2012


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  • Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 29 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89287437
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Christopher Balas (6 May 1930–28 Apr 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89287437, citing Our Lady Of Lourdes Cemetery, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46479851) .