Rev Fr Richard Joseph Walsh

Rev Fr Richard Joseph Walsh

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 21 Mar 2003 (aged 84)
Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida, USA
Burial Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 95544201 · View Source
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Father Richard Walsh, CSP, was born in New York City May 12, 1918, and raised with his two sisters in the parish of Saint Paul the Apostle. After graduation from Xavier High School, a semester at Fordham University, and one year at the Paulist minor seminary in Baltimore, he completed his novitiate in 1938. He was ordained a Catholic priest on January 25, 1944, a member of the "Peerless class" that included Fathers Ralph Carpenter, Emery Prenovost, Pat Burke, John Bradley, Bill Manning, Joe Flynn, Richard Walsh, Frank Ryan, and Dick Payne. A year after ordination, Father Richard received the M.A. in American History from Catholic University with the thesis "Fr. Hecker and the Catholic Press."

Following a brief assignment at Good Shepherd parish in New York, Father Walsh spent five years at Newman Hall in Berkeley, California. He then served on the mission bands based in Detroit and New York until he was assigned with Father John Keating, CSP, in 1956 to establish a Paulist ministry at Ohio State University in Columbus. In 1962, he was appointed novice master at Oak Ridge and in 1964 was elected a general consultor in the administration of Superior General Fr. John Fitzgerald, CSP.

In 1970, Father Walsh assumed the pastorate of St. Lawrence Parish in Minneapolis that he held for eight years. He then resumed the mission apostolate in New York and remained active, even after receiving senior ministry status in 1995.

Father Michael Hunt, CSP, in his eulogy for Father Walsh at his funeral noted. "I had the joy of living with Richard for over 10 years. Like many here today, I loved the verbal jousting; the wonderful arcane facts about New York City that he discovered; the stories about Paulists, like Frank Ryan and John Fitzgerald, with whom he now rejoices; the kindness he always displayed even when sometimes provoked by one of us; the books, the movies, the television shows, The New York Times; and his ironic delight in all our frailties and blunders. He leaves us now his legacy of an immensely happy priesthood, lived, served, generously shared, and thoroughly enjoyed." He continued, "Richard loved to recall that, as a youngster here in St. Paul's parish, he along with his Paulist classmate, Fr. Joe Flynn, had been altar boys at the funeral of the great Father Walter Elliott in 1928, who, in turn, was a living link with Father Hecker himself. The immediacy of that history, the almost direct contact we have with our origins, renews in us our Paulist dreams."

Father Walsh died on March 21, 2003, in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 84 after serving for 60 years as a Paulist priest.


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  • Created by: Paulist Archives
  • Added: 18 Aug 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 95544201
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Richard Joseph Walsh (12 May 1918–21 Mar 2003), Find a Grave Memorial no. 95544201, citing Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Paulist Archives (contributor 47227615) .