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Museum featuring crèches of Germany
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Sacred music: a St. Mary tradition
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Retirement Fund for Religious helps when communities can’t
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Hark the herald angels: How sacred music evangelizes, lifts up hearts
Hark the herald angels: How sacred music evangelizes, lifts up hearts
Witnesses recall New Year’s Eve cathedral blaze of 60 years ago
Witnesses recall New Year’s Eve cathedral blaze of 60 years ago
Museum featuring crèches of Germany
Museum featuring crèches of Germany
Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican
Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican
Theater review: ‘The Front Page’
Theater review: ‘The Front Page’
Sacred music: a St. Mary tradition
Sacred music: a St. Mary tradition
Retirement Fund for Religious helps when communities can’t
Retirement Fund for Religious helps when communities can’t

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obit-Shaw BrianMILFORD – Father Brian A. Shaw, 73, pastor of St. Ann Parish, died on Aug.19, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Meriden on Sept. 14 1939, a son of the late Julia Catherine Balasa and Thomas F. Shaw. He attended St. Stanislaus School in Meriden and St. John Kanty Prep School in Erie, Pa. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1960 and continued his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral psychology in 1977 from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.

Father Shaw was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1966, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He served as a temporary assistant at St. Mary Parish in Meriden and then as assistant pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Forestville from 1966 until 1971. He was appointed assistant pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville in 1971 and at Holy Cross Parish in New Britain in 1977. In 1980, he was named co-pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven, where he served until 1986, when he was appointed temporary administrator of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Wallingford.

On Feb. 2, 1987, Father Shaw was named pastor of St. Stanislaus in Bristol. He then was pastor of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain, where he served for five years until June 30, 2008, when he was named pastor of St. Ann Parish in Milford, where he served until his death.

Father Shaw served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Tinto Council 47 and was chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Bridgeport Division 1. He was also a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.

Survivors include his brother Michael of Cromwell.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Aug. 23 at St. Ann Church, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Meriden.

Donations in Father Shaw’s memory may be made to St. Ann Foundation in care of St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT 06460.