Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018

obit-Killeen_BernardBLOOMFIELD – Father Bernard Daniel Killeen, formerly of Orange, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 8, 2010, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford He was 85.

He was a son of the late John and Katharine Glennon Killeen, and was born on Dec. 22, 1924, in New Haven. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Saint Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1949, by Bishop Henry J. O'Brien at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford.

Father Killeen first served as a parochial vicar at St. Justin Parish in Hartford until 1957. He also was a parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish in Milford until 1961, and then at St. Thomas Parish in Southington until 1974. He was a priest in residence at St. James Parish in Manchester from 1974-76.

Father Killeen was named Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Harwinton, in 1976, and served there until 1982. Father Killeen was then co-pastor of Holy Infant Parish in Orange until 1995. In 1995, Father Killeen was named Pastor Emeritus of Holy Infant Church, and served as a part-time priest-chaplain at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in West Haven until his retirement in 1999.

Survivors include his sisters, Peg Schlegel and Elizabeth "Liz" Lederer, both of East Haven; 12 nieces and nephews; and 19 grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to his parents, Father Killeen was predeceased by a brother, Father John Killeen.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Oct. 12 at Holy Infant Church, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Interment followed at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.