HARTFORD – Father Patrick R. McCarthy, 64, of 85 New Park Ave., a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, died Jan. 4, 2015, at the Hebrew Home in West Hartford.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1950, in Algona, Iowa, a son of the late Donald and Marian (Haan) McCarthy.
He studied at the La Salette Minor Seminary in Jefferson City, Mo., the College Seminary in Altamont, N.Y., and Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. He then entered the La Salette Seminary in Bloomfield, where he professed his first vows on Aug. 15, 1974. He pronounced his perpetual vows on Sept. 18, 1977, at Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood, Mo. After continuing his studies at the Washington Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., he was ordained on Aug. 19, 1978, at St. Cecelia Church in Algona by the late Bishop Frank H. Greteman of Sioux City, Iowa.
Father McCarthy’s first assignment was as associate pastor of a parish in Houston. After completing a program in clinical pastoral education, Father McCarthy was assigned to a church in Vinton, La., for two years.
He also served at a parish in Sulphur, La.; in a hospital pastoral care department in Lake Charles, La.; and at parishes in DeRidder, La., and Friendswood, Texas.
Father McCarthy was assigned in 2000 to the La Salette South Broadway residence in St. Louis and in 2005 to the La Salette National Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. He moved to the La Salette House in Hartford in 2006 and, in recent years, had resided at the Hebrew Home.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father McCarthy is survived by four brothers and four sisters: William, Luke, David, Alvin, Sister Jeanette McCarthy of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catherine Heinen, Eileen Hovelsen and Denise Young; and many relatives.
He was predeceased by his brothers La Salette Father John McCarthy; Eugene; Philip; Jerome; Timothy and Leo; and a sister, Paula.