HARTFORD – La Salette Father Joseph J. Nolan, 95, of 85 New Park Ave., died on March 11, 2016, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.
He was born on March 19, 1920, in Dorchester, Mass., a son of the late James J. and Mary (Daley) Nolan. He attended schools in Roxbury, Mass., and North East, Pa., before entering the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield on July 1, 1941. He took first vows on July 2, 1942, and, after completing his studies, was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1948.
Father Nolan then was assigned to a parish in Fairmont, W. Va., where he ministered from 1948-60. He then ministered at the La Salette shrines in Ipswich, Mass., and Altamont, N.Y. He also served as pastor or administrator at various parishes served by the La Salettes in Atlanta and Canton, Ga., and Washington, N.C., as well as for 14 years as a pastor in Rainham, England, where his parish grew significantly. In addition to his parish duties, Father Nolan also served as the advisor to the La Salette District Superior of England and for a time as first councilor for the district.
In 1995, he became a priest in residence at a parish in Marietta, Ga., and remained active there until 2009, when he moved to the La Salette Hartford House. In recent years as his health diminished, he resided at St. Mary Home.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Nolan is survived by a sister-in-law, Phyllis Nolan, 18 nieces and nephews, 17 grandnieces and grandnephews and nine great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brothers James, John and Paul and his sisters Marie Burke, Anna Cassidy and Gertrude Killoran.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 16 at the La Salette Hartford House. Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Contributions in Father Nolan’s memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.