St. Patrick's R. C. Parish

Established in 1841 at Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada

In Memorium

Father David Heale

March 3, 1946 – April 16, 2008


Father Davis Heale served two terms at St. Patrick’s Parish, Carbonear. First, as assistant priest to Monsignor J. W. Peddle (1973-1974) and again as Parish Priest (1981-1985). It was with great sadness and shock that we learned of his death on April 16, 2008. A priest of the Diocese of Grand Falls for 38 years, his passing leaves a void in our midst.

Father Heale’s response to God’s call in his life to serve as a priest was a real blessing for our diocese. For 38 years he was a “pastor” in the real sense of the word and he was equally at home with all people – clergy, religious, and laity. His ever-pervasive smile, his easy-going style, and his sense of humor were just some of the characteristics that drew people to him. There were no “airs” about Father Heale. He was a “down-to-earth” sort of person who knew how to combine work and pleasure. He loved God, he loved his priestly vocation and he loved his family and friends. What more can one ask?

The Mass of Christian Burial for Farther David Heale was celebrated at Holy Cross Church in Holyrood on Monday, April 21, 2008.

Eternal rest grant unto his soul, O Lord

(Information from Diocesan Newsletter, Summer, 2008)

Rev. Cummings, Msgr. Bromley, Rev. Heale, and Rev. Woodford

Obituary

Father Heale’s Obituary, The Compass, Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Biographical Information

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 

Name:

·          Reverend David William Heale                                       

 

Date of Birth:

·          March 3, 1946

 

Place of Birth:

·          St. John’s, NL

 

Education:          St. Patrick’s Hall                     1952 – 1962

                                   Brother Rice High                    1962 - 1964

 

Ecclesiastical Education:                    

                  St. Paul’s, Ottawa                                     1964 – 1970

                  Loyola University, Chicago                        1985 – Fall Semester

                  Notre Dame, Indiana                                 1986 – Winter Semester

 

Ordination Date:

·          June 14, 1970

 

Ordained by Bishop:             

·          Bishop O’Neill (in Harbor Grace)

 

Parish Assignments & Dates:     

Cathedral                                                                    1970 - 1973     (Curate)

Carbonear                                                                   1973 - 1974     (Curate)

Windsor                                                                      1974 - 1975     (Curate)

King’s Cove                                                                1975 - 1978    

Northern Bay                                                               1978 - 1981    

Carbonear                                                                    1981 - 1985                

Fogo Island                                                                  1986 – Fall

Bay de Verde                                                               1986 – 1989

Avondale/Conception Harbor                                       1989 – 1998

Colliers                                                                         1991 – 1998

Sabbatical                                                                     1998 – 1999

Gander                                                                          1999 – 2004

Holyrood, Harbor Main, Whitbourne                              2004 – 2008

 

Positions/Offices Held in Diocese:    

Diocesan Director of Liturgy                                             1972 – 1985

Dean of the Avalon Deanery                                             1979 - 2008

Consultor  (College of Consultors)                                    2001 – 2008

Personnel Committee                                                        2001 – 2008

President, Catholic School Boards of NL                          1980 – 1981

NL Representative on Canadian Catholic School Trustees  1980 – 1981

First Chair of newly formed Presbyterium

Many School Board appointments:

North River                                                                       1972 – Summer

St. Brendan’s                                                                    1986 – Summer

Bonavista, Catalina & Trinity                                             1976 - 1977    

 

Death

Holyrood, NL                                                                   April 16, 2008

Died at Health Science Centre @ 11 p.m.