Richard J. Carelli, 78, Former Pastor, Headmaster

Sunday Telegram (Massachusetts)
December 10, 2000


BODY - The Rev. Richard J. Carelli, 78, of 30 Julio Drive, formerly of Worcester, who served as a pastor, associate pastor and head master at area religious facilities, died Saturday, Dec. 9, in UMass Memorial Medical Center -- Memorial Campus, Worcester.

He leaves two brothers, Vincent P. and Francis J. Carelli, both of Worcester; two sisters, Isabel M. Burke and Adeline M. Anderson, both of Worcester; nephews and nieces. He was born in Worcester, son of Carlo P. and Margaret A. (Brady) Carelli, and lived most of his life in Worcester before moving to Shrewsbury nine years ago. He wad educated in Worcester, and earned a theology degree from St. Mary's College in Kentucky. He attended the Grand Seminary in Montreal and was ordained a priest Feb. 24, 1953 in St. Paul's Cathedral, Worcester, by Bishop John J. Wright.

He was associate pastor at St. Joseph's Church, North Brookfield; head master of Sacred Heart Academy in Worcester; associate pastor at St. Ann's Church, Worcester; headmaster of St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School, Fitchburg; pastor of St. Roch's Church, Oxford; and pastor of St. Bernard's Church, Fitchburg. In 1983, he became diocesan director of fiscal affairs and administrator of the Vianney House, Worcester. In 1985, he became pastor of St. George's Church, Worcester, and remained director of fiscal affairs. He was chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester from 1985 to 1987. He retired in 1993. In February 1992, he received the papal distinction of prelate of honor with the title of monsignor. He was a diocesan consultor.

The funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Church, 24 Mulberry St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the church, where he will lie in state. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040; or to Clergy Benefit Fund of the Worcester Diocese, 49 Elm St., Worcester, MA 01609. Callahan Brothers Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.


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