Rev. Philip Breton, 74; Was Pastor at St. Alphonse in Beverly 16 Years
April 15, 1984
Rev. Philip C. Breton, 74, retired pastor of St. Alphonse Parish in Beverly, died Friday [April 13, 1984] in Concord Hospital in New Hampshire after suffering a heart attack.
Fr. Breton retired from St. Alphonse in March 1978 after a pastorate of 16 years. It was Fr. Breton who built the new church there in the early 1960s.
He had been suffering from a kidney disease.
A funeral Mass will be concelebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St Alphonse Church with Most Rev. Thomas V. Daily, vicar general of the archdiocese, as the principal celebrant.
The eulogist will be Rev. Robert L. Connors, who is enrolled at Catholic University in Washington.
Fr. Breton's body will lie in state in the church Tuesday from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. A parish Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.
Born in Lawrence in 1909, Fr. Breton was ordained by William Cardinal O'Connell on May 22, 1936, in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston. Fr. Breton was first assigned as an associate pastor to St. Catherine's in Graniteville, and later went to St. Joseph's in Quincy, St. Joseph's in Waltham and to Sacred Heart in Amesbury before he was assigned to the Harvard University Military Chaplains' School from May 1943 until November 1946. Fr. Breton spoke both French and Italian fluently.
After World War II, he was assigned to St. Louis de France in Lowell, St. Joseph's in Salem, and to St. Joseph's in Everett before going to St. Mary's in Marlborough as an assistant pastor. From 1951 until 1957, he was named chaplain at the old Holy Ghost Hospital - now Youville Hospital - in Cambridge.
Later he became an associate pastor at St. Bridget's in Maynard and St. Anne's in Salem before being named pastor in Beverly.
Fr. Breton leaves a brother, Roland of Manchester, N.H.
Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, North Andover.