Father (Thomas) Kieran Ahearn

Danbury News-Times
December 19, 1997

Father Kieran Ahearn, O.F.M., Cap., 60, a Capuchin Franciscan friar who had served St. Mary's Parish in Bethel, died Wednesday in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. He was born as Thomas Ahearn in Yonkers, N.Y., on Feb. 28, 1937, a son of Teresa Ahearn of Wappingers Falls and the late Thomas Ahearn. Father Ahearn entered the Capuchin Franciscans in 1955, first professed in 1956, perpetually professed in 1959 and was ordained in Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers on Jan. 11, 1964. He graduated from St. Anthony's College in Hudson, N.H., and received his theological training at Mary Immaculate Friary in Garrison, N.Y. His ministerial experiences included parochial assistant, vocation promoter and chapel assistant. He served in parishes in New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. From 1971 to 1981, Father Ahearn served a hospital ministry in several health facilities in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He also served as Guardian from 1978 to 1981 of the local Capuchin fraternity at St. Anne's Friary in Smithtown, N.Y. He then served as pastor and guardian of the Capuchin Church and Friary of St. Pius X in Middletown, Conn. He also continued to offer parochial assistance to St. Luke's Parish in Westport and St. Mary's Parish in Bethel.

Besides his mother, Father Ahearn is survived by two sisters, Lee Almeida of Wappingers Falls and Arlene Wales of Bethel; and several nieces and nephews. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Father Kieran Ahearn Memorial Burse, c/o Capuchin Franciscan Office of Development, 210 West 31st Street, New York, N.Y. Calling Hours: Wake services will be on Friday at the Friary of Saint Clare, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, N.Y., under the direction of the Whalen-Ball Funeral Home of Yonkers. Services: Saturday at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers.


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