Monsignor Raymond J. Page, Retired Vicar General

Sunday Telegram (Massachusetts)
November 1, 1998

Monsignor Raymond J. Page, 80, formerly of 30 Julio Drive, retired vicar general of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester, died Friday in the Hospice Residence, Worcester.

He leaves three brothers, Gerard Page of Enfield, Conn., Hector and J. Roger Page, both of Chicopee; a sister, Rita Ritchott of Chicopee; nephews and nieces; grandnephews and grandnieces. He was born in Chicopee, son of Edward L. and Anna (Marcil) Page, and lived many years in Worcester before moving here in 1992. He graduated from Cathedral High School, Springfield, in 1937 and Holy Cross College, Worcester, in 1941. He earned a master's degree from the University of Montreal in 1942. He attended the Seminary of Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree in theology from the Grand Seminary, Montreal, in 1945. He was ordained a priest in 1946.

Monsignor Page began his vocation as an associate pastor at Notre Dame Church in Southbridge. He was then an associate pastor, St. Patrick & St. Anne's Church, and St. Anne's Shrine, both in Fiskdale, and St. Paul's Cathedral and Holy Name of Jesus Church, both in Worcester. He was then secretary for the Lay Apostolate of the Diocese of Worcester. After that, he was pastor of Notre Dame Church in Southbridge, St. Ann's Church in North Oxford and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Worcester. In 1983, Monsignor Page was named diocesan vicar general, Protonotory apostolic and acting vicar for priests, retiring in 1992.

When he left as pastor of St. Ann's Church in North Oxford, Monsignor Page said, "As a parish priest, I've received so much love from the people to whom I minister. I always say I have a large family.

"I'm part of their lives. You're part of their joys, their sorrows.

They confide in you, they lean on you, they affirm you, they love you.

It's the ideal example of what a parish can be - a real Christian community of people who work hard together, get along, and with no cliques. "

A con-celebrated Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Church, 640 Main St. The most Rev. Bishop Daniel P. Reilly, bishop of Worcester, will be the principal celebrant. Burial will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Aldenville. Monsignor Page will lie in honor from 3 to 5 and 7 to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the church. The Most Rev. George E. Rueger, auxiliary bishop of Worcester, will conduct at prayer service there at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Memorial donations may be made to the Priests' Retirement Fund, Diocese of Worcester, 49 Elm St, Worcester, MA 01609; or Hospice House, care of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Massachusetts, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01609.

Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., is directing arrangements.


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