Rev. F. Fairbairn, Priest for 31 Years

Boston Globe
September 15, 2000

The Rev. Frank E. Fairbairn of West Roxbury and Dennis, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston and a missionary of the Society of St. James The Apostle, died Wednesday at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 58.

Born in Boston, Father Fairbairn was raised in West Roxbury. He received his bachelor and master of divinity degrees at St. John's Seminary in Boston and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Richard Cushing in 1969.

During his 31 years of priestly duty, Father Fairbairn served in several parishes in the archdiocese. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart Church in North Quincy, and then at Our Lady of The Assumption Church in East Boston, where he was assistant pastor.

Father Fairbairn then served as associate pastor at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in West Acton from 1979 to 1981. He then spent two years attending the University of Notre Dame in a graduate studies program.

Upon returning to Boston, Father Fairbairn was assigned to campus ministry as associate pastor of St. Ann's parish in the Back Bay from 1981 to 1983, and then as pastor for 10 years.

From 1994 to 1999, Father Fairbairn was involved in missionary work in Lima, Peru. He had most recently been in residence at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Concord.

He leaves a sister, Maureen Smith of Cohasset; and two nephews, Peter M. Smith Jr. of New Durham, N.H., and Christopher Smith, of Kingston, N.H.

A funeral Mass will be said by Cardinal Bernard Law at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.


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