Father Austin T. Nagle, SS.CC.

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Father Austin T. Nagle, SS.CC., an ordained member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary-United States Province, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2017 at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in New Bedford, where he had resided for the past several months. 

Father Nagle, who celebrated his 89th birthday on August 2, was born to James and Anna (Brennan) Nagle in Cambridge, Mass. in 1928. The third youngest in a family of ten children, he is survived by his sister, Margaret Grealish, and his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Loretta Nagle, as well as nine nieces and eleven nephews. He was pre-deceased by his siblings, Rita, Thomas, John, Anna, Mary, Father James, a Maryknoll Missionary, and Francis. 

Father Nagle has been a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts for more than 68 years, having entered the novitiate in Fairhaven in 1948 at the age of 20. He professed his first vows on Sept. 14, 1949, and was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 21, 1954 at Queen of Peace Seminary in Jaffrey, N.H. 

During his more than 50 years of ministry, Father Nagle has held positions ranging from assistant novice master and vocation director in Ireland, to teaching at Pomona Boys High School in California. He served in parishes throughout the southeastern Massachusetts area, including St. Joseph in Fairhaven, St. Anthony in Mattapoisett, St. Mary in North Fairhaven, Our Lady of Lourdes in Wellfleet, and St. Francis Xavier in Acushnet. 

In 1979, Father Nagle transitioned from parish work to serving as chaplain at veterans’ administration hospitals in the New England area, a ministry he continued for 20 years. In 1981, he was appointed chaplain at Our Lady of Sorrows Convent and St. Joseph Manor Nursing Home in Brockton. Until his health forced him to retire, he also spent weekends as chaplain for the Veteran’s National Cemetery located in Bourne, Mass. on Cape Cod. 

The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and Father Nagle’s family extends sincere thanks to the staff at Damien Residence, Sacred Heart Skilled Nursing, and the Fairhaven Community Nurse and Hospice for the love and care given to Father Nagle. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Father Nagle at St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. followed by burial in the Sacred Hearts Community Cemetery. Visiting hours will take place at St. Joseph’s Church prior to the funeral on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Hearts Community at Damien Residence in Fairhaven. 

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