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Memorial for Rev. Paul C. Merrill

Born in Boston on Sep. 16, 1932
Departed on Nov. 28, 2006 and resided in Waltham, MA.
Visitation: Monday, Dec. 4, 2006
09:00 am - 10:30 am
Funeral Mass: Monday, Dec. 4, 2006
11:00 am
Cemetery: Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery
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Waltham - Rev. Paul C. Merrill, C.S.S., a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers), died Tuesday November 28, 2006 at the Sancta Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cambridge. He was 74.

Born in Boston on September 16, 1932, he was the son of the late John C.J., Sr. and Mary A. (Buckley) Merrill. Father Merrill’s home parish was Saint Matthew’s in Dorchester. He attended Saint Matthew’s Grammer School, Dorchester, Cathedral High School, Boston, The Stigmatine Minor and Major Seminary, Waltham and The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Fr. Merrill entered the Stigmatine Community in Waltham on September 16, 1951, made his first profession of vows on June 22, 1954, his perpetual profession of vows on June 22, 1957 and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Saint Matthew Church, Dorchester on June 6, 1961 by Bishop Thomas J. Riley, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston.

Father Merrill served in the following assignments: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Springfield, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Milford, Saint Joachim Parish, Ontario, Canada, Saint Joseph Parish, East Longmeadow and Elm Bank Seminary, Wellesley. He also served as chaplain at Maristhill Nursing Center in Waltham. Due to poor health, he retired to Saint Joseph Hall, Waltham, in 1991.

Fr. Merrill was a very devoted Religious and Priest. He served to the very best of his ability, despite many illnesses. Never one to complain, he offered himself to God in his many years of sickness and was a fine witness of identification with the Passion of our Lord. He truly lived the suffering Stigmata of Christ. May God now generously reward Fr. Merrill with peace and joy in his holy kingdom. May he rest in peace.

Fr. Merrill was the brother of the late Louise Westpfal, John D. Merrill, Jr. and Lorenzo D. Merrill.

He leaves two sisters, Mary J. Johnson of Bucksport, Maine and Catherine Bauer of Hayesville, North Carolina.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 4th, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Espousal Center Chapel, 554 Lexington Street, Waltham, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Milford, at 1:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to The Stigmatine Mission Office, 554 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452.

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