The Reverend Patrick J. Shields, Senior Priest-Retired, died Wednesday, 16 October 2013, after having received the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments.
Patrick J. Shields was born on 18 November 1938. His parents were the late Michael F. and Helen C. (Fralka). He was educated at St. Vincent Grade School and High School, Akron, St. Meinrad Minor Seminary, Indiana, Borromeo College and St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland. On 23 May 1964 in the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Bishop Floyd L. Begin ordained him to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Cleveland.
Fr. Shields’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Therese, Garfield Hts. On 7 September 1966 he was given an additional appointment as Director of the Confraternity Program of Christian Doctrine for the Cleveland Southeast Deanery. Fr. Shields was appointed Parochial Vicar of Ascension, Cleveland on 24 June 1971 with a part time appointment as Assistant Chancellor. On 12 November 1973 his appointment to the Chancery was changed to full time Assistant Chancellor. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor on 10 August 1974. On 31 July 1976 Fr. Shields was appointed Secretary to Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Murphy with residence at St. Peter, Akron. On 9 March 1979 he was appointed Secretary to Auxiliary Bishop Gilbert J. Sheldon. Fr. Shields was appointed Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Parma on 29 September 1979. On 20 November 1986 he was transferred to St. Gregory the Great, South Euclid to serve as Parochial Vicar. On 14 February 1989 Fr. Shields was appointed Administrator of St. Ladislaus, Lorain. On 14 June 2003 he was appointed Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Elyria. Fr. Shields was transferred on 20 March 2006 to serve as Senior Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Stow. Fr. Shields retired on 30 March 2009.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, 21 October in Holy Family Church, 3450 Sycamore Drive, Stow at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Richard Lennon will be the main celebrant and Fr. Paul Rosing will be the homilist. Interment is at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron.
In accord with the provisions of the Marian Pact, please try to attend and concelebrate the Funeral Liturgy, offer Mass for him as you are able and cause him to be remembered and prayed for in the appropriate public prayers of the Church. May Fr. Shields and all our priests, deacons and bishops who have died, live forever in the joy of the Resurrection.
Sincerely in Christ,
Reverend Theodore Marszal
Administrative Assistant to Bishop Richard G. Lennon
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