The wake for Father Russell P. Lowe will begin with vespers at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 in Our Lady of Angels Church, 3644 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland. Bishop Martin Amos, retired bishop of Davenport, Iowa will be the presider with Father Steve Moran, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wooster, as homilist. The wake will continue until 8 p.m.
Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost will celebrate the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Aug. 31 in Our Lady of Angels Church. Father John Carlin, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma, will be the homilist.
Father Lowe, 59, died on Aug. 25 while on a leave of absence for sick leave.
He was born Aug. 29, 1962 to Loretta (Clancy) Lowe and the late Rexford Lowe. Father Lowe was educated at SS. Cyril & Methodius School in Lakewood; St. Bridget School in Parma; Allen Elementary School in Strongsville; Strongsville High School; Borromeo College in Wickliffe; and Saint Mary Seminary in Cleveland.
Bishop Anthony Pilla ordained him to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland on May 30, 1992 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
After ordination, Father Lowe’s first assignment as parochial vicar of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Parma. During this assignment, he also served as spiritual director, Cuyahoga Regional Council, NCCW, effective June 1, 1994. He was transferred on June 17, 1997 to serve as parochial vicar at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton. On March 20, 1998, Father Lowe was appointed parochial vicar of St. John Vianney Parish in Mentor and on Aug. 1, 2001, he was transferred to serve as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Parish in Brooklyn.
On June 30, 2004, Father Lowe was appointed pastor of St. Leo the Great in Cleveland. During this appointment, he was named pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Cleveland on Nov. 11, 2005. He also served as member at-large of the Presbyteral Council 2005-2008 and served as Catholic clergy associate, Cleveland Division of Fire effective Nov. 21, 2011. Father Lowe was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Cleveland on Nov. 1, 2013. During this assignment, he served as chaplain, Cleveland Safety Forces Holy Name Society, effective February 2016.
Those who knew him said Father Lowe was known for his quick wit, good humor and care for members of the Cleveland safety forces and parishioners.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brook Park.