Reverend Monsignor Raymond F. Begin
February 19, 1928 - February 15, 2019
Due to the incoming storm on this Monday, the service has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Visitation with Cremains will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 10:00-10:45 a.m., Holy Family Church of Prince of Peace Parish, 607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11 AM. The Most Reverend Robert P. Deeley will be the principal celebrant of the Mass; Msgr. Paul Stefanko, who succeeded Msgr. Begin as the Judicial Vicar in the Tribunal, will preach the homily. Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial, committal prayers will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewiston.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor Raymond F. Begin, 90, whom the Lord called to his eternal home on Friday, February 15, 2019. He had been living in Venice, Florida.
Raymond was born to Henry D. and Rose Zelpha (Gauthier) Begin in Lewiston, Maine, on February 19, 1928. He received his education at the following schools/institutions: St. Louis School, Auburn (grammar); St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, Quebec (high school and two years of college); and St. Paul’s Seminary, Ottawa, Ontario (philosophy and theology). After completing his seminary education and formation, he was ordained to the priesthood by The Most Reverend Daniel J. Feeney, the Eighth Bishop of Portland, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, on June 7, 1952.
As a priest, he served in the following assignments:
St. John Parish, Bangor (Parochial Vicar/Assistant 1952-53), St. Agatha Parish, St. Agatha (Parochial Vicar/Assistant 1953-55), Catholic University of America (Advanced Studies in Canon Law in preparation for a Doctorate, from 1955-58), Assistant at St. Christopher Parish (Peaks Island), Diocesan Tribunal, Notary – appointed in 1956 (while studying Canon Law at CUA), Ecclesiastical Secretary – appointed in 1959, Defender of the Bond – appointed in 1959, Officialis – appointed 1964-1992, Judge, Tribunal of the Boston Province – appointed in 1983, Assistant at St. Dominic Parish, Portland – appointed in 1958, Chaplain & Confessor at St. Joseph’s Convent, Portland – appointed in 1959-69, Chaplain at Pineland Hospital & Training Center – appointed in 1959-67, Holy Martyrs Parish, Falmouth (Pastor, 1969-79), Holy Family Parish, Lewiston (Pastor, 1979-87), Holy Family Parish, Lisbon Falls (Pastor, 1987-1992), St. Gregory Parish, Gray (Pastor, 1992-1997)
On March 25, 1967, the Holy Father made him a Monsignor, with the rank of Domestic Prelate. In addition, Msgr. Begin also served the Bishops, Diocese and his brother priests as a member of the Diocesan Priests’ Senate (1966), the Priests’ Personnel Board (1976-79), and the Diocesan Board of Consultors (1980-83).
After 45 years of pastoral ministry, including 40 years of service to the Diocesan Tribunal, Msgr. Begin retired from full-time active ministry on July 1, 1997. At that time, Bishop Joseph Gerry, O.S.B, wrote: “In 1992 [on the occasion of your fortieth anniversary of ordination to priesthood], I wrote, ‘In the short time that I have been here, I have appreciated your straightforwardness, your uprightness, your integrity and your honesty.’ My opinion has not changed one bit. Let me add to that your tireless advocacy on behalf of literally thousands of men and women of the Diocese who have been reconciled to the Church through your judicial wisdom and pastoral concern in your tribunal ministry.”
Msgr. Begin was predeceased by his five siblings: Jeanette Ouellette Frye, Thérèse Kelley, Henri Begin, Jr., Juliette Begin and Maurice Begin. He is survived by cousins, nieces, and nephews.