• The Rev. John J. Herbert
    September 16,2012
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    The Rev. John J. Herbert
    The Rev. John J. Herbert

    WEST RUTLAND — The Rev. John J. Herbert, 94, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

    Rev. Herbert was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Rutland, the son of John and Eleanor Battles Herbert. He attended elementary school and high school in West Rutland and was a graduate of Plymouth State College and the University of New Hampshire.

    Rev. Herbert served as a corporal in the infantry of the U.S. Army during the European Theater, from 1942 to 1945.

    In 1979, following a long career in education as a teacher, principal and coach in Charlestown, N.H., and Cambridge, N.Y., he retired from teaching and entered Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., as a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. On March 19, 1983, Rev. Herbert was ordained a Catholic priest in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington by Bishop John A. Marshall.

    Rev. Herbert’s priestly ministry began at St. Mary Parish in St. Albans (1983-1987). He served at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and St. Peter Parish in Rutland (1987-2003), St. Bridget Parish in West Rutland (2001) and St. Dominic Parish in Proctor (2002).

    In 2003, Rev. Herbert was granted senior priest status and was appointed chaplain at the St. Joseph’s Loretto-Kervick Home in Rutland, until earlier in 2012.

    Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen Phillips of West Rutland, and Charlotte Pawlusiak of West Rutland and Florida, nieces and nephews.

    Rev. Herbert was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, William Herbert, Robert Herbert and Thomas Herbert

    Calling hours will be Monday, Sept. 17, in St. Bridget Church, 28 Church St., West Rutland, from 3 to 7 p.m.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington, and the concelebrating priests of the Diocese of Burlington on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in St. Bridget Church at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Monsignor Richard G. Lavalley will be the homilist. The Rite of Christian Burial in St. Bridget’s Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral Mass.

    A reception will follow.

    Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget Church, Steeple Fund.

    Online condolences may be made through cliffordfuneralhome.com.

    Arrangements are by Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
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