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Vigil service Jan. 22 for Father Kevin Gaffey
January 19th, 2016

Father Kevin Gaffey, retired pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Novato, died Jan. 13 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. Father Gaffey was 84 years old and a priest for 58 years.


Born in San Francisco, Father Gaffey attended St. Paul School before entering St. Joseph College seminary in Mountain View as a high school freshman. He was ordained June 15, 1957 from St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park by Bishop Hugh Donohoe at St. Mary’s Cathedral.


Father Gaffey served at parishes including St. Catherine of Siena, Burlingame; Holy Cross, St. Philip the Apostle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Cecilia, San Francisco, and St. Raymond, Menlo Park. He was named pastor of St. Paul Parish, San Francisco in 1977.


In 1982, Father Kevin was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Novato, assisting the now late-Father Daniel Sheehan as Father Sheehan’s health declined. He was named administrator of St. Anthony in 1986, and pastor in 1988 serving there until his retirement in 2003. He then lived in residence at St. Pius Parish, Redwood City, Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park where he served as chaplain, and Nazareth House again serving as chaplain.


Father Gaffey is survived by his sister Mary Hutchings, his brothers Brendan and Bill and their families.


Father Gaffey’s cousins are Father Jim Gaffey of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and the late-Father Michael Keane, who was ordained the same day as Father Gaffey and served as pastor of St. Isabella Parish, San Rafael for almost 20 years before his death in 2007.


A vigil service will take place Jan. 22, 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Church, 1000 Cambridge St., Novato, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated there Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m.


Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.


From January 21, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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