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Deacon John McGhee
September 19th, 2016

Deacon John McGhee died Sept. 4 at age 90. He was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop John R. Quinn Feb. 25, 1995.


“Deacon John set the pace for many of us in the diaconate community,” Deacon Mike Ghiorso, director, Permanent Diaconate Ministry and Life, said in a statement. “He was an inspiration and example of just how much service a deacon could accomplish. He served the communities of Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay, and its mission church, Our Lady of Refuge in La Honda. Deacon John was the face of Christ the servant throughout his life.”


Deacon McGhee was a widower, his wife Rosemary died in 2006. They are survived by their seven children.


A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 15 at Our Lady of Refuge Church with interment in Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery.


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


From September 22, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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