Let’s pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James McDonald

Let’s pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James McDonald who was called home to the Father at the Montreal General Hospital after a brief illness
on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the age of 86.

Visitation is May 9th noon to 9:00 pm. Place: Saint Gabriel’s Parish.
The funeral will be held on May 10th at 11:00 am. Place: Saint Gabriel’s Parish.

Fr. James McDonald, ordained a priest on June 1, 1958, served as curate at St. Gabriel, St. Veronica, St. Willibrord and St. Malachy parishes.

In 1970, he was named pastor of St. Aloysius in east-end Montreal, and in this time, served as priest-in-charge of St. Philip Neri Mission. He then served as pastor of St. Thomas à Becket from 1980 to 1992. He was then named priest-in-charge at St. Edward the Confessor Mission until 2001, when he was appointed parochial administrator of St. Gabriel, from which he retired in 2017.

He served as a chaplain at the Fr. Dowd Home, and had been chaplain at several high schools.

Fr. McDonald’s longstanding ministry included his avid involvement in social justice. He is well-remembered for his role in providing sanctuary in St. Gabriel’s rectory for almost four years to Mr. Abdelkader Belaouni, a blind Algerian refugee.

Fr. McDonald was residing at Angus Square Apartments at the time of his death.

Our sincere condolences go out to Fr. McDonald’s family and friends for their loss.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace. 

Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
Director, Office for English Pastoral Services
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal