Fr. Gerald Francis Xavier Lovett
Dec 1, 1935 – Mar 21, 2015
Father Gerald Lovett, 79 of Federal Way, WA (previously of Redmond, WA) died peacefully of natural causes at Providence Mount Saint Vincent in Seattle on Saturday March 21, 2015.
Sunday March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm a Vigil Service will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond, Washington.
Monday March 30, 2015 at 10:30am at St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond, Washington Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain Archbishop of Seattle and other diocesan priests will concelebrate.
Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Church, Kilmoyley, County Kerry, Ireland.
Born on December 1, 1935 in Kilmoyley, County Kerry, Ireland, Father Lovett was one of 12 children, raised in a family and a community that valued religious vocations. Five of his nine sisters became women religious. Out of his 100-member high school class, 30 young men entered the seminary. Father Lovett studied for the priesthood at St. Kieran Seminary, Kilkenny, Ireland and was ordained for the Archdiocese of Seattle at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny on May 31, 1959. He came to Seattle in February of 1960 and served as an assistant at St. James Cathedral Parish. In 1964 Father became an assistant at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Seattle. After earning a master’s in social work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he returned to the Archdiocese and served as assistant director of the Catholic Charities (now Catholic Community Services) for eight years while also serving several of those years as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Seattle. Father Lovett founded St. Jude’s Parish in Redmond in 1978 and served there until his retirement in 2003. Father Lovett was active in a number of Archdiocesan activities including chaplain at Camp Don Bosco, Carmelita Institute, YLI; notary of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal; spiritual director, Junior Curia, Legion of Mary, and a member of the Personnel Board, Archdiocesan Priests Council.
In his younger days, Father Lovett was a County Football champion and continued an avid interest in many sports including football, hurling, baseball and golf.
Father Lovett was preceded in death by his parents Garrett and Mary Lovett, brother Sean Lovett, sisters Pauline Lovett, Margaret Lovett, Sr. Attracta Lovett, Sr. Dolores Lovett, Sr. Josepha Lovett and survived by his brother Declan Lovett and sisters Mena Willmore, Sarann Lovett, Irene Ross and Sr. Maureen Lovett, along with numerous nieces and nephews, their families and a multitude of parishioners and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Catholic Youth Organization, http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/oyyae/camping/about.aspx
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