Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, P.A., dies

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Msgr. Henry T. Munroe, P.A., 88, died November 10, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the son of the late Henry T. and the late Kathryn C. (Burns) Munroe.

A graduate of the former Msgr. James Coyle High School, Class of 1946, he graduated from Providence College and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James L. Connolly at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fall River, on Nov. 30, 1953, he served in five parishes over the course of nearly 50 years before his retirement at the age of 72, in 2000. 

His first assignment was as curate at Holy Name Parish in New Bedford, from 1953 to 1972; then as pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Attleboro from 1972 to 1975; pastor of St. Pius X Parish in South Yarmouth from 1975 to 1989; pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Somerset from 1989 to 1995; and pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish from 1995 to 2000.

He was a longtime member of the Diocesan Tribunal and Judicial Vicar of the diocese from the late 1960s until 1989. He was the Episcopal Vicar of the Cape and the Islands from 1975 to 1989, at which time he was appointed as Vicar General of the Diocese of Fall River. 

In 1992 he served as Diocesan Administrator, following the transfer of Bishop Daniel A. Cronin to Hartford and before the arrival of Bishop Sean P. O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap., in August of 1992. Named an Honorary Prelate by Pope Paul VI, he was also named a Protonotary Apostolic by Pope John Paul II.

He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the Canon Law Society of America, and a former Trustee of the New Bedford Public Library.

Msgr. Munroe is survived by his cousin, Alice C. Costello of Fall River, several other cousins, and his close friend, Robert Tapper of Mattapoisett.

The wake will be held at Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street in Fall River on Saturday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. also at Holy Name Church. 

Priests and deacons are asked to vest in the sacristy.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cardinal Medeiros Residence for Retired Priests, 375 Elsbree Street, Fall River, Mass., 02720, where Msgr. Munroe lived over the last several years. 


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