2 November 1939 – 18 January 2010
The Reverend Edward J. Small, S.J., a member of the Fairfield Jesuit Community, died peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2010, at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., after an extended illness. He was born in Bridgeport, on November 12, 1939, the only child of Edward J., Sr., and Bernice E. (Billingslea) Small. After his graduation from Fairfield Prep in 1957, Fr. Small entered the New England Province of the Society of Jesus at Bellarmine College, Plattsburg, N.Y. Following the Jesuit course of studies, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill, Mass., on June 6, 1970 by Richard J. Cardinal Cushing. In addition to receiving a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy, Fr. Small also earned a M. Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a M.A. in English Literature from the University of San Francisco. Fr. Small spent apostolic life in two important areas of service, high school education and parochial ministry. He taught English at Boston College High School, Dorchester, Mass., St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, Bishop Connolly High School, Fall River, Mass., and Fairfield Prep, Fairfield. He served as parochial vicar in several parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport, including St. Lawrence, Huntington, St. Rose, Newtown, Christ the King, Trumbull, St. Mary’s, Ridgefield, Our Lady of Grace, Stratford, and Holy Family, Fairfield. For many years, Fr. Small also served as the Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s-John F. Kennedy Division, and involved with the AOH on both the state and national levels as well. In addition to his brother Jesuits, Fr. Small is survived by several cousins. His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 26, in the Campion Center, Weston, Mass., where he was interred in the Jesuit Cemetery. A Memorial Mass for Fr. Small will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fr. Small’s memory may be made to the Fairfield Jesuit Community Scholarship Fund, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 c/o Rev. Walter J. Conlan, S.J., Rector. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home of Fairfield Center.
14 September 1939 – 23 August 2013
The Reverend Doctor Brian A. Shaw, 73, of Milford, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at his home. Born in Meriden, September 14, 1939, the son of the late Julia Catherine Balasa and Thomas F. Shaw, Father Shaw attended Saint Stanislaus School, Meriden, and Saint John Kanty Prep School, Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1960 and continued his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary at Saint Bonaventure, New York, where he pursued his graduate studies. He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 19, 1966, by the Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien, Archbishop of Hartford, in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. In 1977 Father Shaw received his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Psychology from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Father Shaw served as a temporary assistant at Saint Mary in Meriden and then as Assistant Pastor at Saint Matthew Parish in Forestville from 1966 until 1971, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville from 1971 until 1977, and at Holy Cross Parish in New Britain from 1977 until 1980. He was named Co-Pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven in 1980 where he served until 1986 when he was appointed Temporary Administrator of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Wallingford. On February 2, 1987, Father Shaw was named Pastor of Saint Stanislaus in Bristol where he served until he was named Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain on September 14, 2003. Then on June 30, 2008, Father Shaw was named Pastor of Saint Ann Parish in Milford where he served until his death. Father Shaw served as Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Tinto Council #47 and was Chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Bridgeport, Division #1. He was also a proud member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield. Survivors include his brother, Michael Shaw and his wife, Laura of Cromwell, Connecticut. Father Shaw’s body will lie in state at Saint Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, on Friday, August 23, 2013, from 3:00-7:00 P.M., with a Parish Mass to follow at 7:00 P.M. On Saturday, August 24, 2013, The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Ann Church, Milford, followed by burial in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Meriden.