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Wake Forest Priest Dies

Posted July 24, 2007

— Father John Parrish, pastor of Saint Catherine of Sienna in Wake Forest, passed away overnight Monday.

Parrish, 49, died in his sleep at his home, church officials said.

A Mass for the Roman Catholic priest was celebrated at St. Catherine's Tuesday evening.

Parrish will lie in state 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a wake scheduled for 7 p.m., said church officials.

His funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Friday, with Monsignor Tim O'Connor officiating.


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  • Arkansas Razorback Jul 25, 2007

    Very nice guy. He will be missed.

  • scoutmom Jul 25, 2007

    ..."Grant him eternal peace, O Lord, and make Your perpetual light to shine upon him..." This is a great loss to the entire Catholic community. How sad.

  • peace_of_mind Jul 25, 2007

    May the Lord welcome him with open arms and allow him to enjoy his rewards for the work he did on earth. Rest In Peace Father.

  • Wolfy1 Jul 25, 2007

    I agree...only 49...he wasn't obese and he was sleeping when it happened (i.e. nothing physically stressful). It was just his time.

  • jetstream Jul 24, 2007

    Wow, very young. Rest in peace!