Father Joseph Edward Whitlock

April 28, 1929
- February 09, 2005

PORTLAND - Father Joseph Edward Whitlock, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Mercy Hospital Portland. A priest for nearly 50 years, he was born in Portland on April 28, 1929, a son of John H. and May (Gormley) Whitlock. Father Whitlock was beloved by all who crossed his path, from the parishioners whose churches flourished under his leadership, to his brothers in the priesthood and all his friends and family. Even through hard times and personal illness, Father Whitlock remained true to his calling. Father Whitlock graduated from Cheverus High School in 1947, and, having already felt the calling to the priesthood went directly to St. Paul's University in Ottawa, Canada, for Classical Studies. After only a year and a half there, Father Whitlock wrote to the Bishop of Portland, the Most Rev. Daniel J. Feeney, and informed him of his intention not to wait any longer and enter the seminary the following fall. Father Whitlock was ordained a priest on June 4, 1955, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Bishop Feeney. Immediately following his ordination, he served as an associate pastor at St. Dominic's Church in his native Portland. In September of 1955, Father Whitlock transferred to St. Athanasius in Rumford as an associate pastor, and stayed there for the next 11 years. In 1966, Father returned to St. Dominic's in Portland, and was then assigned to St. Rose of Lima in Chisolm, again as an associate pastor. Father Whitlock enjoyed his years there very much, especially working with the people and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 1970, Father Whitlock became pastor of St. Francis Xavier in Brownville Junction, and in 1974 of St. Teresa parish in Brewer. In 1977, Father again returned to Portland as a Rector at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Two years later, in 1979, he became the pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland, remaining there for nearly 10 years. Father's final assignment was as pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Bridgton, and following that, he retired, on July 1, 1999. Bishop O'Leary applauded his "sense of Church and spirit of priestly cooperation" in the way that he accepted all the assignments that were given to him. Father Whitlock will be greatly missed by all those who loved and knew him, and all of those who benefited from his ministry. In addition to his parents, Father Whitlock was predeceased by three sisters and five brothers.

He is survived by three sisters, Gertrude Harrington of Portland, Barbara Guay of York, and Grace Muench of Highland Heights, Ky.; many nieces and nephews, and loving friends., Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Whitlock's memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 605 Stevens Ave., Portland, Maine, 04103.

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