February 3, 1920 – January 4, 2012
Reverend Vincent M. McDonald, O.Carm., a member of the Order of Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 after a brief illness. He was 91 years old.
Father Vincent was born in the Bronx, New York on February 3, 1920 to Francis Augustus and Rose Alba (Provo) McDonald. He was baptized as Francis Augustus.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Maryann Meieselbach and his brother, Edward and is survived by his sister, Dorothy McDonald; eleven nieces and nephews: Marilyn, Charles, Barbara, Gerard, Karen, Regina, James, Marie, Edward, John and Kevin, and their spouses; twenty grand nieces and nephews and their spouses and nine great-grand nieces and nephews and their spouses.
He received his habit in the Order of Carmelites, North American Province of Saint Elias in 1939 when he entered the Carmelite Novitiate in Middletown, New York. At the conclusion of his Novitiate year he professed First Vows of Obedience, Poverty and Chastity on July 16, 1940 in Middletown, New York. He professed his Solemn Vows on July 16, 1943 in Middletown, New York and was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Simon Stock Church in the Bronx, New York on June 7, 1947.
Father Vincent graduated from the Catholic University in Washington DC with a B.A. in Philosophy and History in 1944 and a Master’s degree in History in 1946. From 1948 to 1955, Fr. Vincent taught at St. Albert’s Junior Seminary in Middletown, New York. From 1955 to 1961 he was a teacher at Mount Carmel High School in Auburn, New York. From 1961 to 1964, he taught at St. Simon Stock School in the Bronx, New York. During that time he also served as Director of the Third Order of Carmelites until about 1970.
Father Vincent served as Pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Troy, New York from 1970 to 1976 and Our Lady of the Scapular in Manhattan from 1979 to 1982. He was Associate Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Brooklyn, New York from 1982 to 1985. Father Vincent also served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, New York from 1988 to 1992; the Church of the Transfiguration, Tarrytown, New York from 1992 to 1996 and St. Joseph Church, Troy, New York from 1996 to 2000.
Father Vincent also served on several commissions – He was a member of the Provincial Council from 1955 to 1958; a member of the Preparatory Commission for the Provincial Chapter of 1982 and was a member of the Retirement Commission from 1994 to 2000. He also gave retreats for various Carmelite Sisters communities and Lay Carmelite groups and authored a number of articles for the “Scapular” and “Sword” publications. He also wrote “Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel with Office of the Dead” (Carmelite Rite), Scapular Press, New York, 1955.
Upon his retirement in 2000, Fr. Vincent spent about a year at St. Teresa’s Nursing Home before moving to the Carmelite retirement house at St. Albert’s Priory where he resided until his death. During the years that he lived at St. Albert’s, Fr. Vincent assisted with Prayer Ministry at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
A dedicated, faithful and hard-working Carmelite, Father Vincent M. McDonald, O.Carm. was a professed member of the Carmelite Order for almost 72 years and would have celebrated his 65th Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood on June 7, 2012. He will be greatly missed.
Visitation hours will be 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. (with Evening Prayer at 8 p.m.) Sunday, January 8, and Monday, January 9 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 70 Carmelite Dr. Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 9, at 11 a.m. at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Interment will be at the Carmelite Cemetery, Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Vincent M. McDonald’s memory may be made to the Carmelite Education Fund, and mailed to: P.O. Box 868, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave. Middletown, NY; www.applebeemcphillips.com