"It is...Our will that Catholics should abstain from certain appellations which have recently been brought into use to distinguish one group of Catholics from another. They are to be avoided not only as 'profane novelties of words,' out of harmony with both truth and justice, but also because they give rise to great trouble and confusion among Catholics. Such is the nature of Catholicism that it does not admit of more or less, but must be held as a whole or as a whole rejected: 'This is the Catholic faith, which unless a man believe faithfully and firmly; he cannot be saved' (Athanasian Creed). There is no need of adding any qualifying terms to the profession of Catholicism: it is quite enough for each one to proclaim 'Christian is my name and Catholic my surname,' only let him endeavour to be in reality what he calls himself." -- Pope Benedict XV, Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum 24 (1914)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Death Notification – Reverend Monsignor John Vincent Kerr, PH, JCD

Written by: Pam Aleman


Death Notification – Reverend Monsignor John Vincent Kerr, PH, JCD

Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, sadly announces the death of Monsignor John Vincent Kerr, on June, 2, 2012 at 8:22 p.m. at The Precious Blood Monastery in Hamilton, Ontario. His brother Damien and Father Tony O’Dell were praying with him at the time of death. He was 60 years old and in his 32nd year of the priesthood. Monsignor Kerr served in multiple roles in the Diocese of Hamilton including Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Kitchener and St. Gabriel Parish in Burlington. He served as Administrator at Annunciation of Our Lord Parish in Hamilton and Pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in Burlington. At the time of his death Monsignor Kerr was Judicial Vicar and Chancellor for the Diocese. He also served as Chaplain to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist and to the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Hamilton, where he resided upon his death.

Funeral Arrangements are to follow.

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