Longtime assistant chaplain Fr. Seamus O’Kielty passed away on Monday, February 18, after over six decades of service for the Church. Christendom College will host his funeral this week, per his final wishes.

On Thursday, February 21, a Wake will be held in the Crypt of Christ the King Chapel from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Near the end of the wake, all will pray the rosary for Father’s repose. The wake is scheduled for 3 hours in consideration of the number of expected guests on campus. Please feel free to come for a portion of the evening and depart when convenient.

Father will lie in repose in the Christ the King Chapel from 9:00 PM Thursday evening until 7:00 AM Friday. The college will host all night adoration during this time.

On Friday, February 22 – the Chair of St. Peter – the college will change its regular schedule to facilitate the funeral. The changes are as follows:

  • 7:30 a.m.— Mass (Christ the King Chapel)
  • 8:30—11:30 — Normal Class Schedule
  • 11:30 a.m. Mass — CANCELLED
    2:00-3:30 p.m.— Funeral Mass, Latin Novus Ordo (Christ the King Chapel)
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m.— Light reception for faculty, staff, alumni, and guests (St. Lawrence Commons)
  • 6:00 p.m.—Student dinner (St. Lawrence Commons)

The college will have a live audio and video feed in the Chapel Crypt, as well, for overflow seating. The current student body will be sitting there, but there may be extra seating as well. Watch the live stream here.

For those traveling, the college asks that no cars be parked on grassy areas. Parking will be available on paved surfaces or gravel areas, and the college requests that guests carpool if possible and to not park in any marked off areas.

At this time, the Internment for Fr. O’Kielty has not yet been announced, but it will be a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass in Christ the King Chapel followed by burial at the Front Royal Cemetery.

One of the reasons Fr. O’Kielty wanted to be at Christendom was because he knew the Christendom community would not be outdone in their generous outpouring of prayers for him after he left this life. In lieu of flowers, Fr. O’Kielty requested that donations be made to the effort Christendom alumni have begun to have the Sacristy in the new Chapel of Christ the King completed in his honor.

Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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