|November 7, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 19 • Oakland, CA|
Rev. John David Vaughn, OFM
Rev. Wayman P. Deasy, MM
Rev. Wayman P. Deasy, MM, died at Harlem Hospital in New York Oct. 18. He was 84 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Father Deasy was the second of three children born to Joseph and Josephine Deasy. He was raised in Oakland where he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School. After graduating from the school he entered Maryknoll's Junior Seminary in Mountain View. In 1954 he was graduated with his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Maryknoll College Seminary in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois and a master's degree in religious education in 1959 from Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, New York. He professed his perpetual oath in June 1958.
After his ordination to the priesthood in June 1959, Father Deasy attended language school in Tanzania and then was assigned to serve in the Diocese of Musoma to work among the Luo people. He also served as pastor in the parishes of Tatwe, Kowak and Ingri.
Father Deasy returned to the U.S. in 1976 to perform development work in Texas, Louisiana and California (1976-1987). He served as assistant director of the development department (1988-1991) and later was appointed Maryknoll's chief operations officer (1991-1998). He served as assistant director of the mission promotion department and then assistant to the director of the renamed mission education and promotion department (1998-present).
Throughout his life as a Maryknoll missioner Father Deasy stressed the importance of mission education in the U.S. Church to "keep alive the flame of mission" in the world, according to the official obituary issued by his religious community.
"Evangelization is the task of every Christian and not just a select group," Father Deasy said during his 50th Jubilee in 2009. "In the U.S., we tend to become inward looking even though Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI called on all Catholics to become missionaries."
He is survived by cousins, Sheila Robello of Manteca; Philip Meany of Centralia, Washington; Nancy Theis of Washington, DC; and Kathleen Lewis of Moraga.
The funeral Mass took place Oct. 26 at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Chapel, Ossining, NY, followed by burial in the Maryknoll Society Cemetery.
Sister Kathleen McAvoy-Jardin, OP
Sister Kathleen McAvoy-Jardin, an educator and member of the Mission San Jose Dominicans who celebrated her 40th anniversary of religious profession in May, died Sept. 30 at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto after a brief illness.
A native of Oakland, Sister McAvoy, also known as Sister Helen Marie, was baptized at St. Bernard Parish and was graduated from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School. Her ministry in education, which spanned from 1976 to this year, began when, as a high school student, she was teaching in the CCD program at St. Bernard.
"Father Tony Valdivia walked up to me after our Christmas program and asked me if I ever considered being a Sister," she said in an article that appeared in The Catholic Voice in 2012. "He said he really thought I had what it takes to be a Sister and a teacher. This affirmed the desire that I had had since a child to become a teaching Sister. Two years after high school I entered and the rest is history."
In the Diocese of Oakland she served as a teacher and/or principal at St. Leonard School, Fremont; St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland; Dominican Kindergarten, Fremont; Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School, Fremont; and St. Martin de Porres Regional School, Oakland. She also taught at schools in San Jose, Oregon and in Mexico. Sister was a volunteer at Sunrise Village in Fremont.
"She brought great energy, joy and commitment to each ministry experience," according to a remembrance posted by the Dominican Sisters on their Facebook page.
The funeral Mass was held Oct. 4 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial took place the following day in God's Acre, the Dominican Sisters Cemetery.
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