Msgr. James Sheehan, secretary to the Pastoral Provision, died this morning at the Cathedral Rectory in Newark, aged 39, from intestinal cancer. His Requiem is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Basilica. He has been a great friend and spiritual support to so many who have made the journey into full communion with the Catholic Church.
This statement was issued from the Archdiocese of Newark:
It is with great sadness that the Archbishop announces the passing into Eternal Life of Monsignor James Matthew Sheehan, Judicial Vicar and Secretary for Canonical Affairs. He was 39 years of age. Please join us in praying for the peaceful repose of Monsignor Sheehan's soul, and for the consolation of his family.
As the effects of cancer set in, and while continuing treatment, it was Monsignor's wish to return home to our Residence at the Cathedral Basilica until the time of the Lord's Call. He died surrounded by a most loving and caring family, and faithful friends.
Please pray for the repose of his soul. His truly was a priestly heart, and we can be quite certain that he now prays for the success of the Ordinariates.