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OBITUARY

Reverend George P. Monaghan

May 16, 1953May 18, 2020

Father George Patrick Monaghan, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall and a priest of the Diocese of Dallas for 40 years, died on May 18th two days after his 67th birthday. Father Monaghan was born May 16, 1953, in Battle Creek, Michigan, to George William Monaghan and Elizabeth Francis (Blatchford) Monaghan. He was the oldest of six children. He attended first through eighth grade at St. Joseph Catholic School in Battle Creek, Michigan, from 1959-1967, and a portion of his ninth grade at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek before the family moved to Richardson on St. Patrick’s Day 1968. The family soon became an integral part of the growing church and school community at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. It was at St. Paul the Apostle where, family members said, a seed for a priestly vocation and working with Catholic youth was planted in a teenage George Monaghan. While his siblings attended the Catholic school for a time before moving on to public school, George Monaghan went on to Richardson West Junior High School and then to Richardson High School, where he graduated in 1971. He then enrolled at Eastfield Community College before transferring and graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1974, initially intending to launch into an engineering career. As we all know, God had other plans for George, the priestly call was much stronger and he entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving and receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1978. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas Tschoepe on April 26, 1980, at All Saint Catholic Church in North Dallas. Father Monaghan’s early priestly assignments took him through various parts of the diocese when it included communities now in the Diocese of Tyler. He served as an assistant pastor at St. Luke Catholic Church in Irving; as chaplain for Bishop Lynch High School and for the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana and as a fill-in pastor at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Athens. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Monica Catholic Church, Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving and St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen In 1990, he began his 30-year tenure as pastor of various parishes, including Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana,; St. Patrick Catholic Church in Denison, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Commerce. In 2010 he was assigned to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall. Msgr. Leon Duesman, who served as a priest for the diocese for 50 years before his retirement, remembers his own time as the parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle when he first encountered the Monaghan family. He said the young high school student quickly got involved assisting with youth activities at the parish, but also became a lifeguard and lifeguard manager. As a young priest, Father Monaghan also assisted Msgr. Duesman with youth activities at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Plano and Mary Immaculate Catholic parish in Farmers Branch. Many of the youth will remember Roadrunner camp, the ski trips and Search retreat weekends. It was on his many ski trips, that Father George fell in love with Santa Fe, New Mexico where he has vacationed every year since. The Santa Fe art influence could be seen in his office and many Christmas presents to his family and friends. As a young priest, Father Monaghan also was assigned twice to Holy Family Catholic Church in Irving and was instrumental in the transition when the parish was building and moving into a new church, said Msgr. Jerry Duesman, the longtime pastor of the Irving parish who retired in 2012. “He was very committed to the young people with a very strong sense of mission,” Msgr. Jerry Duesman said. Father Monaghan’s youngest brother John recalled his brother as “a rule follower,” committed to Christ, but who also had a dry sense of humor. His sister, Joan Lomax, recalled the days at St. Paul the Apostle where the family would spend most of their Sunday. She said as a priest, her brother had a tough role as a son, brother, uncle and shepherd to his church communities. “I always saw him taking care of his parishes and saw him in those roles, but for me, he was my big brother,” she said. “He absolutely loved being a priest. He loved what he did even though sometimes it was not easy, it was what he loved, his servitude and actually being in the parishes and interacting with everyone and getting to know them.” She said that because of the COVID-19 and shelter in place orders, the close family had been unable to get together as often as before, but that she spoke with him on his birthday, on Saturday, May 16. “We ended with, ‘I love you,’ ” she said. “With our faith, we know he’s been called home and that for whatever reason God needs him with Him, not here. His job here is done and we have no doubt that he is in a much better place.” Father Monaghan was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Monaghan; sister, Joan Lomax and her husband; and four brothers, Robert Monaghan, Patrick Monaghan, Timothy Monaghan and John Monaghan and their wives; and five nieces and five nephews, and six great-nieces and two great-nephews. All are welcome to pay their respects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home, 1029 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX, 75081. Visitation will continue on Sunday, May 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1305 Damascus Road, Rockwall, TX, 75087, with a Vigil to follow at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with The Most Rev. Edward J. Burns and The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly and brother priests Concelebrants. Rev. Msgr Leon Duesman, Homilist. The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at Restland Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75243.

The funeral will be live streamed on the diocese YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/dallascath), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dallascath) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/dallascath). Video of the live stream will also be available after the Mass has ended.

Memorial donations in Fr George’s name can be made to: Our Lady of the Lake Building Fund. https://membership.faithdirect.net/enroll/TX400

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

  • Vigil Service

    Sunday, May 24, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, May 25, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 25, 2020

Memories

Reverend George P. Monaghan

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Rene Reyes

May 27, 2020

I met Fr George upon my Son and Daughter in law's entering the Catholic faith. It was his influence along with the Holy Spirit that helped my son to be inspired to come back to the Church.
Fr George renewed their vows through convalidation marriage and their children have been baptized as well as volunteering in VBS and several other activities in the church.

I pray the family of Fr Monaghan find comfort in knowing he lived a life that touched many lives. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

M. Toni Humes

May 25, 2020

On behalf of the OLOL CCW, we thank Father George for all that he contributed to our ministry. Love and Prayers to the Monagham Family and to the OLOL Community. Our hearts will always remember Father George.
M. Toni Humes, OLOL CCW Parliamentarian.

Sister Peggy Szeljack

May 25, 2020

Betty and family,
My prayers are for you and your family. Thank you for your gift of Fr. George to the Church. Thank you for nurturing his love of service especially for the Young Church.
Sister Peggy Szeljack

Bob & Kay Petka

May 24, 2020

May God bless Fr George and all his family & friends in this time of grief. He was a great pastor and will be missed and forever remembered. May he rest in peace.

Pam Estes

May 24, 2020

Monaghan Family,
I wanted to share with you a memory when I was a parishioner at OLOL. I was a Finance Council member several years ago at OLOL when Father George arrived in Rockwall. I was really early for a meeting so I decided to go into the room and get caught up on my work emails. As soon as I sat down, Father George came in and we started chatting. I really did not know too much about him because he had only been there a couple of months. He told me how he went to college to be engineer. When he said that I could not help but smile. I thought to myself “that explains so much - an engineer.” I had worked with lots of engineers and he definitely had the engineer personality. Then he told me how God had called him to be a priest. He remembered the night before he was to be ordained, his fellow seminarians were discerning about taking their vows. While the others spent hours in the chapel praying, he had no hesitation about his vows because he knew he was doing exactly what God wanted him to do. He was called out that night to the jail to minister because that was where he needed to be. I will always remember that strong conviction he had in following God's call. He was a truly dedicated priest. I extend my condolences to all of your family.

Bill McHargue

May 22, 2020

Father George,
I will miss you terribly. I did not always agree with your methods; but I came to respect you and valued your opinion. I feel a strong sense of loss today as I write this some 24 hours after I learned of your passing. Thinking back on our relationship you really made my day when on my first Ash Wednesday serving ashes you said; “I am glad it’s you because I know you won’t mess it up.” A wow and a holy crap I hope I don’t mess up kind of moment. I can only imagine what it must be like to be in your role...pulled in a hundred directions, always being scrutinized, under a microscope at all times. I think I understood more as I got promoted in my career and started to learn what a mentor of mine once said, it’s lonely at the top. I am sorry I did not reach out sooner to be a friend to you. It was just a few weeks ago I had sent you an email one Sunday evening and within minutes I had a call from a number I did not recognize and decided to answer it anyway. It was you. I really enjoyed that conversation. As an military brat and then a career Airman, I never lived any place very long. I have been here double the length of any other place in my life. I have seen my family, parishioners, members of the ministry and you grow older. It really is pretty neat and a new experience for me. Father George thank you for being in my life and I only hope us McHargues are in your thoughts during the afterlife.

Audrey Herd

May 22, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family of Father George. He was an outstanding Priest and such a pleasure to be around. I will remember his smile and his kindness, when he was at St. Patrick Church in Denison, Tx. May he Rest in Peace
Audrey Herd

Monica Schattle Peelman

May 22, 2020

Mrs. Monaghan, Bob, Pat, and family,
I have so many fond memories of George. From our fun CYO days at St. Paul, being in Mrs. Patterson's Spanish class at RHS together and just hanging out. We kept in touch through the years and then as a priest, he officiated at several of my younger siblings' weddings. Fr. George was a wonderful influence, counsel & friend to my husband, Dennis. He initiated Dennis into the Catholic faith and then years later officiated at Dennis's police funeral. From our conversations through the years, I know George was an advocate for the youth and first responders. I will always remember his laugh, dry wit and kindness he shared with my family. God Bless!

Paul Vitanza

May 22, 2020

Father George was one of the first Pastors I meet when I worked for the Diocese. He always supported me as Director of the Appeal. His friendly handshake and his hello was always appreciated. Father George was a dedicated priest and a proud servant of God wherever he served. May God bless his soul and welcome him into eternal bliss as he rest the hands of our Lord. Amen.

Deacon Gary and Carolyn Vogel

May 21, 2020

So many great memories of Fr George as our pastor at St Patrick church i.n Denison. Gary served as his Deacon and we all became good friends as well. He was a huge asset to our parish and community. We will miss him!

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