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Archbishop Paul Joseph Richard

Archbishop Paul Joseph Richard “Brother Paul”, 73, of Gardner, was peacefully born into eternal life, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Mother.

Born in Gardner on July 6, 1946, he was the son of the late Joseph and Doris (Goodwin) Richard. He was a graduate of Gardner High School. He was a Registered Nurse. He was the Metropolitan Archbishop for the Bisco tine Orthodox Church and worked as a prison chaplain.

Br. Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Gardner. Paul had a sincere devotion to God and carried out his works into his community. Paul led several prayer groups and Bible study classes in the area. He loved to take care of people and share God's blessings with them. He loved playing the organ and singing in church. In 1971, he founded the Domus Maria House of Prayer in Worcester and led it for over 30 years.

Br. Paul is survived by one sister Mary Anne LaFalam and her husband Norman of Florida; one aunt Annette Barrieault of Cape Coral, FL; one nephew Kirt LaFalam; one niece Tracy Dunbar and her husband Anthony; ten great nieces and nephews Christopher, Nathan, Mackenzie, Allison, Mason, Stephanie, Megan, Lora, Kiersten, and Kayleigh; and several cousins.

A Graveside Committal Service will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in Notre Dame Cemetery, West Street, Gardner. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Gardner Relay for Life, 43 Nagog Park, Suite 110, Acton, MA 01720. Please reference in memory of Archbishop Paul J. Richard.

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I would have to say I remember Archbishop Paul as Brother Paul. I remember going to the prayer house in Worcester and attending services their. I remember Brother Paul as an avid singer. He spent a great deal of time in preparing the members of his prayer house in their singing performance. I remember spending the night at the prayer house. The men stayed at the rectory which was next door to the prayer house. Brother Paul had visiting Priests coming in to say Mass at the prayer each and every Friday night.

Terry Gauvin Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Archbishop Paul Richard

Terry Gauvin Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM