McCaffery, Charles Michael “Father Mike”
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7pm hosted by Star of the North Retreat Centre on Zoom.
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One of life‘s great paradoxes is that in our time of greatest sorrow we can experience extreme gratitude.
Father Mike died in hospital January 12, 2021 from complications of COVID-19.
He was born in Bassano, Alberta on September 17, 1935. His family moved to Edmonton in 1944 as his father, Hugh, wanted the children to have quality education. It came as a surprise to many of his classmates when Michael decided to enter the priesthood right after high school. He was ordained September 23, 1961. His education did not stop there. He received a Master of Sociology at Fordham University in New York, and Religious Leader Certificate at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He loved that school and attended their football games whenever he could. Father Mike had a life dedicated to everyone. When he retired his card said retired, “but still hatching, matching and dispatching”. Father Mike had many talents. He loved to play the piano and his favourite song was “My Way”.
During his career he was a pastor in a number of parishes. He was the president of Newman Theological College for five years, the Rector at St. Joseph’s Basilica, and then the Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. He was on many boards, too numerous to mention and remained active.
Father Mike was very popular and competent. He received many awards including a Chair in his honour at Saint Joseph Seminary for Pastoral Theology and a highlight was the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2005. “Aww yes” Father Mike had the Irish twinkle in his eye and a smile for everyone he met. He had time for everyone whether down and out or rich and famous. He was a man that did not have the word ‘NO’ in his vocabulary.
He married, buried and baptized hundreds of people. He loved his ministry and many considered him their best friend.
Father Mike loved the game of golf and in the past went to what he called “the Holy Land” (Palm Springs) to golf each November, also enjoyed golfing in Kauai for a few weeks in January or February.
Father Mike is survived by his sisters, Belle Ann Patterson and Mary MacDonald (Earle); sister-in-law, Margie McCaffery; nephews, Bruce (Betty Ann), Terry (Lilly), Jim Patterson (Andrea), Dana and Dean (Coral) Panchyshyn; nieces, Megan McCaffery (Arno Willkomm) and Laura (Scott) Ferguson and Kathryn Zulps (Norm); and many great nieces and nephews.
Father Mike was predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Isobel; brothers, Hugh and Jim; sister, Nordene Nigro; brothers-in-law: David Panchyshyn, Frank Nigro, Terry Patterson; and nephew, David Panchyshyn.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, online/virtual Vigil prayers will begin at 7pm.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Archbishop Richard Smith will preside at a private family Funeral Mass on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 11am.
When Covid-19 restrictions allow, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated. All will be welcome. An announcement will be made.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Social Services or to a charity of choice.