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Father Mark McDonald

April 2, 2018

Father Mark McDonaldMissionary of the Sacred Heart Father Mark McDonald passed away on April 2, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania at age 75. Father McDonald was born July 22, 1942 in Watertown, New York, the son of Donald and Anna Murrock McDonald. He was a graduate of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School and Immaculate Heart Academy.

He attended St. Bonaventure University for two years and began his studies to become a Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in 1961. He completed his philosophy studies in Quebec, Canada and graduated from Laval University in Quebec City in 1964. He completed his theological studies in Rome, Italy and graduated from the Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome in 1968. He was ordained a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart on June 29, 1968 in Watertown by Bishop Thomas Donnellan.

After ordinaton, Father McDonald taught at the Sacred Heart Preparatory Seminary and Immaculate Heart Central High School (IHC), both in Watertown. In 1972, he became Vice Principal at IHC. In 1976, he became Director of the MSC Retreat and Renewal Center in Shelby, Ohio. In 1983, he became Formation Director for the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Bogota, Colombia and in 1985 became Sectional Superior of the MSCs in Colombia.

In 1991, Father McDonald was elected Provincial of the MSCs in the United States headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. In 1997, he became Pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parish in Watertown. In 1999, he became Director of Cor Novum (the MSC retreat and renewal center in Issoudun, France). From 2005 to 2017, he was Superior General of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart worldwide located in Rome, Italy. Father McDonald became semi-retired in 2018 and was residing at the Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

Father McDonald is survived by his sister Mary (Ted) Mascott of Naples, Florida and sister Sally (John) Sheinman of Rothersthorpe, Northamptonshire, England and his nephew Zane (Michelle) Riester, grandnephew Ian Riester and grandniece Ella Riester, all of Wayne, New Jersey. He is also survived by his uncle William Murrock and his aunt Betty Murrock of Watertown and his aunts Gertrude McDonald and Shirley McDonald of Lowville and many, many McDonald and Murrock cousins. Father McDonald was predeceased by his parents and his grandparents Jennie and Charles Murrock and Elizabeth and Henry McDonald.

There will be calling hours for Father McDonald from 4:00 to 6:30 pm with prayers to follow at 7:00 pm on April 8 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on April 9, also at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Watertown. A reception will follow at Savory Downtown on Washington Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Foundation, 668 Thompson Street, Watertown, New York 13601.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. Online condolences to his family may be posted at at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#23 Harold L. Stouffer. 2018-04-25 01:55
My Condolences to Father Mark McDonald's loved ones and family members of Father McDonald. May he rest in Peace in the Kingdom of Heaven !
Sincerely in Jesus Christ .
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#22 Anne Delaney 2018-04-10 13:09
I was very blessed to have Mark as my French teacher for 3 years. I grew to have a deep affection and respect for him. He was a great example to all of what it means to be a Christian.
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#21 Jim Hrabchak 2018-04-09 11:10
So sorry to hear of Fr. Mark's passing, and at such a young age. He was a terrific teacher, and a fair and honest vice principle. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P.
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#20 Cheryl Gauthier 2018-04-08 11:38
We are so sorry to hear of Father Mark's passing. Our condolences to Mary & Ted. Father Mark had a special gift of kindness and compassion. He will always have a special place in our hearts. Bob & Cheryl Gauthier and Family.
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#19 Carl Franks 2018-04-06 19:38
I'm sorry to hear about Fr. Mark's passing. I remembered when he was pastor at Sacred Heart Church I served with him wether it was an Altar Server when shorthanded or even as an Eucharistic Minister. It will be an honor to serve for him one more time on his journey towards heaven. Heaven has gained another Holy Man of God just like another MSC Priest who passed before him in Fr. Dostie.
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#18 Joseph Rich 2018-04-06 08:40
Father McDonald administered to me a few days prior to my Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery that was done at the Cleveland Clinic. It meant a great deal to my life and he will always be in my thoughts and prayers. To Mary and Ted...my heartfelt sorrow at his passing.
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#17 Robert M. Humphrey 2018-04-05 21:22
Thank you Father Mark for coming my way..may you rest in peace..
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#16 Louise Mcbride 2018-04-05 17:12
Father McDonald married us at St. Ritas Church in Deferiet inJanuary, 1969. He was called to do so as our priest, Father Fix of Black River had passed away. Ir was Father McDonald's very first wedding mass and I remembered he was more nervous than us. He did a great job. We are celebrating 50 years of marriage nect January.
Greg and LouAnne McBride
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#15 Robert J. Washer 2018-04-05 13:25
I did not know Mark personally. I was 2 years behind him at IHA in the same class as his sister Mary. I always thought Mary would end up with a religious vocation also. My condolences to all of their families.
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#14 Craig S Jennings 2018-04-05 13:17
Fr. Mark was a staple at IHC and Sacred Heart in the 70's. We had some interesting pick up hockey games on the rink behind the seminary. He would throw a pair of skates on and join in the battle....how do you check your own Latin teacher and not worry about the next grading period!!!???
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