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Rev. Douglas Hawkins, CSC

Deceased: 2011-03-03


ICTE Fall: 1988

Rev. Douglas W. Hawkins, CSC 1930-2011 NEW BEDFORD, MA The Rev. Douglas W. Hawkins, CSC, 80, died at Sacred Heart Home in New Bedford, Mass., on March 3, 2011 due to complications following recent surgery. Fr. Hawkins was born on April 29, 1930 in Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Harold and Eva (Shurtlit) Hawkins. He entered Our Lady of Holy Cross Seminary in 1948 and received his B.A. from Stonehill College in 1953. He studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome from 1953 to 1955. He made his first and final profession of vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross on August 16, 1951 and 1954, respectively. He was ordained a priest on March 16, 1957. Fr. Hawkins received a M.Ed. from Fairfield University in 1962 and a Mathematics from New York University in 1967. Fr. Hawkins taught at Notre Dame High School in Bridgeport, CT, Bennington Catholic High School, Bennington, Vt., and St. Peter's High School in Gloucester, Mass. He served as the principal at St. Peter's High School in Gloucester, Mass., and Holy Saviour Menard School in Alexandria, La. Following his ministry as an educator, Fr. Hawkins served for over 30 years as a pastor and pastoral assistant in the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., serving in parishes in St. Albans, Bethel, Chester, Brandon, Wilmington, and in other localities as needed. He was the superior at the Holy Cross Residence in North Darmouth, Mass., from 2004 to 2007, and, after further parish assistance in Vermont, resided there until shortly before his death. Fr. Hawkins is survived by his brother, Alan H. Hawkins of Leominster and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Edith Taylor. FUNERAL NOTICE: Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Joseph's Chapel, Holy Cross Center on the campus of Stonehill College in North Easton, MA on Sunday, March 6th with a Vigil Service at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Chapel on Monday, March 7th at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery on the Stonehill College campus. Arrangements are by Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) Easton.