Danbury, Conn. — Reverend M. Joseph Joaquin, age 80, passed away on January 14, 2013. Born April 29, 1932 in Lawrence, he was the son of the late, Manuel and Mary Joaquin.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Manuel, Jr., William and Arthur. He is survived by three sisters, Lillian R. Helfrich, Carol Ann McGuire, both residing in North Andover, and Eunice McCarthy of McDonough, Ga. He is also survived by nephews, nieces, and their children. Fr. Joe, as he liked to be addressed, was ordained by the late Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis on October 3, 1981. Prior to his priestly service at Sacred Heart Parish, Fr. Joe taught for nine years in the Ipswich public schools, before which he had taught for 18 years with the Xaverian Brothers in Baltimore, Maryland, Brooklyn, New York and Shrewsbury. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John's University, a master's degree in French from Assumption College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Apostles Seminary. His hobby was studying modern and ancient languages and Scripture. Fr. Joe was first assigned to St. Anthony's Parish in Bridgeport, after which he was assigned to St. Augustine's Cathedral. He then was given permission to spend two years in Meriden, Conn. as assistant chaplain in the Evangelical Center run by the Maryheart Crusaders, and celebrated weekend Masses in Holy Angels Parish. He was then assigned to St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Trumbull, Connecticut. Cardinal Egan named him pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown where he ministered for 16 years. Fr. Joe retired because of illness in January of 2008. Rev. Gregg Mecca invited him to spend his retirement years at St. Peter Rectory in Danbury. He was able to assist the parish priests. .
ARRANGEMENTS: The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church in Danbury and graveside services was held on Tuesday in Lawrence. In your kindness, Fr. Joe requested that he be remembered in your prayers. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown, CT or St. Peter's Church in Danbury, CT