Rev. Joseph K. Fagan, 80, a longtime beloved Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, died Sunday, August 29, 2021, at the Regina Cleri Residence in South Boston, after a short period of declining health. Born in Boston, son of the late Robert P. and Dorothy P. (O'Brien) Fagan, he was raised in South Boston and was a graduate of St. Augustine's School and Gate of Heaven High School, both in South Boston. He then entered Cardinal O'Connell Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain for 2 years and later completed his studies at St. John's Seminary in Brighton with a Master's Degree in Divinity (M.Div). He later furthered his studies with a Master's Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha in 2005. He was ordained a priest on June 7, 1967. Upon his ordination, he was assigned to St. Richard's Parish in Danvers for 3 years. He then joined the Society of St. John the Apostle and was sent to Santa Cruz, Bolivia for three years. Upon returning home, he was stationed at the Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman, where he welcomed the changes of the Second Vatican Council. In 1979, he was named Co-Pastor at St. John Chrysostom in West Roxbury and served for 6 years, before a three month sabbatical in Rome. Upon his return from Rome, he served at Sacred Heart Parish in Quincy for several years. In 1993, he was named Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stoughton where he faithfully served for 6 years. He then received his final assignment when he was asked to be the Spiritual Director at Pope St. John XXIII in Weston, where he served for over 10 years, leading to his retirement at Regina Cleri with his brother priests in 2008. In his free time, he enjoyed having a good meal with family and friends.
Fr. Fagan is survived by his brothers, Robert P. Fagan and his wife Maureen of Plymouth and Brian J. Fagan and his wife Maureen of Bedford. He was the beloved uncle of Lynn Wolter, Jennifer Otto-Fagan, Tricia Wilhelm, Brian Fagan, Melissa Fagan, Patrick Fagan and Daniel Fagan. He is survived by 9 great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by several cousins, including Joanne Ahern of FL and Pat Arnold of Marshfield.
Visiting Hours will be held at Holy Ghost Church, 518 Washington St., Whitman on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 10-11 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 11AM. Burial will follow at St. James Cemetery in Whitman. Donations in Fr. Joe's memory may be made to Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, 558 South Ave., Weston, MA 02493 or to the Regina Cleri Residence, 60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton.