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Services announced for Fr. Wilbur Atwood S.S.J.

Fr. Atwood will be funeralized at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Monday, March 26, 2018. The Viewing will be from 8:00 am – 10:30 am, Rosary at 10:30 am, and the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. The internment will be at St. Louis No. 3 cemetery, Josephite Crypt.  
 


Fr Atwood Father Wilbur Joseph Atwood, S.S.J., passed to a new life on St. Joseph Feast Day, 2018. A longtime teacher and staff member at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, he would have celebrated his ninetieth birthday on June 1, and his sixtieth year in the priesthood on June 15, of this year.
 
Wilber J. Atwood was born on June 1, 1928, in Great Barrington, MA. He was the third child of George and Mary Hart-Atwood and was baptized in the local St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Educated in the town’s public schools, he entered St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart, minor seminary in Newburgh, NY, in 1949 following high school graduation in 1946. He continued through the novitiate year and in 1952 entered St. Joseph Seminary in Washington, DC.
 
After philosophical and theological studies, he was ordained to the priesthood
on June 15, 1958, by Bishop John McNamara, in the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
                                                                  
His first assignment was to Holy Family Parish in Natchez, Mississippi, as a parochial vicar, Father also taught in the parish’s Saint Francis High School.
Two years later, in 1960, he received an appointment to teach at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans and that was to last until illness forced his retirement in 2017.
 
Over a span of 57 years, that assignment covered a number of positions. In addition to classroom teaching, he served several terms as vice-rector and as rector of the Josephite Faculty House. In 1985 he became the high school librarian which he fondly treasured through its expansion into a new and spacious setting in 2005.
 
Fr. Atwood continued schooling and gained his M.A. He also served as director of finance at the school. While remaining in his teaching position, Fr. Atwood resided and assisted in several New Orleans parishes. Having served sixty years of priesthood and ninety years of life, may the many students and persons he encountered prosper in wisdom and love. May almighty God grant you peace.
 
Fr. Atwood will be funeralized at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Monday, March 26, 2018. The Viewing will be from 8:00 am – 10:30 am, Rosary at 10:30 am, and the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. The internment will be at St. Louis No. 3 cemetery, Josephite Crypt.