CLEMENT, Monsignor Donald Patrick - Msgr. Clement passed away peacefully at Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017, in his 90th year.
The beloved former Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on June 19, 1927, and grew up in the Prescott area.
He received an engineering degree from Queen’s University in 1952, and worked in his chosen field until he entered St. Augustine’s Seminary in 1956. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kingston on May 28, 1961.
From 1961 until 1967, he served as Associate Pastor at St. John’s Parish, Kingston, and at St. Joseph’s Parish, Kingston. In 1972, he was appointed Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Kingston, where he served until 1984, when he was appointed Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Amherstview.
In 1990, he was made a Prelate of Honour (Monsignor), and that same year, he was appointed Rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. During his term as Rector, he oversaw an extensive restoration of the Cathedral.
Msgr. Clement held several administrative positions within the Archdiocese of Kingston: he was Dean of the Central Deanery, member of the College of Consultors, and member of both the Personnel Committee and the Finance Committee. He was also instrumental in the development of the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese. Msgr. Clement served six terms as Trustee of the Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Roman Catholic Separate School Board, from 1975-1988, including a term as Vice-Chair from 1981-82, and as Chair from 1983-1985.
He was a tireless worker on behalf of the Kingston community, helping to establish Martha’s Table in Kingston, and serving on the George Masoud Foundation, the United Way Campaign, and the Symbol of Faith and Heritage Campaigns. In retirement, he served as chaplain to the Sisters of Providence at their Motherhouse in Kingston and provided sacramental ministry at both Bath and Frontenac Correctional Institutions.
Msgr. Clement was predeceased by his parents, François Clement and Loretta (Carey) Clement, and by his sisters, Bernadette (late Fernand) Boivin and Françoise (late Ron) Bowden. He is survived and greatly missed by several nieces and nephews: Ann Boivin Kamp (Al), Christine Strocel (Ernie), John Boivin (Karen), Michael Boivin (Sharon), Mary Lou Mulvey (Mark), Andrea Howard, and their families.
A special thank you to the amazing and caring staff at Providence Motherhouse, Providence Manor and Kingston General Hospital.
Monsignor Clement will lie in state at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 279 Johnson Street, Kingston, Ontario, on Monday, March 20th from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 3:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21st at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with Rite of Committal and Prayers immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kingston. A reception will follow at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, 260 Brock Street, Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Priests’ Retirement Fund of the Archdiocese of Kingston would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted with Gordon F. Tompkins funeral homes, Kingston.