April 22, 2005 • Volume 13 Number15

Rev. Francis C. Mackin, SJ

Alumni chaplain emeritus Rev. Francis C. Mackin, SJ, dead at 85

A funeral Mass for Rev. Francis C. Mackin, SJ, chaplain emeritus of the Boston College Alumni Association and former vice president of Fordham University and pastor of St. Ignatius Church, was celebrated on Monday in St. Ignatius Church.

Fr. Mackin died on April 20 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 85.

A native of Newton Centre, Fr. Mackin entered the Society of Jesus on June 29, 1942 after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross. He was ordained on June 19, 1954 by Boston Archbishop Richard Cushing.

His first assignments were at Boston College, where he served as faculty member, dean, executive assistant to University President Michael P. Walsh, SJ and as a member of the University's Board of Trustees.

Fr. Mackin also was rector of the Cranwell School in Lenox, and for 12 years was provost and vice president of Fordham University. In 1983, he returned to the New England Province of the Society, where he was appointed pastor at St. Ignatius. He had been a Boston College alumni chaplain since 1989.

An outgoing and engaging person, Fr. Mackin loved to share his opinions and prognostications on a wide variety of subjects, including his Irish heritage, politics, sports, history, travel, the liturgy and his Church.

Fr. Mackin was the son of the late Margaret (Sullivan) and Jeremiah Mackin. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Kathleen Ring of Scotstown, County Monaghan, Ireland, 26 nieces and nephews and 43 grandnieces and nephews.

A wake will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. Burial will be at the Jesuit Cemetery in Weston, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Jesuit Memorial Fund, Campion Center, Weston, Mass. 02193.

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