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Updated: 02/28/2018 08:00:10AM

Father J. Peter Sheehan

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Father J. Peter Sheehan: born Sept. 24, 1926; ordained May 26, 1956; died Feb. 26, 2018.

Father Sheehan, a Catholic priest and a native Floridian, died at Good Shepherd Hospice after a brief illness. He was 91 and is survived by three nephews and five nieces. He was born in Miami, attended Gesu School, and later the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

His college studies were temporarily interrupted when he was tasked to serve as a member of the U.S. Army Occupation Forces in Marburg/Lahn, Germany.

After college, Father Sheehan studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore and was ordained in St. Anthony’s Church in Fort Lauderdale. He served in more than a half dozen parishes in Alabama, culminating in the position of Rector of St Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham from 1979-1991.

Father Sheehan had the honor to be appointed an Associate Director of Bishop’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 1973-1979.

During his life, he maintained a strong love for his family, his Irish heritage, and for his country. He enjoyed tennis, swimming, and was generously philanthropic to many well deserving organizations.

After his retirement, he moved to Sebring to be closer to his family. He was welcomed by the Pastor and the people of St Catherine Catholic Church, for whom he lovingly served in the role of an Assistant Priest his final 27 years.

Wake service will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Sebring.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2018 at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Sebring.

In lieu of flowers, kindly direct donations to Fraternus, 1824 E Main St., Suite J, Easley, South Carolina 29673 or via

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