“Come good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Mt 25:21). On December 11th, 2013 in the early hours of the morning, Fr. Gerard G. Furlan, a member of the Xaverian Missionaries, passed away. The previous day, while walking on the grounds of Fatima Shrine, Holliston MA, he fell backwards and hit his head very hard on the asphalt. Fr Jerry was in a coma resulting from the head trauma, from which he never recovered. He received the Sacrament of Anointing, while his confreres, the Xaverian missionary sisters and a friend were at his hospital bed side praying till the end. Fr. Jerry is now with God.
Fr. Jerry’s missionary service took him from Italy, his country of birth to the USA where he was ordained in 1958, to Indonesia (1967 – 1973), and to Sierra Leone West Africa (1980 – 2000) and back to the USA.
Besides serving the Holliston community he continued to be active in pastoral ministry at local area parishes and especially at the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham until his death. He is survived by his brother Enoch and by nephews and nieces all living in Italy. This faithful and tireless worker for the Gospel now rests in God.
The Mass of Resurrection was celebrated at the Fatima Shrine, Monday, December 16th followed by burial in the Xaverian community cemetery there.