Duluth’s ‘Father Pat’ diesMsgr. Patrick McDowell, 81, a longtime downtown Duluth priest who oversaw three inner-city parishes and who was an advocate of the poor, died Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Msgr. Patrick McDowell, 81, a longtime downtown Duluth priest who oversaw three inner-city parishes and who was an advocate of the poor, died Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The rotund, affable priest was the parish vicar at Center City Catholic Churches in Duluth that included St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. Peter’s and Our Lady of Mercy. He also was pastor of Duluth’s St. Benedict’s Parish in Kenwood and later served at parishes in Virginia and Cook.
McDowell was praised today by St. Louis County Commissioner Steve O’Neill, who called the priest a "giant advocate for the poor."
McDowell was instrumental in development of the 24-hour Holy Innocents Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Mary Star of the Sea, which McDowell dedicated in his strident efforts against abortion.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 E. 4th St. in Duluth. Visitation will continue at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by Dougherty Funeral Home.
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