Memorial Mass for Father Bob Nugent Scheduled

Father Robert Nugent, SDS

As many of you know, New Ways Ministry’s co-founder, Father Robert Nugent, SDS, passed away at the beginning of this month.  His funeral was held at St. John the Baptist Parish, New Freedom, Pennsylvania, where he spent more than 25 years of his priestly life, ministering with the community there until his retirement in June 2013.  He was buried in the parish cemetery.

New Ways Ministry will host a Memorial Mass for Fr. Bob, to which all are invited.  The details:

Sunday, February 2, 2014
1:00 p.m.
Whitefriars Hall Chapel
1600 Webster Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

A light reception will follow the liturgy until 4:00 p.m.  All are welcome. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 29th.  Phone: (301) 277-5674. Email: [email protected].

On January 17th, Fr. Bob’s community, the Salvatorians, held a memorial Mass for him in Milwaukee, where their U.S. headquarters are located, and where Fr. Bob passed away.  Because he was not buried in the Salvatorian Cemetery in Milwaukee, his name will appear on a stone pillar there which stands next to a statue of their founder, Fr. Francis Jordan, SDS.

The following are a list of  links to obituaries of Fr. Bob that appeared in the press around the nation:

Bondings 2.0, Francis DeBernardo, Jan. 2, 2014: “Father Robert Nugent, New Ways Ministry’s Co-Founder, Passes Into Eternal Life

Religion News Service, Kevin Eckstrom, Jan. 2, 2014:  “The Rev. Bob Nugent, Silenced for his work with Gay Catholics, dies at 76”

National Catholic Reporter, Tom C. Fox, Jan. 2, 2014: “New Ways Ministry Co-Founder Passes” 

Washington Blade, Lou Chibbaro, Jan. 2, 2014: “Robert Nugent,Co-Founder of LGBT Catholic Ministry, Dead at 76”

York Daily Record, John Hilton, Jan. 3, 2014: “The Rev. Robert Nugent, former New Freedom priest silenced for working with gay Catholics, dies at 76″ 

Religion Dispatches, Peter Montgomery, Jan. 3, 2014: RIP: Bishop Otis Charles and Rev. Robert Nugent” 

Los Angeles Times, Elaine Woo, Jan. 4, 2014: Father Robert Nugent dies at 76; priest who supported gays, lesbians”

New York Times, Paul Vitello, Jan. 9 2014:  “Rev. Robert Nugent, Priest Who Counseled Gay Catholics, Dies at 76″

National Catholic Reporter, Megan Fincher, Jan. 10, 2014:New Ways co-founder ‘was the archetype of a priest’ “

Washington Post, Emily Langer, Jan. 10, 2014: “The Rev. Robert Nugent, priest who ministered to gay Catholics, dies at 76 

Human Rights Campaign, Diane Martin, Jan. 14, 2014: HRC Honors Life, Legacy of Father Nugent”

May he rest in peace.

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry



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