Obituary: The Reverend Doctor Brian A. Shaw, 73, of Milford

The Reverend Doctor Brian A. Shaw, 73, of Milford, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at his home.

Born in Meriden, September 14, 1939, the son of the late Julia Catherine Balasa and Thomas F. Shaw, Father Shaw attended Saint Stanislaus School, Meriden, and Saint John Kanty Prep School, Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1960 and continued his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary at Saint Bonaventure, New York, where he pursued his graduate studies.

He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 19, 1966, by the Most Reverend Henry J. O’Brien, Archbishop of Hartford, in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. In 1977 Father Shaw received his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Psychology from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

Father Shaw served as a temporary assistant at Saint Mary in Meriden and then as Assistant Pastor at Saint Matthew Parish in Forestville from 1966 until 1971, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville from 1971 until 1977, and at Holy Cross Parish in New Britain from 1977 until 1980. He was named Co-Pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven in 1980 where he served until 1986 when he was appointed Temporary Administrator of SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Wallingford.

On February 2, 1987, Father Shaw was named Pastor of Saint Stanislaus in Bristol where he served until he was named Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain on September 14, 2003. Then on June 30, 2008, Father Shaw was named Pastor of Saint Ann Parish in Milford where he served until his death.

Father Shaw served as Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Tinto Council #47 and was Chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Bridgeport, Division #1. He was also a proud member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.

Survivors include his brother, Michael Shaw and his wife, Laura of Cromwell, Connecticut. Father Shaw’s body will lie in state at Saint Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, on Friday, August 23, 2013, from 3:00-7:00 P.M., with a Parish Mass to follow at 7:00 P.M. On Saturday, August 24, 2013, The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Ann Church, Milford, followed by burial in Saint Stanislaus Cemetery, Meriden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saint Ann Foundation, in care of Saint Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT 06460.

The Gregory F. Doyle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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