• Date Of Birth: April 15, 1936
  • Date Of Death: May 18, 2016
  • State: Montana

Monsignor Donald W. Shea died on May 17, 2016 at Brendan House.  He was born in Butte, Montana on April 15, 1936 to Ed and Agnes Shea.  After studies at Carroll College and the St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, he was ordained for the Diocese of Helena on June 2, 1962.  He assisted at Little Flower Parish in Browning, and then served at the Cathedral of St. Helena for three years.  In 1965, he became assistant pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Butte.  One year later, he was released to serve as an Army Chaplain.

The Army Chaplaincy took Msgr. Shea to many places in the United States and to Vietnam, South Korea, Panama, and Europe.

He earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma; a master’s in education from Long Island University; and a master’s in personnel management from Central Michigan University.

Following his military chaplaincy, he returned to the Diocese of Helena in 1999 and later assigned as pastor for Butte Catholic Community North.  In 2003, he began service as pastor of St, Catherine Parish and Blessed John Paul II Parish in Bigfork.  In terms of church distinctions, he was named a Prelate of Honor (monsignor) in 1992 and a Protonotary Apostolic (supernumerary) in 2002.

He is survived by his brother Ed and sister-in-law Kari, and a niece and nephews.

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