Kurgan, Charles, O.Carm.|
The Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Order of Carmelites, mourns the death of the Reverend Charles Kurgan, O.Carm., who died at the age of 77 on November 21, 2016. Visitation for the Reverend Kurgan will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Saint Agnes Church, 1954 North 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85008. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, also at Saint Agnes Church, with cremation to follow. Father Charles was born to (the late) Frank Kurgan and (the late) Mary Gertrude (Redman) Kurgan on December 5, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. His name at baptism was Charles Francis Kurgan. He is survived by his brother Frank and by his sisters Patricia, Kathleen Hamby and Julie Flink, and his nieces and nephews. Charles graduated in 1956 from Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois. He entered the Carmelite pre-novitiate at Mount Carmel College in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and in 1958 entered the Carmelite novitiate in New Baltimore, Pennsylvania. He professed simple vows to the Carmelites in the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary on August 15, 1959, taking the religious name of Anselm. Charles earned a B.A. in Philosophy, studied Theology at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC, and on February 7, 1963, made his solemn profession with the Carmelites. He was ordained a deacon on February 12, 1965, and was ordained a priest on May 27, 1965. He went on to earn a M.A. in Liturgy as well as studying journalism, counseling and education. He began his ministry in September 1966 teaching and counseling at DeSales High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He went on to serve across the country in many capacities ranging from teaching moral theology and liturgy at the Kino Institute to being an intern therapist and student-teacher supervisor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He also served as assistant principal of academics at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona and supervisor of the drug rehabilitation program for the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services. In December 2006, Fr. Kurgan moved to St. Thérèse Priory in Phoenix, Arizona where he remained until his death. May he rest in peace. For further information on the Reverend
Charles Kurgan, O. Carm., or the Order of Carmelites contact Carmelite Media at (630) 971-0724 or visit the Carmelite website at www.carmelnet.org. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 23, 2016