McFARLAND Rev. Msgr. Edward Joseph McFarland, died on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor. The son of Carl C. and Marie Moore McFarland, he was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 10, 1929. He graduated from Immaculate Conception School, Columbus, St. Charles High School and College, Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary, Norwood, Ohio and did graduate studies in Education at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He was ordained to the Priesthood May 28, 1955 by the Most Reverend Michael J. Ready. In 1992 he was named Monsignor when His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, bestowed upon him the title Prelate of Honor. Monsignor McFarland serve as assistant pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Mt. Vernon (1955-56); St. Peter Church, Chillicothe (1956-60). He served as Principal of Newark Catholic High School and Assistance Pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church, Newark (1961-65); Principal of Bishop Rosecrans High School and Assistant Pastor at St. Nicholas Church, Zanesville (1965-66); Assistant Principal of Bishop Watterson High School (1966); Principal of Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School (1966-69); Principal of St. Joseph High School, Dover and St. Mary High School, Dennison (1969-73); Principal of St. Francis de Sales High School, Columbus (1973-79). He was most grateful to have been a full time Priest/Principal in the Diocese. He served as Pastor of St. Pius X Church, Reynoldsburg (1979-90) and St. Matthew the Apostle Church, Gahanna (1990-99) when he retired. Throughout his active ministry, he served the Diocese of Columbus on several advisory boards and committees. During his retirement, he assisted at several parishes, most recently at Our Lady of Peace Church, Columbus. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 p.m. at EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST. Monsignor McFarland's Body will be received at Our Lady of Peace Church, 20 E. Dominion Blvd., Columbus Wednesday 7 p.m., where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until the funeral Mass, which will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Bishop Frederick F. Campbell will be the principal celebrant, Bishop James A. Griffin will concelebrate and Monsignor John G. Johnson will offer the homily. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery will take place after a luncheon following the funeral Mass. Friends who wish may contribute in Msgr.'s memory to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Peace Church.
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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, 2011.