Fr Pat McLaughlin: Amiable Redemptorist priest died suddenly after celebrating Mass
Fr Pat McLaughlin was a popular Redemptorist priest who served for the last decade in the St Gerard's parish on the outskirts of north Belfast.
Born in October 1954, he grew up on the Falls Road, close to the Redemptorist community at Clonard Monastery.
After leaving school he worked in the maintenance/supply department of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
He entered the Redemptorists formation programme in Cluain Mhuire, Galway in 1973 and was professed in St Joseph’s, Dundalk five years later.
He spent two years gaining pastoral experience in the Philippines before being ordained in Dublin in 1983, and appointed to Dundalk as a member of the parish mission team.
Fr McLaughlin then served as chaplain in St Clement’s College, Limerick from 1990 to 2001, as chaplain to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda for five years, and as chaplain in Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin from 2007 to 2011.
It was then he began his appointment as curate in the Redemptorist parish of St Gerard, his final posting before his sudden death.
He had just celebrated 9.30am Mass on the morning of July 14 when he collapsed on entering the sacristy and died from a major heart attack.
"A good and faithful servant, Pat was an amiable confrere and very well accepted by the parishioners and people in general," the order said.
After Requiem Mass in St Gerard's, Fr McLaughlin was interred in Milltown Cemetery.
He is survived by a sister, Maura, and family circle.