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April 25, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 13


photo: Father Alistair McKay
Father Alistair McKay

Fr. Alistair McKay, CSsR, dies at 70

Father Alistair McKay, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Salem since July 2014, died April 16 in Salem after an illness of several months under Hospice care. He was 70.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, who presided at Mass of Christian Burial April 23 at the Salem church, had visited him last month.

Born in Scotland Feb. 18, 1946, Father McKay worked in London in the business world before beginning theological studies to become a priest. He was ordained for the Redemptorist Fathers July 6, 1975 and was still a member of that religious community’s Baltimore Province when he died.

His first assignment as a new priest was in Rhodesia. When he celebrated his 40th anniversary as a priest, he pointed out that just slightly more than half that time he had served in the South African missions for 21 years.

In 1979 he was transferred to mission territory near the Botswana border and spent 18 years in Rustenburg, traveling among several villages.

In the midst of all the political upheaval and violence he witnessed, Father McKay said he focused on the missionary work that is at the heart of life amongRedemptorist priests.

“I was fine, I was young,” he said in an article on him in The Catholic Virginian on his 40th anniversary as a priest.

“I performed a lot of baptisms, brought people into the Church,” he said. “That’s what we were there for,”

Father McKay came to the Diocese of Richmond in 2005 and spent three years (2005-2008) as parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s in Hampton.

He was appointed pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News, in 2008 and held that post until 2011.

After a year with the Redemptorists in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., he returned to the Diocese of Richmond where he was named pastor of St. John’s, Highland Springs, an assignment he had until 2014.


Norfolk student receives full tuition scholarship

Caitlin Head, a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Norfolk and a senior homeschool student with the Mother of Divine Grace School, has been awarded a Father Michael Scanlan Scholarship from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The scholarship covers full tuition for four years of study, beginning in the fall of fall 2016.

Caitlin, who plans to study philosophy at Franciscan University, received one of two Scanlan Scholarships after competing against 73 top-performing students from 31 states on February 12.

She is an active member of LifeTeen youth group, plays varsity soccer, and attends K.E.Y.S. co-op in Chesapeake.

Participants in this invitation-only competition came from Franciscan University’s top tier of academically qualified students admitted for fall 2016 and included candidates from the top high schools in the nation. Students were required to submit a portfolio and video about themselves, write an essay, be interviewed by a panel of faculty, staff, and religious, and participate in a group activity.

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