Reverend Paul David Burns, C.S.S., S.T.L., M.A., of Framingham, died Monday, March 6, 2023 in Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. He was 87.
Father Burns was born in Cambridge on September 8, 1935, a son of the late Alfred and Margaret (McDonnell) Burns. He was raised in Watertown and entered the Stigmatine Seminary in Waltham and Wellesley in 1949 and graduated in 1956. After that he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Catholic University in Washington in 1963 and his Master’s degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York two years later.
He made is first religious profession on June 22, 1956 and his perpetual profession on the same date in 1959. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1963 in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Philp Hannan.
His assignments included teaching at the Stigmatine Seminary in Wellesley, Director of the Espousal Retreat House in Waltham, Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Feeding Hills, Mass., Pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Woodbridge, Virgnia, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Milford and Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Springfield. In 2010 he retired to the Stigmatine Residence in Waltham.
He leaves his siblings, Donald (wife: Mary) of Billerica and Barbara of Wells, Maine and in addition to his Stigmatine community, Father Paul is survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
He was also a brother of the late Alfred, Richard and William Burns, and Beverly Strang.
Family and friends will honor and remember Father Paul’s life by gathering for Visitation on Monday, March 13th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 5 East Main Street, Milford, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Milford.