The Rev. John L. Durkin

AMENIA — The Rev. John Lawrence Durkin, 79, a 10-year resident of Viera, Fla., and formerly of Amenia and Goshen, N.Y., and the Bronx, N.Y., passed away on May 6, 2019, at Health First Viera Hospital in Melbourne, Fla. 

The Rev. Durkin was the beloved pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia  for 21 years. 

Born on Sept. 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Anna Mae (O’Carrol) and John L. Durkin.  

A Class of 1960 graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, he later attended St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, N.Y., and graduated in 1967. 

On May 27, 1967, the Rev. Durkin received the Rite of Ordination in Christ’s holy Catholic Church. 

Following his ordination, Rev. Durkin served as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York as associate pastor of St. Frances de Chantel Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx, from 1967 to 1970.  

On Sept. 10, 1970, he was appointed to the faculty at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.  In 1982, he joined the faculty of St. John S. Burke High School in Goshen.  

On Aug. 27, 1988, the Rev. Durkin was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Amenia, and served the parish for 21 years. Following his retirement to Viera in 2009, the Rev. Durkin served as an assistant priest at St. John the Evangelist in Viera for six years and resided with his cousin, Joan Egan.

Rev. Durkin is survived by a brother, Brian Durkin of Mount Arlington, N.J.; three sisters, Mary Ann Nordhauser of Melbourne, Lorraine Pagliocca of Goshen and Joan Farone of Fullerton, Calif.; a cousin, Joan Egan of Viera; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William C. Durkin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 14 at the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 4 Lavelle Road, Amenia, NY 12501.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Hufcut Funeral Home in Dover Plains. 

To send the family an online condolence, go to www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.