Funeral services will be held in Massachusetts this week for a popular Catholic priest who was responsible for bringing Mother Teresa’s Missionary Sisters of Charity to Jenkins.
A Mass of Christian Burial for the Rev. Edward L. Randall, OMI, 87, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, Mass. Father Randall died Oct. 2 in Tewksbury after a long illness. He had served in Letcher County for 28 years.
Father Randall was ordained a priest in 1950. After assignments in Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Georgia, he came to St. George’s in Jenkins and Holy Angels in McRoberts in 1980.
A memorial mass for Father Randall will be held at St. George’s on Oct. 18.
Father Randall was well known in Letcher County, having taught many art classes. Father Randall was responsible for bringing Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Jenkins for a widely publicized visit in June 1982. At the personal request of Mother Teresa, Father Randall also traveled to Albania to preach a retreat for her nuns.
In 2008, Father Randall retired to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence and Infirmary in Tewksbury.
Born in Lowell, Mass., he was a son of the late George and Margaret Linnehan Randall. He is survived by three sisters, Sr. Miriam Randall of Pecos, N.M.; Sr. Frances Randall of Manchester, Conn.; and Margaret Madden of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a brother, William Randall and wife Gail of Atascadero, Calif. He was preceded in death by three brothers, David Randall, Bro. Kenny Randall and Fr. Timothy Randall.
Burial will be in the Oblate Cemetery in Tewskbury.
Donations in memory of Fr. Randall may be made to the Oblate Infirmary Fund, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, Mass., 01876- 2849. The McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home, 327 Hildreth Street, Lowell Mass., 01850 is in charge of arrangements. Persons wishing to leave condolences may visit www.mckennaouellette.com