Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rest In Peace: Monsignor Patrick J. Trainor

This holy man was my Pastor and I was his alter boy.


Monsignor Patrick J. Trainor

October 22, 1917 - February 07, 2009

TRAINOR, Monsignor Patrick, age 91, Pastor Emeritus of St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach, went home to the Lord Saturday, February 7, 2009, at his residence attended by those who loved and cared for him. Born in the Bronx, New York at an early age following his father's death, the family returned to Ireland. Monsignor Trainor was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Augustine, June 18, 1944 at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cavan Co., Ireland. He came to Florida in 1945 and served parishes in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Coral Gables, where he also taught school for five years, before his arrival December 1, 1953 at St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach, to serve as pastor. He held that office until his retirement in 1989. At the request of Bishop Joseph Hurley, Pope John XXIII granted his being named a Monsignor and in 1988 at the request of Bishop W. Thomas Larkin he was elevated to Monsignor Protonotary Apostolic (P.A.) by Pope John Paul II. Monsignor Trainor's love, support and enthusiasm for Catholic education is evidenced in the growth and excellence of St. John Vianney Catholic School and those elementary schools in Pinellas County he watched being built. He assisted Archbishop Hurley in building St. Petersburg Catholic High School in 1957, then known as Bishop Barry High School. In 1998 the Monsignor Patrick Trainor Media Center at St. Petersburg Catholic High School was dedicated to him for his commitment and many contributions. He loyally served the diocese in other positions: Chairman of the Board of Catholic Charities, Judge of the Tribunal, Consultor and Episcopal Vicar for Pinellas Deaneries. Surviving him are his sister, Sister Mary Winifrede Trainor, age 93, sister-in-law Mrs. Rita Trainor, his cousin, Monsignor Edward Mulligan and two nieces, Rosaland O'Brien and Nuala Diffley, 2 nephews, Edward and Kevin Trainor , 6 great nephews and 4 great nieces. The Reception of Monsignor Trainor's body and visitation will be Thursday, February 12, 2009 from 3:30PM to 7:15PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 445 82nd Ave, St. Pete Beach with evening prayer service at 7:30PM. Funeral Mass will be Friday, February 13th at 11:00AM at the church. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to St. John Vianney Catholic School. Brett Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

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conneely said...

Iam only now learning about this kind man .my dad william Burns son of molly Trainor cousin to the dear Monsignor Patrick Trainor my dad told me a lovely story the other day about patrick that he rememberd as a child they lived in castlewellan co down ireland as a young boy he was walking home from school when a black car pulled up longside him and asked could you tell me where molly Trainor lives he told the man thats my mammy and showed him the house as the man walked in the house my nan and patrick looked at each other my father said there faces were so happy my nan got the best china out and home made biscuts in those days we used a ladder to get to the upper room and there he climbed to see my dad swinging on the step as if he was going to fall and making my dad laugh with joy a few weeks later a big van arrived at my dads homr with loads of crates inside with food and clothes and some toys my dad said what a day that was my nan said to my dad what sweet wee man for thinking of us like this she died in 1950 a couple of years after that she burried near ballywillwill Iam only learning the computor and i said to my dad I will try and find out about patrick but he was so sad today when i told him he had passed away only a few months ago oh brigid he said if only i had told you the story sooner I would have traveled to see him we live in cobh co cork now as my father left down a young man to join the navy he met my mam mary now passed away RIP in june 2007 what i would like if anyone that is reading this is either related to patrick are know them if they could let them know my dad would love some pictures of him are contact by post Patrick Trainor Dear and kind man RIP FOREVER IN THE LORDS ARMS AMEN OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS GO TO HIM AND ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS kind regards bBrigid conneely 60 rusell heights cobh co cork are you can contact me at

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