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Nov 22, 2017

We lost a good friend and beloved pastor this week with the death of Fr. Gerry Creedon, pastor of Holy Family Church in Dale City. He died Nov. 16 from complications following heart surgery. He was 73. Originally from County Cork, Ireland, the fourth of 14 children was ordained a priest for the Richmond Diocese in 1968. He served in parishes in Alexandria, McLean and Arlington before being assigned to start the diocesan mission in Bánica, Dominican Republic, in 1995. Living among the Dominicans on the remote frontier on the Haitian border, the dynamic priest re-established a relationship between the church and the community. His impact on the small Caribbean nation will likely never fully realized. As much as the Dominicans loved their Irish priest, he found a home and sustenance there bringing the sacraments to the people in the rugged far-off corners, and working to mobilize the community for much-needed advancements.