Funeral services for Monsignor James Lavin will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Overflow seating will be available in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium.
Lavin, 93, devoted his life to serving the St. Thomas community. He had suffered from congestive heart failure and died of natural causes Monday, Sept. 17, at the Little Sisters of the Poor residence near downtown St. Paul.
Archbishop John Nienstedt will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial; homilist will be Father James Stromberg, professor emeritus and retired member and former chair of the university’s Philosophy Department.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home, 575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul.
Following Friday’s funeral service, a reception will be held in the field house of Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex.
Lavin is survived by six nieces and nephews: Carolyn (Chuck) Dutrow, Michael (Kay) Lavin, Patrick (Annie) Lavin, Kathleen (Richard) Johnson, Thomas (Angela) O’Brien and Michael (Mary) O’Brien.
Memorials can be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor or two University of St. Thomas funds: the Peanut Butter and Jelly Fund or the Monsignor James Lavin Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Parking information and lot closure
Those coming to the funeral Friday morning are asked to park on the university’s south campus (south of Summit Avenue and west of Cretin Avenue). Enter the campus at the intersection of Grand and Cretin avenues. Complementary parking for those attending the funeral will be available in the Anderson Parking Facility, located at that intersection.
A shuttle bus will run from south campus to the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Lot G, located on north campus and just north of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, will be closed starting at 2 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. It will reopen at approximately 1 p.m.