Father Philip Hart, CSP, dies

January 22, 2014

A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered for Father Philip William Hart, CSP, on Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood. Interment will take place in Montreal, Quebec. Father Hart died yesterday, Jan. 22. He was a member of the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle, the Paulist Fathers, for more than 40 years.

Father Hart was born on Aug. 16, 1941 in Montreal to Philip W. and Kathleen Johnson Hart. He maintained his Canadian citizenship and spoke French and English. After making his first promise with the Paulist Fathers on June 15, 1968, Father Hart was ordained on May 5, 1973 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan, the Paulist mother church.

Make a gift in memory of Fr. Hart Father Hart held a certificate of education from St. Joseph Teacher’s College in Montreal, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist seminary in Washington, D.C. After his priestly ordination, Father Hart served at St. Peter’s Church in Toronto from May 1973 to August 1973, when he entered campus ministry at McGill University in Montreal.

He left McGill in September 1977 to serve as a campus minister at Boston University. Father Hart continued to serve in campus ministry when he served at St. Mark’s University Parish at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, Calif., from 1978-82. In 1982, Father Hart ministered outside of the Paulist community in several parishes in southern California and as a chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Anaheim, Calif., and parishes in Quebec.

Returning to Paulist ministry in 2000, Father Hart served St. Peter’s Parish in Toronto for three years before becoming a hospital chaplain while living at the Paulist residence in New York City beginning in 2003. In 2006, he went into senior ministry in Anaheim, Calif., until his death.