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“These are the hands of a quite man, safe home uncle Joe x ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Paula - Dublinwy5kr - Niece

“I got to know Uncle Joe when he came home to bury my Jim and Kitty. He earned a special place in my heart. Joe you will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 24 | Posted by: Niall - Dublin - Uncle

“I entered the Capuchin novitiate in 1962 and Fintan was my Asssitant Novice Master. When my father died in January 1963, Fintan was the one who...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Peter Rodgers - Dublin, Ireland

“Fr. Fintan, Uncle Joe. A loving and much loved Uncle. We always loved your trips home each summer to Ireland. You were such a treasured member of the...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: David obo Sally - Dublin Ireland

“We met you as Fr. Fintan, but after a very short time you became one of our family and were just Joe. You were there for us through many of our...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Claudette & Jim Main - CA

“To the Family of Father Fintan: I remember him from my time at OLA and always appreciated speaking with him. May the Lord give you peace at this...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Sister Jean Evans - Burlingame, CA

“I met Br. Fintan at Burlingame, CA last year and, with the other postulants, continued to talk with him at Mercy Center every other Thursday....Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Alexander Rodriguez OFM Cap.

“One of the finest men I have ever met and I know now I will get into heaven because he will pull me through. What a holy and honest truest friend I...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Betty Hinkens - Lompoc, CA

“Fr. Fintan may you enjoy light and freedom in the arms of God! ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Fr. Miguel - Burlingame, CA

“Rest in Peace Joe. You are such a kind, loving man whom we all enjoyed to spend time with. You will be sadly missed by all xxx ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Elissa - Ireland. - Family

“Dear joe, how kind you were to me and Paula when we lost mum and dad. I will never forget your love and kindness. You are at peace up there with them...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Denise Hayden - Dublin - Niece

“Peace to all! Besides being my fellow Capuchin Franciscan Friar, Fr. Fintan was my high school chemistry and physics teacher, as well the head of our...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Fr. Bobby Barbato ofm cap. - CA

“Joe,so shocked to hear you have left us .i will always remember fondly our chats about you and your brothers jimmy,pete(DAD),and fran and all the...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: peter whelan - slane - nephew

“Uncle Joe, My childhood memories of your summers spent with us at 109 Dowland Rd are many, mam taking out the 'fusssy cups' only to be used because...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Maleady - co wicklow ireland

“Fond memories of Uncle Joe's visits to Kinvara Road and Garristown and of how well he officiated at family events, both happy and sad. R.I.P.Yvonne...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Yvonne Whelan - Niece

“Joe we have very happy memories of you each year you came to Ireland you were a lovely man and priest and always very kind to us we will miss you....Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: josie Jack and family

“Rest in Peace Snow - we will always be grateful for having had you in our lives - thank you for a lifetime of love, knowledge, stories and above all...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Vivien Duffin - Dublin - Niece

“Fond memories Joe of family gatherings over the years. We will all miss your gentle way r.i.p. with Pete Cora Jim Mary Francis. Maureen ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Maureen - Trim, MA

“Wonderful childhood memories of a special uncle that played hurling with us in our garden and always had time for fun with his nephews and nieces. A...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: NUALA WHELAN - Dublin, CA - Niece

“For you Joe - always loved, never forgotten xxx His Journey's Just Begun Don't think of him as gone away his journey's just begun, life holds so...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Emma - Dublin - Family

“always remembered great hurling stories of jimmy, fran and peter from joe... r.i.p with your brothers and sisters , john whelan x ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: john whelan - ireland - nephew

“Rest in peace uncle Joe. Loved so much and sadly missed. "Go mbeire muid bro at an am seo aris" Paula, Dave & Emma ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Paula Harrison - Dublin - Niece

“Uncle Joe you have always been a huge part of my life since I was a child and you were there for me when I needed you as an adult. I will miss and...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Clare Maleady - Dublin Ireland

“I will miss you Uncle Joe-I have always admired your tremendous faith and service. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Gerard Whelan - Huntington Beach, CA


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Fr. Fintan Patrick Whelan was born in Dublin, Ireland on December 20, 1930 the son of Peter Whelan and Elizabeth Byrne. His baptismal name was Patrick Joseph. He entered the Capuchin Order on October 3, 1953 at Rochestown where he received the habit and made his Solemn Vows on October 4, 1957 at St. Bonaventure's in Cork. He was ordained on September 24, 1960 at Ards Co. Donegal.
Before he entered the Capuchin Order he received a Bachelor degree in engineering in 1953 from University College Dublin. He then received a Master of Arts degree in 1957 from University College Cork. After his ordination Fr. Fintan was sent to Rome for post-ordination studies and received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University in 1962 and after his return to Ireland he became Vice-Master of Novices in 1962 at Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1965 he was sent to San Lorenzo Novitiate in Santa Ynez, CA where he worked as Novice Master until 1968. Subsequently, he worked as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg, Oregon until 1970. For the following twelve years he was a teacher at St. Francis High School in La Cañada, CA as well as Guardian, and Definitor. In 1982 he was assigned to Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame as Associate Pastor for three years and later on for six years as Pastor and Guardian. In 1989 he received a Doctorate in Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation at Notre Dame, Indiana. Fr. Fintan went back to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1991 as an Associate Pastor at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. For the next seven years he was in residence in Burlingame and Bend and then he returned to the Santa Ynez Valley, this time to San Lorenzo Friary. For the last few years he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Burlingame, CA. His last few months were spent at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland, CA where he received wonderful care. Fr. Fintan died peacefully at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland on August 10, 2012.
He is survived by his sister Harah Duffin. His predeceased brothers and sisters are: Mary Maleady, Sister Bonaventure (Kathleen Whelan), Fran Whelan, Peter Whelan and Jimmy Whelan. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.
Fr. Fintan's funeral arrangements are as follows: Rosary is Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm at Our Lady of Angels Church, 1721 Hillside Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday August 16, 2012 at 11 am also at Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame. Burial is at 5:00 pm on Friday August 17, 2012 at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez, CA 93460.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Fr. Fintan Whelan to the Capuchin Franciscan Foundation for Retired Friars, 1345 Cortez Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010.