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Marist Brother Kenneth Curtin, 68

Began and ended his ministry as a religious at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami

Monday, February 04, 2013
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic

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Marist Brother Kenneth Curtin, 68, who died Feb. 3, worked at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami from 1993 until last year.
BRONX | A funeral Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx on Thursday, Feb. 7, for Marist Brother Kenneth Curtin, who served as campus minister and admissions director at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami until last year.

Brother Kenneth, 68, a member of the Marist Brothers of the Schools for 50 years, died Feb. 3 at Champagnat Hall in the Bronx. He had been ill since last year.

He entered the Marist Brothers Juniorate in Esopus, N.Y. in 1961 and professed first vows in 1964. After completing his religious and academic studies at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he began his ministry at Columbus in the Archdiocese of Miami, where he worked from 1967 to 1971. He then went to teach at St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, N.Y., and at Union Catholic High School and Marist High School in Bayonne, in the Archdiocese of Newark. He then worked in the Archdiocese of New York as director of the Marist Brothers’ Retreat House in Esopus and pastoral associate at St. Malachy’s Actors Chapel in New York City.

In 1993, he returned to Columbus and remained there until last year, when, due to his illness, he moved to the Marist Brothers’ Champagnat Hall community in the Bronx. Burial will take place Friday, Feb. 8, in the Marist Brothers’ Cemetery in Esopus. Sympathy messages may be sent care of Christopher Columbus High School, 3000 S.W. 87 Ave., Miami, FL 33165. 

Comments from readers

ERNIE Q - 2/5/2013 10:22 AM
In the couple of years that I taught at Columbus, the Marist Brothers eventually taught me that I was there to teach students, not subjects. Br. Ken exemplified that ideal. Each of the Marist Brothers and fellow faculty I met were special. Br. Eugene and Br. Edmund were the pulsating brains. Br. Joe Teston was full of wisdom and inspiration (especially with his stories about the Philippines). Br. Pat was the beloved and enigmatic leader. And Br. Ken... man, his heart was so full of love, compassion, and kindness... Thanks for everything, Br. Ken. I was never one of your students, but as a colleague for a couple of year, you taught me a lot about being a loving person. Eternal rest, grant him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
ROBERT C. - 2/4/2013 4:00 PM
One of the first people I met as a freshman in August of 1993. As Dr. Morales wrote, he had many possible attributes which he shared with each student he encountered. He was someone who never said "no" to anyone. In addition, brother ken was very supportive of our athletic programs, no matter what the team was going through. He at almost every home game. Brother ken was a true explorer!

Robert
CARLOTA E. MORALES, ED. D. - 2/4/2013 2:43 PM
Dear community of Christopher Columbus High School,
Please, accept our deepest sympathy. His many positive attributes will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.
Carlota E. Morales, Ed. D. and the community of Sts. Peter and Paul School
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