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Rev. Donald J. Higgins, C.S.S.

Rev. Donald J. Higgins, C.S.S.
  • February 18, 1935 - May 18, 2019
  • Wellesley, Massachusetts

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“I knew Fr Higgins from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel Valley Ca where he visited and served on many occasions. He was such a beacon of light....Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Cahalan Stanley - Seaside, CA

“I will miss you more than I can convey. You never forgot your roots and always inspired others to be better. Heaven is lucky to have you home, I know...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Maggie Noll - Needham, MA

“Fr Higgins was a gentle soul who brought a sense of goodness in a world in turmoil. He will be greatly missed by the many he touched. Rest in peace,...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Dan Brennan - Needham, MA

“I worked with him during his time in Wellesley... he was always smiling and happy. I often found him playing the harmonica, he was quite good at it...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Luke Davison-Twomey - Boston, MA

“Father Higgins was to our family a guiding light of kindness and love. He was loved by all the Curtises of Eastern Point and beyond. He was always at...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: HARRY MANNING CURTIS - MA

“Dearest Fr. Higgins, You have been one of my closest friends for the past few years and you have been a great comfort in so many ways. Talking with...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Brooke Clifford - Boulder Creek, CA

“My father higgins I will always carry you in my heart I will always be grateful for the time we had together. Father higgins you thought I was...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Madeline crowley - Mansfield, MA

“I will miss you Uncle Father Don. I know you're at peace and filled with joy looking down at all of us. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Renee Boudreau - Orange, MA

“I only knew Father Higgins for a few months but somehow it seems like years. I was introduced to him by my wife and he and I boded quickly as he did...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph and Franca Zani - MA

“Father HigginsI will miss the wonderful gospel teaching. Outer Lord certainly gave you the special gift as your teachings were so wonderful to hear....Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Catherine Vasselin - Waltham, MA

“For my big brother that I got lucky enough to know.I loved you and was so happy when we would chat every week. Boy will I miss that. I know you are...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Amrhein - Plymouth, MA

“Dear Father Higgins, I feel so blessed to have known you. You blessed our home with your sweet spirit. Thank you for always thinking of others and...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Linsky - Carlsbad, CA

“I am a activity coordinator at elizabeth seton my name is madeline Crowley and I loved father higgins very much he was a special man I spent the last...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Madeline crowley - Mansfield, MA

The Reverend Donald Joseph Higgins, C.S.S.


The Reverend Donald J. Higgins, C.S.S., 84, died May 18, 2019, in Wellesley, Massachusetts in the 62nd year of his religious life and the 55th year of his priesthood. He had been lovingly cared for at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Residence.

Father Higgins was born in Boston on February 18, 1935, the son of the late Joseph F. and Margaret (Wilson) Higgins and attended public schools until entering the Stigmatine Minor Seminary in 1949, then located in Waltham. Father Higgins would make his first religious profession as a member of the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers on June 22, 1956. He attended Catholic University in Washington D.C. where he studied philosophy and theology and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. Father Higgins was ordained in Springfield, Massachusetts by the Most Reverend Christopher Weldon on June 8, 1964.

Father Higgins had various pastoral assignments in both the United States and Canada. Among them were as a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Milford, MA; Saint Ann's Parish, West Springfield, MA; All Saints Parish, Manassas, VA; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, White Plains, NY; Sacred Heart Parish, Waltham, MA; and Sacred Heart Parish, Timmins, Ontario. From 1965-1968 he served the Stigmatine Community as Vocation Director.

Father Higgins had a deep and abiding devotion to our Blessed Mother. It was this spirituality that led him to devote himself as a spiritual director and confessor for many years. This also led him to further theological studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome and from there to spend the final 30 years of his priesthood preaching retreats and parish missions. Only physical disability prevented him continuing in active ministry the last three years.

Father Higgins is survived by his brothers Joseph G. Higgins of St. George, UT, Robert E. Higgins of Elizabeth, CO, and Michael J. Cuozzo of Indian Orchard, MA; his sisters Mrs. Carol A. Toupence of Enfield CT, Mrs. Margaret Boudreau of Heath, MA, and Linda Amrhein of Plymouth, MA. Father Don also leaves several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial for Father Higgins will be at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5 East Main Street, Milford, MA on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. A calling hour will precede the Funeral Mass from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Following Mass Father Higgins will be interred at the Stigmatine plot, which is part of Sacred Heart Cemetery, Medway Road (Rte. 109), Milford, MA.