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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Obituary for The Rev. Father Frederick F. Masad

The Reverend Frederick F. Masad was born on October 9, 1934 in Columbia, SC, the first child of Frederick F. Masad and Cathleen Metz Masad. He graduated in 1952 from Bishopville High School before entering St. Bernard Seminary in Cullman, Alabama, from which he graduated in 1956. He then entered the Theological College at Catholic University of America to complete his studies. He was ordained a priest at St. Peter Parish in Columbia, the church of his baptism, on May 21, 1960. 

A beloved highlight of his ministerial career was as a teacher of history at Bishop England High School in Charleston from 1962 to 1971. Father Masad served in numerous parishes over the course of his fifty-four years of priesthood. These included pastorates at St. Mary in Hartsville, St. Anthony in Florence, Our Lady of the Hills in Columbia, St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach, and, closing out his career, at St. John Neumann in Columbia, at which he served twenty-two years as Pastor and four years as Pastor Emeritus.

He is survived by his brother, Cleve Masad (Brittmarie) of Petaluma, California; niece, Jolene Masad; nephew, Marquan Masad; great nephew, Bradin Masad; sister-in-law, Jaffra Masad; and by his cousin, Bette Blankenship of Columbia. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Masad.

A Vigil Prayer Service followed by visitation will be held on Sunday, July 20 at 7:30 P.M. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church (100 Polo Road, Columbia). Rev. C. Alexander McDonald will preside with Rev. D. Anthony Droze as homilist.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 21 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Rev. Msgr. Richard D. Harris, V.G. will preside with Rev. C. Alexander McDonald as homilist.

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