FALL RIVER: Reverend Manuel Peter Ferreira, 90, passed away on Sunday, September 06, 2020 at Charlton Memorial Hospital, after a period of declining health.
Father Ferreira was ordained as a diocesan priest by Bishop Connolly on April 02, 1960 at the cathedral.
He was born in Provincetown to John and Genevieve (Santos) Ferreira on January 24, 1930. He attended grammar and high school in Provincetown. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Midway from 1948-51.
He then attended St. Mary's Seminary in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
He ministered in a number of diocesan parishes prior to retirement: St. Elizabeth's in Fall River; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. John the Baptist and Immaculate Conception Church, all in New Bedford, and St. Anthony in Taunton.
Father Ferreira also served as a notary and advocate for the Diocesan Tribunal. He was a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, and served as Dean of the New Bedford Deanery. He also was Taunton area director of the Catholic Charities Appeal and was chaplain American Legion Post 1 in New Bedford, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Prince Henry Society.
He is survived by his sister Elaine Kathleen Ferreira Cowart of Myrtle Beach, SC, nieces Cindi Cowart Campbell of Little River, SC and Wendy Cowart Morris (deceased spouse Les Morris) of Jupiter, FL, nephew Carl Douglas Cowart and spouse Patty of Huntsville, AL, great-nephew Joshua Craig Campbell and son Jonah of Leland, NC, great-niece Lindsay Genevieve Campbell Ashley and spouse Brian and their sons Shaw and Lochlan, as well as several very special cousins, extended family, and friends.
Father Manny dearly loved his family, spending time in Provincetown, MA at his “home away from home” with his late cousin, Gordon and his wife Beverly Ferreira, his Portuguese heritage, good food, good music, a corny joke, a walk among the dunes at his beloved beach, his Country, writing homilies and poems, visiting the sick and praying with them and for them, and a good belly laugh. But above all else, he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Well done, good and faithful servant”!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince Henry Society Scholarship Foundation: The Prince Henry Society, New Bedford Chapter, P.O. Box 6726, New Bedford, MA 02742.
His body will lie in state, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, from 4 to 7 PM in St. Peter the Apostle , 11 Prince Street, Provincetown, MA. Con-celebrated with Bishop Edgar de Cunha, presiding the Funeral Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 AM at St. Peter the Apostle Church. Due to the restrictions of Covid-19, space is limited, and every one have to wear a face-mask.
Funeral Mass will be livestreamed at www.stpeters-ptown.org/ Burial will be private.
Arrangements under the direction of Cabral Baylies Square-Lamoureux Funeral Home, 512 No. Front Street, New Bedford, MA.
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