Father Christopher Paul Rushton

Father Christopher Paul Rushton, OMI, died peacefully on July 30, 2018, surrounded by saddened members of his Religious community, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Predeceased by his parents, Louis and Eileen Rushton, and two brothers, Norman and Brian, he is mourned by his remaining brother, Pat (Joan) of Almonte, ON, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Father Chris joined the Oblates in 1966 and pronounced his Final Vows at Holy Rosary Scholasticate in Ottawa on September 7, 1970. He was ordained to the Priesthood on September 29, 1973. In 1974 he completed his education degree in London, ON, and taught at Labrador City Collegiate 1975-1982. His assignment to serve the Innu community in Sheshatshiu, Labrador, began a long and happy part of his life. He ministered in Labrador on and off for over 30 years. While serving as the Provincial Superior of his Oblate community from 1996-2002, he continued to minister to the Innu of Sheshashiu during Christmas and Holy Week.

On June 24, 2013, Father Chris Rushton left his home with the native peoples of Shesashiu to return to his family in Ottawa.  The decision to leave Labrador was a very difficult one for Father Chris, but at the time he felt the need to be closer to his birth family.

More recently he was Chaplain to the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Pembroke, ON, and finally Chaplain in Vancouver College until his illness in 2016.  He moved to Hamilton, ON, in August 2016. For many weeks, he was cared for by the medical personnel at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, before moving to the Good Shepherd Ministry’s Emmanuel Hospice., where he was until his death on July 30.

He will be waked at St. Patrick’s Church, 440 King Street East, Hamilton, ON on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with prayers being offered at 8:30. His body will be translated to Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish, Ottawa, for Vigil and prayers at 7:00 p.m. and Mass of Resurrection, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11 a.m.. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Oblate Cemetery in Arnprior, ON.

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