Please remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Fr. Edward McCorkell. Fr. Edward had been a resident at Carroll Manor, a nursing home connected to Providence Hospital, Washington DC, for about the past three years. Abbot Robert had received a phone call from Fr. Andrew on Sunday evening that Fr. Edward was failing and had planned to go in and be with him on Monday. Around 6:00 AM this morning, Abbot Robert received a call from Carroll Manor that Fr. Edward had peacefully died in his sleep this morning, 2 July, around 3:00 AM.
Fr. Edward had been born in South Africa and came to the United States to join the Paulist Novitiate in Union City, New Jersey; after hearing a book read in their refectory about the Founders of Citeaux, he transferred to Our Lady of the Valley, a Trappist monastery in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. A full obituary will be posted here in a few days. Suffice it to say that Fr. Edward, after several peregrinations, was elected the second Abbot of Berryville and eventually served as Novice Director from 1989 t0 1996.
The date and hour of his funeral Mass and burial will be posted as soon as possible.