Reverend Larry Walton
The Reverend Larry Walton, rector of St. Mary’s for the nearly two decades before Peter Chase, passed away last week. He had been in hospice care in Florida, where he and his wife Joan have lived for a number of years. Our prayers are with Joan and his family.
UPDATE: Father Julio Rivera of our sister parish Santa Maria Virgen passes along the following prayer. After retiring from St. Mary’s, Reverend Walton lived for several years in El Salvador and was rector of Santa Maria Virgen.
“The church of Santa Maria Virgen in El Salvador joins in prayer with the parish of St. Mary’s in Newton, the family of Larry Walton, and all persons affected by grief at his departure. Leaving it to the mercy of the Lord, I thank God for the fiery passion of his ministry, in which he put his life into the service of the people of El Salvador and particularly the community of San Bartolo, Ilopango, as both a priest and later as a missionary. He gave the best of himself to Christ, in particular through a generous heart. “Through the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, the Lord receives his faithful servant into his kingdom of peace and light. To you, his colleagues, the relatives of the deceased, and all persons gathered together, wholeheartedly impart the blessing of a brother apostle. ” – PADRE JULIO . EL SALVADOR