Reverend Stephen Rooney passed from this life on August 16, 2020 at the age of 66.
Father Rooney was born February 10, 1954 in Belfast, Ireland, and ordained a priest for the Cistercian Order in 1985.
Father Rooney incardinated into the Archdiocese of Detroit on December 16, 1990 and served as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Trenton; Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Temperance; and St. Michael Parish, Monroe. He also served as Administrator of St. Mary Parish, Monroe, and as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish, White Lake; St. Alphonsus Parish, Dearborn; and St. Martin de Porres Parish, Warren.
Visitation for Father Rooney will take place on Wednesday, August 26 from 12 p.m. until the time of his funeral Mass at 4:30 p.m., at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 9000 Laurence Avenue, Allen Park, Michigan 48101. While St. Frances Cabrini Church was selected for Father’s funeral due to its size and proximity of his assignments, Father Rooney’s funeral Mass will be live-streamed at: https://webcasts.lifetributes.com/1085683.
Father Rooney was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine; brothers, John Jr. and Billy; and brothers-in-law, Ray Cummings and Seany McVeigh. He is survived by twelve of his fourteen siblings, Jim, Betty, Marie, Eddie, Gerald, Dolores, Patrick, Aodh, Pilib, Brendan, Bernadette, and Paula; and his brothers-in-law, Tucker, Thomas and Paddy; sisters-in-law, Theresa, Maisie, Theresa D., Annette, Noreen, Sinead, and Susan; as well as 47 nieces and nephews.
Kindly pray for the repose of the soul of Father Rooney.