Father Michael passes on

The Archdiocese of Miami reports:

Funeral services will begin Thursday evening, May 3, at Saint Paul the Apostle in Lighthouse Point for the church’s pastor, Father Michael Hourigan, who died April 30 after a brief period of failing health.

Father Hourigan, who turned 71 on March 23, was a native of Limerick, Ireland who had served in the Archdiocese of Miami since his ordination in 1966. He served as administrator and then pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Sunrise from 1972 to 2010, when he was appointed pastor of St. Paul the Apostle.

One of eight children born to the late James and Mona Hourigan, Father Hourigan  studied for the priesthood  at St. Patrick College, Maynooth, and St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, and was ordained June 5, 1966 at St. Mary Cathedral in Kilkenny. A few months later, he began his ministry in South Florida, serving as associate pastor at St. Rose of Lima, Miami Shores, St. Gregory, Plantation, and St. Timothy, Miami, before being appointed to St. Bernard in September 1972. He remained there until October 2010, when he became pastor of St. Paul the Apostle.

In addition to his parish work, he served as moderator of the North Broward Deanery of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women since 1985; as member of the archdiocese’s Presbyteral Council since 2001; as dean of the Northwest Broward Deanery and member of the first archdiocesan Synod.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Father Hourigan on Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m., at St. Paul the Apostle, 2700 NE 36 St. in Lighthouse Point. The viewing will begin Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the church and continue until Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale.

Father Hourigan was predeceased by one brother, Richard Hourigan, and three sisters, Anne Hartigan, Katherine O’Dwyer, and Judy Hourigan. He is survived by a brother, Paddy Hourigan, and his wife Anne; sisters Mary O’Brien and her husband James, Dolores Hogan and her husband Sean, and Monica Hourigan; sister-in-law Nora Hourigan; brother-in-law Dennis Hartigan; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.