Rev. Mark Garrow, 52; was Marians' superior

Wednesday, October 24
STOCKBRIDGE — The Rev. Mark Garrow, MIC, 52, provincial superior of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy Province of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, died Friday of cancer at the Marians' residence on Eden Hill.

Born in Wilbraham on April 5, 1955, son of Thomas and Doris Brandi Garrow, he entered the Minor Seminary of the Marians in Stockbridge at age 14 and pursued his vocation to become a priest. He attended the Marian novitiate and seminary in Washington, D.C., took final vows as a member of the congregation and was ordained on Dec. 29, 1984, at St. Joseph's Church in Pittsfield by Bishop Leo O'Neil.

Before his position as provincial superior, Father Garrow served the Marians as superior general, based in Rome. He also was novice master, a local superior, general councilor and general prefect of formation.

He was noted for his gentleness, his spirituality, his love of God and the Blessed Virgin, his dedication to the priestly and religious formation work, and his work on behalf of the congregation. He was a skilled administrator and leader and conveyed a deep personal interest in the lives of those around him.

Father Garrow enjoyed history, particularly that of church and United States, and the movies.

He leaves a brother, Bruce Garrow of of Brattleboro, Vt.

FUNERAL NOTICE — A funeral Mass for Father Mark Garrow, MIC, who died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, will be celebrated tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy on Eden Hill by the Most Rev. Timothy A. McDonnell, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, assisted by the Most Rev. Jan Rokosz, MIC, superior general of the Marian Congregation. Burial will follow in the Marians' cemetery on Eden Hill. Calling hours will be at the Marian residence today from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marians' seminarian fund. Father also leaves a sister-in-law, Lynne, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


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