The Reverend Joseph Francis Byrne, 70, of East Falmouth died on June 18.

Fr. Byrne was born in Boston, the son of Joseph and Mary B. (Coursey) Byrne. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 21, 1969. 

He served in St. Matthew Parish in Dorchester, St. John the Baptist Parish in Quincy, St. Albert the Great Parish in Weymouth, and Pastor of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham, before coming to Falmouth in 2003.

Fr. Byrne served in the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations, Project Rachel, and the Office of Spiritual Development. He also was the spiritual director for the Permanent Deaconate Program, the Chrism Adult Education Program, and the Special Needs Religious Education Program of the South Region of the Archdiocese.

Fr. Byrne also served as police chaplain and hospital chaplain in the city of Quincy for 10 years. 

He was active in the Cursillo Movement in both the Archdiocese of Boston and Stonehill College. He was chaplain at Walpole State Prison from 1976 to 1979 and served on the personnel board of prison ministry. He also was very active in the Emmaus Program, a priestly support program in the Archdiocese.

While in Falmouth, Fr. Byrne served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council #813, and was nominated Chaplain of the Year in 2009.

He went on two mission tours to Honduras.

Fr. Byrne was predeceased by his brother, Edward Byrne.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 20, from 4 to 8 PM at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 21, at 11 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Falmouth. 

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