The Chautauqua Catholic Community

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Chautauqua Institution

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what we do at the CCC.


 Within the last 90 days the Chautauqua Catholic Community has lost three of it’s prominent members, two of whom go back to the beginnings of the CCC.


     On October 30, 2018 we lost WILLIAM (BILL) HIGIE at the age of 92 who hailed from Bradford, PA.  He and his wife Pauline (Boots) Higie served on our board and many other committees over the years.  For further details of Bill’s life and career click on the link below.



     On November 4, 2018 DEACON ED MC CARTHY passed away at age 82 surrounded by friends and family in Naples, Florida.  Ed and his wife Jane were prominent members of the Catholic Community, Jane McCarthy having recently been elected President of the CCC, but they were also ecumenically involved in other aspects of Chautauqua’s religious life.  Ed’s funeral service at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Naples was a most beautiful event and a fitting send off for someone who devoted his life to God and his religion.  Further details of Ed’s life can be found by clinking the link below.


     Ironically, on November 10, 2018, the very day Ed McCarthy was buried, RITA PAUL, who with her husband Dick were charter members of the Chautauqua Catholic Community passed away.  

    Rita Elaine Paul was born November 3, 1934, in Sloan, NY.  On November 10, 2018, Rita joined her husband, Richard Francis Paul.  They are now back togehter again on heaven's bright shores.

They spent memorable summer seasons on Lake Chautauqua where they owned the Cary Hotel from 1971-1986.  They decided to sell off a portion of the establishment and renamed it thereafter "Paul Manor".  They subsequently resided there happily for many summers while wintering in Bradenton, Florida.

Rita had nurtured diverse pursuits through her very active life.  This included  being a Master level bridge player as well as avid mahjong player, oil painter and PEO International member.  In Bradenton she was a member of the Orchid Society and other Palma Sola Trace community activities.  At Chautauqua, she earned Centurion level CLSC, life member BTG Club and scholarship committee of the CWC.

She was a devoted Catholic, and by association, a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Catholic Community at Chautauqua Institution as well as in Bradenton.

Rita is survived by daughter Karen; sons Gregory and Scott with wife Carolyn; and two grandchildren Joshua and Shane.  She will be forever in their hearts.

Donations may be made to the Chautauqua Catholic Community, c/o Rita Paul Memorial, P.O. Box 106, Chautauqua, NY 14722 or the Bradenton Humane Society.  Services will be held this Thursday (November 15) at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Bradenton, FL.









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