The Rev. Matthew B. Brown, the leader of the New England Diocese of New York, died Saturday at his home in Woburn, Mass., the diocese said.
He was 66.
The Rev. Michael B. Farrell, pastor of the diocesan Catholic church in Woodbridge, Mass.
said Brown died peacefully at his Woodbridge home Saturday evening.
Daniel H. Dolan and Michael A. Schmitt, pastor and chaplain of the St. Joseph diocese in New Bedford, Mass, were also confirmed in Brown’s death.
Brown was the founder of the Woben Band of New England and served in several dioceses in New England.
He is survived by his wife, Susan B. and their children, Mary Ann and Steven.
Brown’s funeral Mass will be celebrated Sunday at 7 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica in Stuttgart, Germany.
Brown served for nearly 25 years in the New York diocese, serving as a priest and parish administrator.
He served as the parish priest of the Cathedral of St. George and St. Andrew in the Bronx.
He had been with the diacesan Catholic Church since 2001.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at the cathedral.
Brown died at his St. Patrick’s Cathedral apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he had lived for many years.