Seminarian Alan Brown Enters Eternity

Alan BrownAlan Brown, 49, of Moberly, died suddenly on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Heartland Health Center in St. Joseph, MO after suffering a heart attack.

Alan was born October 19, 1959, in St. Louis, MO, a son of Norman and Clotilda (Haarmann) Brown. He worked for many years as a machinist until he entered Conception Seminary College in Conception, MO to study for the priesthood in 2005. He was scheduled to graduate in May and planned to enter theological studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corner, MI in the fall of 2009. He was a diligent student and earned a place on the 2008 Dean's List here at Conception. In addition to his dedication of time and talent serving the church and others, Alan was known to be a generous, caring, faithful man and devoted friend to many.

During the praying of the Office of the Readings in the Holy Cross Oratory on the day of his death, Alan experienced severe chest pain and shortness of breath. He left to go to St. Stephen’s Infirmary, and an ambulance was called to take him to the hospital in Maryville. Some testing was done there, and they sent him on by ambulance to Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, MO. In the afternoon, Vice Rector and Dean of Students, Fr. Dan Merz gathered some of Alan’s things to take to him as it seemed he would be kept overnight. He arrived at the hospital about 3:30 pm and Alan had just gone into cardiac arrest. The staff was working earnestly to try and revive him, and they were very gracious in making room for Fr. Dan to come into the room in order to pray the Anointing of the Sick and to bestow the Apostolic Pardon. At 3:47pm, the doctor declared Alan had passed away. The staff expressed their sorrow and gave Fr. Dan some time to pray alone with Alan. He said that Alan’s face was quite peaceful.

Survivors include brothers, Michael Brown of Warrenton, Patrick Brown of OFallon, MO, sisters, Carolyn Tufts of Collinsville, IL, Mary Stroup of Overland, MO, Sharon Dickinson of Florissant, MO, Maureen Frosch of St. Louis, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be Monday 12 noon at St. Pius X Catholic Church with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 4 PM to 6PM with a rosary and prayer service at 4 PM at Cater Funeral Home.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

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