Rev. Mcllrath was born and brought up in Danbury, attended Danbury High School, St Bonaventure University and Christ the King Seminary with degrees in Philosophy and Theology. Leo was ordained in the Roman Catholic Priesthood in 1966 and enjoyed ten years of ministry in NC, serving as a pastor of churches and chaplain to the students at Duke University. Leo resigned from the diocese of Raleigh in 1976 over the issue of mandatory celibacy and began a lengthy career in social service fields, e.g. the Department of Elderly Services, City of Danbury, Chaplain to Regional Hospice of Western CT, the Western CT Area Agency of Aging, Professor at Western Connecticut State University classes in Latin, Psychology and Gerontology, and for the past twelve years, the Ecumenical and Interfaith Chaplain to the Lutheran Home of Southbury, a residence focusing on Alzheimer’s Diseases and other dementias. Rev. Mcllrath was co-founder of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality. He officiated at multiple weddings, funerals and other rites of passage. Along with his wife, (Dianne,) of thirty-five years, Leo raised six children including two from the Philippines and one from Brazil.
Sunday, October 20th The Golden Rule Rev. Leo McIlrath, DMin