Br Gerard Francis Nichols RIP

Source: SSPX Ireland

We ask of your prayers for our beloved Br Gerard Nichols who passed away peacefully the night of the 24th of April. He spent the last years of his life helping out with the apostolate in Ireland. He was dear to everyone who knew him, and he will always be remembered by his contagious smile and peaceful demeanour. "Oh God! command him to be taken up by the holy Angels, and to be borne to our home in paradise!"

Requiem Mass in St John's Church Dun Laoghaire - 1 May at 11.00 AM


Br. Gerard Francis (Dean Peter) Nichols, SSPX

Born: 3 April 1957

Professed as a Religious Brother in the Society of St. Pius X: 29 Sept. 2000

Died: 24 April 2017

Br. Gerard Francis, SSPX (in the world, Dean Peter Nichols), passed to his eternal reward at Blackrock Hospice in Dublin, Ireland, on Monday, April 24, 2017. Brother was diagnosed just months ago with a malignant brain tumor which gradually paralyzed him and claimed his life. He was 60 years old.

Brother was born Dean Peter Nichols, 3 April, 1957, one of identical twins, to Earl William Nichols and Florence Margaret (Dominy) Nichols, who predeceased him. He is survived by his twin, Rev. Fr. David Nichols, SSPX, of Los Gatos, CA; Wayne of St. Marys, KS; Steven of Melbourne, FL; Jeffrey of Jackson, NY; Thomas of Wilton, NY; Jane of Cambridge, NY; James of Jackson, NY; and Joan of Vandalia, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Br. Gerard was raised in New Jersey and upstate New York, and graduated from South Glens Falls Senior High, in South Glens Falls, NY, in 1976. Raised a Roman Catholic, Brother began to attend the Traditional Latin Mass in Glenmont, NY, in 1977, and by 1985 had decided to enter the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X, at that time located in Ridgefield, CT. In 1986, he took the habit of a Religious Brother and the name Gerard Francis in honor of St. Gerard Majella and St. Francis of Assisi. Brother assisted the priests of the SSPX at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Ridgefield, CT, and continued to do so when the seminary moved to Winona, MN, in 1988. Brother made his Perpetual Profession on 29 September 2000 at the Brothers’ Novitiate, at that time located in El Paso, TX. He was assigned again to the seminary, where he continued his work as cook, gardener and launderer for many years. In 2008, he was assigned to the SSPX District of Ireland with his twin, Rev. Fr. David Nichols. Brother continued in Ireland when Fr. Nichols returned to the US in 2013.

Br. Gerard was known for his piety, simplicity and perpetual smile, based as they were on a rock-solid faith in Our Lord and His Church, and in Our Lady to whom he was especially devoted. He was always heard to repeat “Deo gratias!” (“Thanks be to God!”) no matter what event, good or bad, overtook him. It was this same

steady, unwavering faith and devotion which allowed him to accept God’s will in all things, even the cancer which overtook him so far from the land of his birth.

Friends may call Friday, May 5, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY. Those who wish may join the family for the Rosary at 7:00 pm. A traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 6, at North American Martyrs Roman Catholic Chapel, 100 Boulevard, Hudson Falls, NY (518-632-5679). Burial will follow at the Nichols-McCain Family Cemetery in Jackson, NY. Donations in memory of Brother may be made to the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, 19 East Broadway, Salem, NY; or to the Novitiate of the Holy Angels, 21077 Quarry Hill Road, Winona, MN 55987.