MOUNT AIRY - The Rev. Monsignor Arthur L. Duncan, 1208 N. Main St., died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Maryfield Nursing Center in High Point.
He was born Jan. 8, 1919, in Litchfield, Ill., the son of the late Arthur L. Duncan and Rosa B. Hosp.
He began his studies for the priesthood in 1938 at Saint Charles College in Baltimore, Md., having completed his priestly formation studies at Saint Paul's College (the Paulist Seminary) in Washington, D.C. He was ordained as a priest May 1, 1947, by Bishop Joseph Donoghue. Father Duncan spent the next five years teaching and completing work on a master's degree at Saint Paul's College with summer duties at a Paulist Parrish in Winchester, Tenn., and the Paulist Information Center in Boston, Mass. Father Duncan transferred to the Diocese of Raleigh in the summer of 1952, and was assigned to Saint Patrick's Church in Charlotte, as assistant pastor. In 1952, Monsignor Duncan left the Paulist Order after five years as a Paulist Priest. He was pastor of the Saint Paul's Church in Henderson from 1953 until 1954, of Sacred Heart Church in Whiteville from 1954 until 1960. In 1960, Father Duncan began an eight-year assignment as pastor of Sacred Heart Parrish in Dunn. During the last three years of those years, he was Director of Missionary Fathers Apostolate, traveling extensively throughout North Carolina. He was pastor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in High Point from 1968 until 1974 and pastor of Saint Benedict's Church in Greensboro from 1974 until 1980. While at Saint Benedict's Church, he was appointed Director of the Holy Childhood Association for the Diocese. He became pastor of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Mount Airy in 1980, where he served until his retirement in December 1994. In 1988, he was named a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor. At his retirement, Monsignor Duncan took up residence at Maryfield Nursing Center in High Point, where he was cared for by the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, the sisters at Maryfield. He was active in Ecumenical and civic organizations. Monsignor Duncan also served as a Diocesan Consultor and as a member of the Diocesan Financial Committee and the Priest Retirement Committee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with burial to follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Father Eric Kowalski, Father Mauricio West, Father Joseph Kelleher, and retired bishop William G. Curlin will be in attendance. Monsignor Duncan will lie-in-state at Holy Angels Catholic Church on Monday evening until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Afterward, there will be time to pay one's respects. Tuesday morning at 10:45 a.m., Monsignor's body will be transferred in procession from the church to the Monsignor Duncan Center building for the Mass of Christian Burial. Moody Funeral Home of Mount Airy is in charge of services and arrangements.