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Fr. Jerome A. Dixon

July 20, 1930 ~ October 17, 2021 (age 91)

Obituary

Reverend Jerome Dixon, 91, passed away on Sunday Oct 17th of natural causes. Father Dixon, a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, received his Canon Law Degree from Catholic University in 1958 having been ordained on May 25th, 1957.  In over 65 years as a priest, Father Dixon, at various times, served as both a tribunal secretary and Judge for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, a chaplain for the Sisters of St Francis, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, Mercy Hospital, Passavant Hospital and the Little Sisters of the Poor.  An amateur pilot, he also served as chaplain of the US Air Force Reserves for 23 years. He also served as parochial vicar at both St. Maurice and St. Sylvester parishes and as pastor at St Ursula’s parish, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and St Athanasius before becoming the Administrator at the Dearden Center for retired priests.  He retired to the Little Sisters of the Poor where he had been serving as chaplain but continued to serve the sick and said Mass daily until just weeks before his death. In addition to his many ministries, Father Jerry, as he was known to his family, rarely missed an opportunity to baptize, administer First Holy Communion, Confirm or officiate the marriage of a niece, nephew or cousin and would travel the country in order to do so.  He administered many of the same sacraments to his great nieces and nephews. He celebrated Thanksgiving Mass for immediate and extended family for exactly 50 years before his health declined. His sermons reflected his personality; humble, insightful, gentle spirited, witty, intellectual and totally committed to the teachings of the Church.  They were always designed to send a message of hope. Unbeknown to even his closest friends and fellow priests, he was also a talented golfer who won many trophies as a young priest. Father Dixon was the last surviving brother of six boys born to the late Martin and Alice Sweeny Dixon. He is survived by 13 nieces and nephews and innumerable great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Donations may be directed to The Little Sisters of the Poor or The Martha Fund. Family will receive visitors (Mask Required) 2-8PM at Little Sisters of the Poor Chapel, 1028 Benton Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212, where there will be a Mass of the Christian Burial, Friday 10AM. Interment to follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
October 21, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Little Sisters of the Poor
1028 Benton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
October 22, 2021

10:00 AM
Little Sisters of the Poor
1028 Benton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Interment following funeral service
Friday
October 22, 2021

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
718 Hazelwood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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