HEARNE — Mass of Christian burial for Rev. Robert P. Herald, 65, was held Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, with Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez officiating, assisted by concelebrating priests of the diocese. Interment followed at St . Mary Catholic Cemetery in Hearne.
A vigil was held Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hearne.
Rev. Herald died Oct. 7.
He was born Nov. 8, 1947, in Fountainhill, Pennsylvania, to Alexander Herald and Florence Donnellan Herald.
Rev. Herald graduated from Seton Hall University in 1970 and received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Meinrad Seminary in 1989.
He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Austin on May 27, 1989, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin.
Rev. Herald was a Catholic priest for 23 years. He served in various parishes in Central Texas, including St. Theresa in Austin, St. Mary in Hearne, St. Mary Cathedral in Austin, St. Louis in Austin, St. Mary in Mexia, St. Joseph in Bryan, St. Ann in Somerville, St. Joseph in Rockdale, Our Lady of Lourdes in Gatesville and St. Joseph in Waco.
He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Rev. Herald previously assisted in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Austin and served as a prison chaplain in Palestine, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors are a brother, John Herald of Paterson, New Jersey; a sister, Marian Herald Speid of Elmwood Park, New Jersey; and a half-brother, Edward O’Brien of Oldwick, New Jersey; also, numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Seminarian Education Endowment at the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Austin.