Monsignor Brown, Chancellor of Norwich Diocese passes

Monsignor Robert L. Brown

Monsignor Robert L. Brown, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich passed away on Saturday, according to Bishop Michael Cote. He was 74.

Msgr Brown served as Chancellor of the Diocese for 28 years, said the Bishop.

Msgr Brown was born February 12th, 1943.

“We mourn, together, our loss of this remarkable priest who was so instrumental over so many years in bringing us together. We know he is in the arms of the Lord, and we pray for his eternal peace and comfort,” said Bishop Cote.

The noon mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral had special meaning on Monday Parishioners were praying for Monsignor Robert Brown, who was a big part of the church community.

"I was totally shocked. My daughter works in the evangelical office and she called us to say that he had passed away," Norwich resident Mary Ann Beams said.

"He touched my life in a great way from Colchester to Norwich," Colchester resident Ronald Krysofik said. "I loved the man and I am going to miss him."

Father Peter Langevin told Eyewitness News Monsignor Brown was inspiration to young priests.

"Monsignor Brown as a fixture here not just at Norwich, but here at the cathedral," Langevin said.

Brown was a chaplain for the Connecticut State Police.

"The Connecticut State Police will forever be grateful to monsignor brown for his tireless efforts on behalf of the men and women of law enforcement, and he will be greatly missed by this agency," the Connecticut State Police said in a statement on Monday.

Monsignor Brown's funeral is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich.

"With the state, he worked with them for a number of years and organized their blue mass for 25 years," Langevin said.

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