WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paulist Father Richard Colgan, 68, former pastor at St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, was rushed to the Washington Hospital Center here May 16 with difficulty breathing after contracting the coronavirus. The priest served as director of novices at the Paulist Father’s formation house of studies in Washington D.C.

Father Colgan had been battling lymphoma cancer. The priest was checked into intensive care and intubated at Washington Hospital Center and died there May 25.

Father Colgan was the first Paulist to die as a result of the coronavirus. He was a priest for 41 years.

“We pray that Fr. Rich, and all those around the world who have died from COVID-19, are now in God's warm embrace,” the Paulist Fathers wrote on their Facebook page.