Father Anthony Feeherry, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1911-1963)

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Born May 3, 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts, he received his early education in local schools and the College of the Holy Cross. In 1928 he entered the Passionist Seminary, Dunkirk, New York where after two years of study the entered the novitiate. He pronounced his Passionist vows on September 25, 1931. He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1938 by Bishop Francis Spellman who was then an auxiliary in Boston.

His early years of ministry were spent preaching missions and retreats throughout the eastern United States and Canada. In World War II Father Feeherry was an Army Chaplain and was discharged with the rank of Major. On April 1, 1955 Father Feeherry arrived in Jamaica, West Indies, the new mission begun at the invitation of Bishop John J. McAllen, S.J. After assignment to several parishes on the island, Father Feeheery, in September 1956, became the first resident pastor at Christiana. A year later he suffered his first heart attack after taking care of the dead and injured in Kendall train disaster in which almost two hundred died and five hundred were injured. Most were Catholics on a Holy Name Society outing. After recovering he was able to see Sacred Heart Academy dedicated on February 24, 1963. It was staffed by Domincan Sisters, Blauvelt, New York. Present along with Bishop McAllen were Provincial Gerard Rooney; the U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, William Doherty; the Jamaica Minister of Education, Edwin Allen; and Mother General of the Dominicans Mother Lawrence Marie. After a silver jubilee celebration of priesthood in the United States, Father Feeherry returned to Jamaica and was not himself. On November 29, 1963 he suffered a heart attack and died several days later. He was buried in Jamaica, West Indies.

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