Father Dominic Cohee, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1905-1980)

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Born Charles Redmond Cohee on September 3, 1905 in Cordova, Maryland, he grew up in Easton, Maryland and was the son of Charles Cohee and Catherine Redmond. He attended public schools. He went by the name Redmond and was also called “Red.” After high school he attended a Business College in Wilmington, Delaware called Goldeys. The faculty desire that he stay on as a teacher. However he declined the offer and was employed by the First National Bank, Chester, Pennsylvania. He decided to enter religious life in 1928. There was also a possibility that he might get engaged. He attended Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York and had to learn Latin from scratch. He professed his vows on August 15, 1932 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. His religious name was Dominic. After three years of philosophy and four years of theology he was ordained April 28, 1939 at St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk. From 1942 until 1944 he was Director of Students, Scranton, Pennsylvania and Jamaica, New York. From 1943 until 1945 he ministered to Black Catholics at St. Gabriel’s, Greenville, North Carolina. He then took a basic medical course at St. Catherine’s Hospital, Brooklyn, New York and was assigned as a China missionary to Hunan where he stayed until he was expelled in 1951. From 1952 until 1954 he was a curate at St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish, Baltimore, Maryland. He remained a community member there until 1958. From 1958 until 1961 he was a curate at St. Michael’s Monastery Parish, Union City, New Jersey. From 1961 until 1966 he was in Brighton, Massachusetts. In 1966 he returned to Baltimore where he died. He did not relish the excesses that resulted from Vatican II.