Father Emmanuel Carey, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1888-1949)

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Born Raymond Carey on October 5, 1888 in Kingston, New York, he was the son of Patrick and Anna O’Neil Carey. Both primary and elementary school education were in the local parochial schools. His uncle was Father Justin Carey, C.P. No doubt this influenced him to enter the Passionists. He was accepted to the Preparatory school at St. Mary’s Monastery, Dunkirk, New York in September 1903. The following year he entered the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and on March 7, 1905 professed his vows. His religious name was Emmanuel. Studies were conducted at Baltimore, Maryland, and West Hoboken, New Jersey where he was ordained on December 21, 1912. In August 1914 he was chosen by Provincial Father Clement Lee to be the provincial secretary. Though he preached while holding that office he wished to do more. In the fall of 1917 he was appointed professor of moral theology. In 1920 he was selected as vice-rector at St. Gabriel’s Retreat, Brighton, Massachusetts. At the 1923 chapter he was elected rector of Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk where he worked to advance the standards of the institution. Notable was his building of the faculty wing. In 1926 he was elected superior of West Springfield, Massachusetts where he encouraged the laymen retreat movement. After his term of office was completed he was able to preach missions. In the mid 1930s he was afflicted with illness that slowed him down considerably as the years went on.