Born April 2, 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he attended St. Francis Assisi School there and the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, Baltimore, Maryland. He professed his vows on August 13, 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then was ordained on October 28, 1923 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by Bishop Hugh O’Boyle of Pittsburgh. From 1924 until 1945 he was a China missionary in Hunan. Upon his return to the United States he was assigned to St. Joseph’s Parish, Union City, New Jersey. He began the Mission Auxiliary Clubs in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Brighton, Massachusetts. During the three years of extended illness before his death he was stationed at Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Brighton, Massachusetts. He died of heart failure in Jamaica, New York. His brother was Father Benedict McNamara, C.P. Another brother was Father Thomas McNamara who was Superior General of the Josephite Fathers, Baltimore.
April 2, 1898
August 13, 1917
October 28, 1923
June 3, 1971
Jeremiah of the Sorrowful Virgin McNamara