Born Hugh Vincent McSheffrey on September 15, 1908 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, he was the son of James and Mary Josephine O’Brien. He attended Hugh O’Brien grade school in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Boston College High School and one year at Boston College. He then entered Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk, New York in September 1929, He was professed a Passionist on September 25, 1931 and received the name Linus. He was ordained on May 30, 1938 at St. Gabriel’s Monastery, Brighton, Massachusetts. From 1940 to 1948 Father McSheffrey was missionary in China and was imprisoned by the Japanese – an experience he felt all his life. From 1950 to 1955 he was assistant Retreat Director, Jamaica, New York. In 1955 he was assistant parish priest at St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish, Baltimore, Maryland. From 1955 to 1972 he was a member of the Baltimore community and hospital chaplain at St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore.
September 15, 1908
September 25, 1931
May 30, 1938
November 24, 1977
Linus of the Scourging McSheffrey