Father Regis Boyle, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1898-1949)

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Born John Boyle on March 18, 1898 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he was the son of John and Minnie Hoare Boyle. He was educated at Epiphany School and St. Mary’s High School which were conducted by the Sisters of Mercy. He went to the Passionist Preparatory College at St. Joseph Monastery, Baltimore, Maryland in 1914. On September 17, 1918 he professed his vows and had the religious name Regis. He studied at St. Ann’s Monastery, Scranton and St. Michael’s Monastery, West Hoboken, New Jersey and on June 24, 1924 was ordained there by Bishop Paul J. Nussbaum, C.P. Assignments included Director of Students; missionary, retreat master, assistant pastor and pastor at St. Ann’s Monastery Parish, Scranton; rector of Pittsburgh; rector of Union City, New Jersey; military chaplain and Lt. Commander in the United States Navy in the South Pacific & Asiatic Theaters of World War II; and superior of the Passionist House of Studies in Peiping, China. It was during that assignment that he became ill and came back to the United States for medical treatment. In July 1948 he was admitted to Mercy Hospital for incurable liver disease where he died after a sustained illness.

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