Father Terence Brodie, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1907-1966)

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Born John Brodie on October 2, 1907 in the Boston, Massachusetts area, he graduated from Boston College High School and entered the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, Dunkirk, New York. He professed his Passionist vows on August 15, 1927 and received the religious name Terence. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1933. In the beginning he was a preacher of Passionist missions. During World War II he was a military chaplain in the Army and served in the Pacific. Discharged in 1946 with the beginning of a respiratory condition, he had also received a bullet hole in the shoulder and had attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Back in the United States he was assigned to Sign Magazine as a field representative, a job which he described as “doorbell pushing.” Still, he was a good promoter. During his time with the magazine he helped subscriptions grow from 150,000 to 365,000. In 1956 Father Brodie was assigned to Our Mother of Sorrows Retreat, West Springfield, Massachusetts. At times his boisterous personality ran counter to the air of monastic solitude. His health required special diets. He had been failing in health for the better part of the year when he died.

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