Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 31, 2012

Rev. Joseph F. McCarthy


Burlington, Vermont — Reverend Joseph F. McCarthy, 91, died May 26, 2012 in Burlington, VT. He was born on August 28, 1920 in Lawrence, MA, the fourth of five children born to John W. and Anna (O'Donovan) McCarthy. He entered the Augustinian Seminary on Staten Island, N. Y. in Sept. of 1939. He was a graduate of Villanova University with the Class of 1945. His post graduate work in theology was realized at Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Fr. McCarthy was ordained to the sacred priesthood at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 1948. During the first 12 years of his priestly ministry, he taught at Catholic high schools in Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. The next 16 years found him as associate and then pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Detroit, Michigan.

As a member of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois he served as pastor of St. Barbara, Church of the Assumption and St. Thomas parishes.

In order to be closer to the aging members of his family, he retired from the Illinois

Diocese but continued in ministry in the diocese of Burlington (VT). Father McCarthy was assigned by Bishop John Marshall to serve as parochial vicar at the parish of St. Mark in Burlington (1988-1990. Two years later he assumed pastoral responsibility at St. Jerome Parish in E. Dorset as well as the parish of The Most Holy Trinity in Danby, Vermont. Fr. McCarthy also served as temporary administrator at St. John the Baptist parish in Enosburg Falls and, later, at St. Mary's in Cambridge. In addition, he assisted at many other parishes.

Father McCarthy was predeceased by his parents, John W. Sr. and Anna T. (Donovan) McCarthy, two brothers, John W. McCarthy, Jr. and Charles L. McCarthy and two sisters, Regina M. McCarthy and Eileen L. Gleason. He is survived by his nieces Carol Ann Kelly of McLean, Virginia; Marilyn L. Ness of Lubec, Maine; Eileen M. Walsh of Andover, Massachusetts; and Linda M. Coyle of Atkinson, New Hampshire; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. He is also survived by a cousin, Eunice Schatzle of Tequesta, Florida.

He is remembered by many whom he served during his more than 60 years in the priesthood.

His family wishes to express its gratitude to Greg Clairmont, Leonard Seguin and the late John Fitzpatrick for their steadfast kindness to Father Joe. They also wish to thank his long-time caregivers for their care and compassion to him.

Father McCarthy requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to National Right to Life Committee 512 10th St. NW Washington, DC 20004.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated May 31, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, VT, by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Visiting hours will be held on May 30, 2012 from 5 pm to 7 pm at LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main Street, Winooski, VT. Burial will be at Resurrection Park in South Burlington, VT.