The Islands: Churches: Clergy born on Wolfe Island

Clergy born on Wolfe Island

Please email me if you have any further information on clergymen born on Wolfe Island (or any of the other Islands.) Or any further informatino on those already mentioned here.

Also be sure to see the pages on the Clergy of the Island churches as some islanders may be listed there.

From Built on a Rock:

Taken from another list:
Vocations from Wolfe Island
Rev A. J. P. Staley 1902
Msgr L. E. Staley 1905
Rev Capt. M. D. Staley 1910
From a small paragraph in the book it quotes the following:
Among the graduates of Regiopolis College who went on to become Jesuit Priests were the following Wayne Bolton, 63 of Wolfe Island and J. Gerald O'Brien 57 of Wolfe Island

Louis E. Staley

Father Louis Staley was born on Wolfe Island he served Gananoque and Howe Mission from 1931 to 1942.

John Ferguson

Was born-1917.

FROM: Kingston Whig Standard
DATE: jan 25 2002
Ferguson, Rev. Father John (Retired longtime Priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston)
After a lengthy illness at the Kingston General Hospital on Sunday January 20, 2002, in his 85th year. Rev. Father John, beloved son of the late John Alexander Ferguson and his wife the former Henrietta Spoor. Dear brother of Richard and his wife Marie and Gwenyth Carvill all of Toronto and predeceased by his sister Genevieve McCue. Missed by his niece and nephews: Marina Ferguson, Richard Ferguson and his wife Deborah, John Carvill and his wife Sandra and great nieces Lindsay and Kathleen Ferguson. Friends were received at the Central Chapel of the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes, 49 Colborne Street (at Clergy St.) on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9pm and Wednesday at St. Mary s Cathedral from 9:30am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am. Rite of Committal with prayers in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wolfe Island, Vigil Service at the Funeral Home, Tuesday evening at 8pm. For those wishing memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by his family. (Donations by cheque only). IN THE CARE OF GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOMES, CENTRAL CHAPEL 613-546-5454

Edward Augustine O'Reilly

Toronto Star, “Pages of the Past”
Monday, June 29, 1953
Reception Is Held When 16 Ordained
His Eminence, James C. Cardinal McGuigan, Archibishop of Toronto, ordained 16 seminarians of the Congregation of St. Basil to the priesthood this morning.
A reception was held for the families of the following: …Rev. Edward O’REILLY, Wolfe Island…

Edward Augustine O'Reilly
21 January 1924 - 04 May 1997
Fr. Edward O'Reilly died peacefully in his sleep in the late evening of 04 May 1997 at Providence Centre, Toronto, ON. Fr. O'Reilly, a member of the local community at the Basilian Fathers Residence, was transferred to Providence Centre during the past winter in order to receive the level of health care which he required. His brother, Fr. Eugene O'Reilly, anointed him the week prior to his death. A Wake Vigil was held in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre, Toronto, on 07 May 1997. Fr. Robert J. Whyte, Assistant Director of the Basilian Fathers Residence, presided at the service and Fr. Hugh M. Foley preached the homily. The following evening the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the same chapel. The V. Rev. Robert J. Barringer, Superior General, presided and Fr. O'Reilly's brother, Eugene, preached the homily. Family members along with friends and Basilians from the area were in attendance for both ceremonies. Fr. Barringer said the final commendation.

Fr. O'Reilly was buried in the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON on 09 May 1997. Fr. Eugene O'Reilly said the prayers at the graveside.

Confreres are reminded of the usual suffrages for the repose of his soul.

Annual Appointments
1944 - 1945 Toronto Novitiate Novice
1945 - 1948 Assumption College Undergraduate Studies
1948 - 1949 Catholic Central High School Teaching
1949 - 1950 St. Thomas High School Teaching, Theology
1950 - 1951 St. Michael's College School Teaching
1951 - 1954 St. Basil's College Studies, Theology
1954 - 1957 Aquinas Institute Teaching
1957 - 1958 St. Charles College Teaching, Treasurer
1958 - 1962 Aquinas Institute Teaching
1962 - 1965 Michael Power High School Teaching
1965 - 1967 Andrean High School Teaching
1967 - 1987 St. Mary's College Teaching
1987 - 1988 Sabbatical
1988 - 1990 St. Mary's Church Owen Sound
1990 - Basilian Fathers Residence

Fr. Ed O'Reilly was born on 21 January 1924 on Wolfe Island, ON to James and Helen (nee Finn) O'Reilly. Ed first met the Basilians at the Marylake Farm and in 1941 entered St. Michael's College School. During his final year of secondary schooling in 1944 he applied for and was admitted to the Basilian novitiate in Toronto. He made his first profession of vows on 15 August 1945. Also professed that year were Fathers George Edward Beaune, Thomas James Hanrahan, Kevin John Kirley, Joseph Anthony Miller, Ronold Stanly Pazik, Joseph Gerard Penny, William James Stoba, John Jerome Stortz, John Raymond Whitley and the late Donald Richard Mooney, Peter Edward Sheehan, Francis Christian Boehm and Daniel Gordon Macdonald. Following profession, Ed was appointed to Assumption College in Windsor, ON and majored in English, History and Philosophy; he received a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1948 and, that Fall, began over thirty years of ministry in the high school apostolate.

Ed began Theological studies while teaching at St. Thomas High School, Houston, TX in 1949; the following year he was appointed to St. Basil's Seminary in Toronto to complete the studies. He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1953 in St. Basil's Church, Toronto, by James Cardinal McGuigan. Also ordained that year were Fathers George Edward Beaune, David Esmond Belyea, Robert William Crooker, Joseph Gerard Penny, James Gareth Poupore, John Jerome Stortz and the late Leon George Hart, Gerald Frederick McGuigan, Michael Alphonsus Goetz, Peter Edward Sheehan, George Donal O'Gorman and David William Bauer.

After ordination Ed continued in the high school apostolate serving at the Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY first for 3 years and then later for 4 years; St. Charles College, Sudbury, ON (1 year); Michael Power High School, Etobicoke, ON (3 years); Andrean High School, Merrillville, IN (2 years) and finally St. Mary's College, Sault Ste. Marie, ON (20 years). Following Fr. O'Reilly's death, the Principal of St. Basil Secondary School in Sault Ste. Marie, Mr. Bob Barbeau,, wrote to express his own condolences and those of former staff and students from St. Mary's. He wrote: "Colourful Father O'Reilly brings many fond and humorous memories to mind, when we think back to his classroom in portables, with the raccoons under the floorboards, and the students adjusting grades in his marksbook. Fr. Ed will be missed by friends and confreres in the Sault."

Ed earned an M.Ed from the University of Rochester in 1959 and took several summer courses in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa.

After a year's sabbatical in 1997-1988, Ed was appointed to St. Mary's Church, Owen Sound, ON for parish ministry. He remained at St. Mary's for two years when he was appointed to the Basilian Fathers Residence for health reasons.

Fr. O'Reilly is pre-deceased by his parents. He is survived by two brothers, Francis and Fr. Eugene, and two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Fargo and Mrs. Rose Coffey

Rev Eugene O'Reilly -sept 2003-FUNERAL CARD IMAGE

O'Reilly,Rev Eugene Thomas -Sept 9 2003-OBIT IMAGE
Date: Sept 2003
From: Kingston Whig
O'REILLY, Rev. Eugene Thomas,
C.S.B. Professed Basilian- August 15, 1949. He received a BA degree from Assumption College through the University of Western Ontario in 1952. He then began a Long teaching career as Aquinas Institute in Rochester N.Y., 1952-54. This was interrupted for priesthood studies at St. Basil's College in Toronto, ordained to priesthood in St. Basil's Church June 29, 1957. As a priest he returned to teaching: 1958-60 at St. Charles in Sudbury, 1960-62 at Assumption College School in Windsor, 1962-65 at St. Paul's High School in Saskatoon, 1965-77 at Michael Power High School in Toronto. He spent the academic year 1977-78 on sabbatical at Carleton University in Ottawa returning to the classroom in 1978-80 with the Basil ian Fathers of Rexdale and 1980-91 at St. Piux X High School in Ottawa. From 1991-99 he served as Chaplain at Queen's University in Kingston. After he served as pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Church on Wolfe Island from 1999 until his death. Peaceful ly entered into God's presence on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at the Kingston General Hospital. Beloved son of the late James Edward O'Reilly and his wife the former Helen "Nellie" Finn. Dear brother of Mrs. Rose Coffey, Francis O'Reilly, Mrs. Theresa Fargo and the late Father Edward O'Reilly, C.S.B. Dearly missed by his 28 nieces and nephews and their families. Friends will be received at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Wolfe Island on Thursday, September 11 from 2 until 9 p.m. Vigil service will b e held at 8:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at the Church, Friday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will continue at the Cardinal Flahiff Centre, 95 St. Joseph's Street, Toronto, on Friday from 5 p.m. Vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. Rite of Committal with prayers in the Basilian Plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Toronto. Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Wolfe Island or t he Basilian Missions, in memory of Father Eugene. Relatives and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at IN THE CARE OF THE GORDON F. TOMPKINS FUNERAL HOMES, TOWNSHIP CHAPEL WATERLOO VILLAGE 546-5150 gftompkins-to

The Basilian Newsletterbr> The Congregation of St. Basil, Volume 44 Number 10, 16 September 2003
Eugene Thomas O'Reilly, CSB
November 21, 1927 - September 9, 2003
Rev. Eugene Thomas O'Reilly, CSB died peacefully with members of his family present on September 9, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. at Kingston General Hospital. Msgr. Don Clement presided at a wake service at Sacred Heart of Mary, Wolfe Island on Thursday 11 September. The following morning in the same church, Archbishop Meagher presided at a memorial mass of the Resurrection, with many priests concelebrants. Archbishop-emeritus Spence delivered the homily. Many of Fr. O'Reilly's family, friends and parishioners attended both liturgies.
On Friday evening, September 12, at the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre chapel in Toronto, Fr. Kevin Kirley, CSB presiding at a second wake service. Fr. Brian Higgins, CSB preached the homily. On Saturday morning, September 13, Fr. Ken Decker, CSB, the Superior General of the Basilian Fathers presided at the funeral Mass of the Resurrection. Fr. Kenneth O'Keefe, CSB remarked in his homily on the large number of family members, friends, confreres and concelebrants who filled the chapel. Father O'Reilly was laid to rest in the Basilian Plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill Ontario. Father Hugh Foley led the grave side service.
Father O'Reilly, was born and raised on Wolfe Island the son of James Edward O'Reilly and Helen Monica Finn. Gene maintained a life long love for the island, the place of his family, his youth, and many enduring friendships. Following his profession in the Basilian Fathers studies, and ordination he gave himself to a long ministry in teaching in Windsor, Rochester, New York, Sudbury, Ottawa and Toronto. Gene was a gracious and gifted teacher, presenting his love for the Catholic faith and English literature with a fervent yet unassuming style. Both students and staff were drawn to his warm and gentle acceptance, wherever he went. Co-Teachers who attended the funeral mass commented on his welcoming presence in the classroom, the staff room and through the school. Gene generously ministered to many Religious Sisters congregations in cities where he was stationed. Through his life's strugglers and challenges, he honed his natural gift of a pleasant disposition into a blessed virtue of genuine friendliness. Those who loved him joked that this warm virtue flowed from him as though wafted on the air like the rich perfumed aroma of a very good panatella cigar. A Basilian confrere, remarked that when he was with Gene, he felt as if he were welcomed, received and was about to hear a really good story. Later he came to understand that it was Gene himself who was the story, the Good News, a joyful, hope filled Christian. His spirituality was never hidden or obscured, but always the core of whatever he did, at school, in the parish, at Basilian or family gatherings. He was a reflective, prayerful man, of a natural true and solid piety.
In 1999 Fr. Gene received a most welcome call to return to his beloved Wolfe Island as pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Parish when he was most needed. He brought home his committed priesthood, his love, his intelligence, his wit and humour. His spirit of ecumenism founded in his profound sense of family, of friendship and of community marked his relationships with openness and integrity. All those who knew him will miss his gentle touch, his gracious, welcoming spirit of acceptance, his devoted ministry, his deep sense of church and sacrament.
Father Eugene O'Reilly was professed in the Basilian Fathers 15 August 1949 at Richmond Hill Novitiate. Other professed that year were Fathers Gareth Poupore, Rocco Volpe, Robert Crooker, David Heath, and the Late Michael Goetz, Frank McCabe, Paul Meloche, William O'Brien, Norm Iverson, John Ware, James Daley and Robert Hall.
He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1957 by Cardinal James McGuigan at St. Basil's Church, Toronto. Others ordained with him were Richard Elmer, John Fiore, Rocco Volpe, Owen Lee, John Murray, Maurice Pierce and the late Robert Hall, Art Holmes, William Marceau, Robert Matzinger, Paul Sheehan.
Father O' Reilly was predeceased by his parents and his brother Rev. Edward O' Reilly, CSB and is survived by his brother Francis and his sisters Rose Coffey and Theresa Fargo, as well as many nephews and nieces.
1948-1949 Novitiate at Richmond Hill Ontario
1949-1952 Assumption College in Windsor, Ontario
1952-1954 The Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York
1954-1958 St. Basil's Seminary in Toronto
1958-1960 St. Charles College School in Sudbury
1960-1962 Assumption College School in Windsor, Ontario
1962-1965 St. Paul's High School in Ottawa
1965-1977 Michael Power High School in Toronto
1977-1978 Sabbatical (Carlton University)
1978-1980 Basilian Fathers of Rexdale
1980-1991 St. Basil's Church and St. Pius X High School (Ottawa)
1991-1999 Chaplain at Queens University in Kingston
1999-2003 Sacred Heart of Mary Parish on Wolfe Island
Confreres are reminded to offer the usual suffrages for the repose of his soul.
May he rest in peace.
(Contributors: Margaret Knott, Hugh Foley, John Ware, Ken O'Keefe, Brian Higgins.)

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