Rev. Patrick F. Healy, OMI, died at Cambridge Hospital after a short illness at the age of 100. He was born in Charlestown, MA to the late Patrick Healy, Sr. and the late Catherine (Walsh) Healy. Fr. Pat was the ninth of the ten Healy children, all of whom predeceased him.
He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Charlestown and Boston Latin and Boston English High Schools before entering Holy Angels Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, the Minor Seminary of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
1940, Fr. Pat entered the novitiate in Tewksbury, MA and took his first vows on September 8, 1941. Three years later he made his perpetual vows at the Oblate Residence in Essex, NY. He was ordained a priest on June 2, 1947 in Washington, DC by Bishop Arsene Turquetil, OMI, retired Bishop of Hudson Bay, Canada.
After ordination he was employed as a teacher at the Holy Angels Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY, and continued his education in 1951 at the new Bishop Fallon High School in Buffalo.
He later taught at Minor Oblate Seminary in Newburgh, NY for four years before volunteering for the Oblate Mission in Japan, where he served for 13 years as seminary rector and mission treasurer.
In late 1965, while vacationing in the United States, he was a passenger on an Eastern Airlines flight that was involved in a mid-air collision outside of New York City, and he spent several months recovering.
He then enlisted in the US Army as a chaplain and served in Korea, Okinawa, Vietnam, Germany and Japan until 1980. He received the Nation Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals (with 3 bronze stars) among many other military awards.
In 1980, the provincial asked him to be pastor of St. Timothy’s Parish in Miami, where he oversaw the building of a new church. He then became Superior of the Oblate Residence and Infirmary at Tewksbury. He later served as a chaplain for the Army in Germany and West Point from 1987 to 1999. He continued his military service as a chaplain at the Soldiers Home in Washington, DC (2000-02), then lived in Tewksbury, where he preached retreats and novenas. He was chaplain at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home for more than 20 years, a position he held until his death.
Mrs. Healy’s visit will be at St. Michael’s Chapel in the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, Monday, January 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. His funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. To attend Monday Mass remotely, please visit:
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On Tuesday, January 18, his visit will be at the Oblate Residence, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. His funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Oblate Cemetery, Tewksbury.
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Donations in memory of Fr. Healy can be made to the Oblate Infirmary Fund, 486 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876. For condolences or directions, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com.
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Published by Lowell Sun on January 16, 2022.