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Rev Fr William John Cartwright, CSP
Birth: Jul. 31, 1870
Roxbury
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1933
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on June 31, 1870, the older brother of Paulist Father Richard Cartwright, William Cartwright worked for many years as an electrician for the Edison Company before entering St. Thomas College in 1902. He was professed on June 11, 1905 and was ordained the following year on June 9th with classmates William Gorman, James Devery, Thomas J. Lantry O'Neill, Robert Skinner and William Finn.

Fr. Cartwright spent his early priestly years on the missions in the South and then the Northwest. In 1914 he was appointed the second Paulist Superior at St. Philip Neri parish in Portland, Oregon, where he designed and built the first rectory. In the 1920's he was superior in Austin, San Francisco and Chicago before returning to Portland in 1930.

In 1932 his health began to decline. In April a serious fall broke & virtually paralyzed his right arm, and then in May a cancerous tumor was removed from his kidney. These factors led him to resign as the Portland pastorate and return to New York. Although he showed some remarkable improvement immediately after the surgery, by the winter of 1933 he weakened rapidly. His decline continued until his death in mid-June. By the end of his life, he prayed the rosary daily, "for poor priests who are unworthy of their calling that they may repent before it is too late." At his passing he was 62 years of age and had been ordained for just over 27 years.

Father "Will" was greatly mourned by his family and friends when he died, and all remembered the great missionary and parish service he gave the Paulists for over a quarter century. Writing for the "Missionary" in 1917, describing the difficulties of a winter railroad car mission through rural Oregon, Father Cartwright offered a flavor of his priesthood: "It is hoped that the Car will return again before the summer -- in the days when walking will be possible -- and get in touch with the people living three or four miles out. The harvest is there; let us gather it in."

 
 
Burial:
Saint Paul the Apostle Church
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Church Basement: Not Open to the Public
 
Maintained by: Paulist Archives
Originally Created by: Esperer
Record added: Nov 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44547707
Rev Fr William John Cartwright, CSP
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Rev Fr William John Cartwright, CSP
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Rev Fr William John Cartwright, CSP
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Rest In Peace, Father William!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
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