|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1918|
|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1994|
Rev Philip Francis Barrett OSA
Philip was born on March 12, 1918 in Philadelphia PA to Patrick and Anna (Aneen) Barrett. He was baptized in the Church of St Francis de Sales, Philadelphia, on March 24. Raised in Larksville PA, he attended St Vincent's School in Plymouth PA. His first contact with the Augustinians was at Augustinian Academy, Staten Island NY, where he was a postulant during the academic years 1935-1936. Following his high school education, he worked at Bendex Aviation Corporation. With the outbreak of the Second World War, Phil entered the military in 1942, serving in the Navy until 1945. Taking advantage of the GI Bill of Rights, Phil enrolled in Villanova College in one of the first large postwar classes. He graduated with an AB degree in economics in 1949. For a brief time, he was an accounting instructor at King's College, Wiles Barre PA. In September of 1949, he was received into the Augustinian Novitiate at New Hamburg NY, where he professed simple vows on September 10, 1950 and three years later solemn vows. Phil studied theology at Augustinian College, Washington DC and was ordained on June 6, 1953 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Following his ordination he continued graduate studies in accounting and finance at Catholic University from which he received a master's degree in 1954.
Fr Barrett's first assignment was to the faculty of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington DC, in 1954. Five years later, he was appointed the second rector of the school. In 1961, he was transferred to Merrimack College, North Andover MA, as dean pf men and professor of theology. Fr Barrett, along with Fr George Burnell OSA, began preparation with the Archdiocese of Boston for opening a preparatory school in the Merrimack Valley. The school, Austin Preparatory school in Merrimack Valley, was to open its doors in the fall of 1963 with Fr Barrett as rector. However, in September of 1962 Fr Barrett was assigned to Villanova University, Villanova PA, as dean of the College of Commerce and Finance. For the next 14 years he worked to improve the College of Commerce and Finance, eventually achieving accreditation by the American Academy of Collegiate Schools of Business. In recognition of his efforts Villanova University granted him an honorary doctorate of Humanities in 1977. During the 1980s until his retirement in 1993, Father served in many parishes in the Province. He was assistant at St Thomas of Villanova, Rosemont PA and St Genevieve Parish, Flourtown PA; Pastor of St Joseph's Church in Greenwich NY. In 1972, when a disastrous flood struck Wilkes Barrett, Fr Barrett organized and served as director of the flood relief.
Fr Barrett had a great love for the outdoors and with brother Augustinians spent many vacations camping and fishing. His personality and enthusiasm for Villanova attracted the support of many influential business men. In 1993, as his health began to fail due to heart condition, Phil was assigned to St Thomas Monastery on the campus of the university. Fr Barrett died on this date after a short stay at the Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr PA.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 3, 1994 at St Thomas of Villanova Church. The celebrant was Fr John Hagen OSA, the prior provincial. Before the prayers of commendation, brief remarks were delivered by the dean of Commerce and Finance, Alvin A Clay. Interment was the following day in the family plot of St Stephen's Cemetery in Lehman PA.
Patrick Barrett (1891 - 1956)
Saint Stephens Cemetery
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Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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Rest In Peace, Father Philip!|
Added: Dec. 1, 2012