FUNERAL OF A CLERGYMAN
Impressive Burial of the Late Rev. Joseph Richey--Protestant Episcopal Church Ceremonial--Church Service, etc. (Reported for the Baltimore Sun)
The remains of Rev. Joseph Richey, priest and rector of Mt. Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church, which had been brought from England, where he died, were buried yesterday in St. John's churchyard, Waverly.Deeply impressive services attended the burial. . . . At noon the order for the burial for the dead was recited at Mt. Calvary. The coffin, made of English elm, as it was transported across the ocean, occupied a catafalque at the head of the main aisle before the altar. A pall of purple silk was thrown over the casket, and was nearly hidden by a wreath of floral tributes in various shapes--crosses, crowns, pillows of rest made of white and red flowers. A magnificent cross of Calvary, made of pure white flowers and standing four feet high, was placed in the sanctuary, a gift of the vestry and wardens. At the left of the altar the rector's chair was shrouded under a purple mantle. The pulpit cloth was of the same color. The altar was a blaze of light and covered with rich flowers. Six tapers burned brightly at the sides of the coffin in large candlesticks.
At noon the processional began.... The immediate family of Dr. Richey came afterwards, as follows: Rev. Dr. Thomas Richey, of Minnesota, brother of the deceased, with a sister; Rev. Dr. White, of Pennsylvania, an uncle; Rev. Thomas White, Samuel Orchard, of New York, with other relatives and ladies. . . . Carriages were taken for St. John's Church, Waverly. . . . At St. John's Church gate, Waverly, the procession was reformed in the same order as before, and the march to the grave was taken up. . . . The grave was dug in the eastern portion of the cemetery attached to St. John's Church, in the lot of Mt. Calvary, where there is a single grave, that of Sister Harriet, one of the order of All Saints, who died about a year ago. The place is surrounded by flowering shrubbery, willows, and other shade trees. Within the cemetery are buried the remains of many clergymen. It was the express wish of Rev. Dr. Richey that his remains should be laid at rest here. . . . The throng of spectators at Waverly was nearly as large as in the city, many reaching the church by car lines, special phaetons, and private carriages. . . . A memorial service will be held at Mt. Calvary Church next Sunday, and Rev. Mr. Wm. F. Brand, of St. Mary's Church, Emmorton, Harford County, Md., will preach.
excerpted from Baltimore SUN 19 October 1877
Memorial Services for the Rev. Joseph Richey
There was a full choral service yesterday at Mount Calvary Church in memory of the late rector Rev. Joseph Richey. Mourning tokens remained on the altar and the chair of the rector was draped. Rev. Mr. Lance of Wisconsin officiated. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Mr. Bartow, Rev. R.H. Paine, episteler, Rev. Thos. White, gospeler, and four other clergymen assisting.
Rev. Wm. F. Brand, of Harford County, who was the intimate friend, spiritual adviser and confessor of the deceased, preached a memorial sermon from the text, "Go up higher." In the course of his remarks Mr. Brand mentioned that Rev. Joseph Richey was born in Newry, County Down, Ireland, in 1843, and was brought by his parents to this country when 10 years of age, his home being at first in Western Pennsylvania. When his brother, Rev. Thos. Richey, was rector of this church, he came in 1859 to Baltimore as a candidate for holy orders. He graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1869. As a student he was remarkable for intellectuality and industry, and his attainments were very great. In 1870 he was ordained, and became one of the priests of the Church of the Advent, Boston, and came to Baltimore in 1872 as rector of this church under circumstances, the preacher said, which might well have deterred one relying on his own strength. On his coming, however, new life was infused into the parish, the number of clergy was increased, and the Sisters of the Poor from All Saints came to their aid as helpers in educational work. In addition to this was his very remarkable labors among the colored people, securing for them full religious services and schools for boys and girls, of which the bishop has spoken in highest commendation.
Mr. Brand spoke of the arduous labors which broke down the health of the never wearying young priest, his voyage to Ireland for restoration, and his death in London where, one of his friends writes, "he was so good and patient we all thought it a privilege to do for him.
excerpted from Baltimore SUN 21 October 1877
The many friends of REV. JOSEPH RICHEY in Baltimore and elsewhere will be very much pained to learn that a dispatch was received in this city from London, England, announcing his death from consumption, at the age of thirty-three. The reverend gentleman was rector of Mount Calvary Church, corner Madison avenue and Eutaw street. He started on a trip to Europe on the 27th of last July in the hope that his failing health would be benefited. Three weeks ago he was heard from, he then being at Brussels, and his letter indicated that he was no better.
The Rev. Joseph Richey was born in Belfast, Ireland. Coming to this country he joined his brother, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Richey, then rector of Mount Calvary. He was educated at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and at the General Theological Seminary, New York. In 1870 he was ordained, and his first pastoral charge was that of St. John's Church, Delphi, N.Y. From there he went to Boston, and thence to Mount Calvary, this city. The deceased was very energetic in Church work. He erected the churches of St. Mary the Virgin and the Epiphany, (both colored), and established All Saints School, bringing the Sisters of All Saints from London to take charge of it. It was from the mother house of this order in London that the dispatch announcing his death was received. -- Baltimore paper, September 22d.
reprinted in "The Churchman," September 29, 1877
NOTES: I have not been able to learn the names of his parents or of the sister mentioned above. Joseph had a brother, Rev. Thomas D. Richey (1830-1905), who was also an Episcopal minister and respected member of the faculty of the General Theological Seminary in New York. Thomas Richey had a large family whose descendants flourish today.