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Rev Fr Noel McSweeney

Rev Fr Noel McSweeney

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 31 Jul 1999 (aged 81)
Lumberton, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Garrison, Putnam County, New York, USA
Plot Tier 2 Row 3 Grave 2
Memorial ID 161446355 · View Source
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Fr. Noel McSweeney, S.A.
1918-1999

Patrick Henry McSweeney was born on March 13, 1918 in New York City, son of Catherine O'Dwyer McSweeney and John McSweeney. Patrick was one of six siblings, four brothers and one sister. His elementary education took place at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in the Bronx. High School studies were pursued at Theodore Roosevelt High School on Fordham Road in the Bronx.

Patrick entered St. John's Atonement Seminary at Graymoor in September, 1939. On July 25, 1941, he entered the novitiate at Saranac Lake, NY, receiving the name of Noel. First profession of vows was made in July, 1942 and final commitment on October 4, 1945. He pursued studies in philosophy and theology at the Catholic University, Washington, D.C., receiving a BA degree. Noel was ordained to the Priesthood along with Urban Gillis, S.A. by Francis Cardinal Spellman in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City on February 21, 1948. Noel celebrated his first solemn mass on February 22, 1948 at the Church of Our Savior, Bronx, N.Y.

Following ordination Noel attended the Preacher's Institute at Catholic University in preparation for the Graymoor Mission Band to which he was appointed. After many years on the Mission Band, Noel was assigned to administrative duties which included the following: Novice Director at Cumberland, R.I.; Master of Brothers at Graymoor; Director of the Vocation Department; Mission Procurator; and Retreat Director at Our Lady of the Atonement Retreat House, Gardiner Mines, Nova Scotia. Later he was assigned to the mission parishes in North Carolina where he was pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lumberton for fifteen years. Noel retired in Lumberton for several years.

Due to ill health, Noel returned to Graymoor. On July 31, 1999 while a patient at Hudson Valley Hospital, Noel went home to God. A wake service and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Little Flower Chapel at Graymoor. Interment took place at the Friars' Cemetery.




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  • Created by: Bro. Timothy F. MacDonald, SA
  • Added: 21 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161446355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Noel McSweeney (13 Mar 1918–31 Jul 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161446355, citing Friars Cemetery at Graymoor, Garrison, Putnam County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Bro. Timothy F. MacDonald, SA (contributor 46808750) .