Fr Mortimer Paul Foley

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Fr Mortimer Paul Foley

  • Birth 2 Nov 1912
  • Death 14 Nov 1985
  • Burial Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Augustinian Plot.
  • Memorial ID 68653707

Father Mortimer Paul Foley OSA., was born on November 2, 1912, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Edward Foley and Anna Cronin and received his early education at Shaw School, Boston. He was a 1930 graduate of Boston English High School, Boston.

Mortimer was received into the Augustinian novitiate on September 9, 1932, professing his simple vows in the Order of St. Augustine on September 11, 1933, and his solemn vows on September 11, 1936.

He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1937. He then pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. from 1937 to 1941. He also did graduate studies in English and History at Catholic University of America, Washington. Mortimer was ordained to the priesthood on June 10, 1940.

Father Foley's first assignment was in 1941, to St. Rita High School, Chicago, as a teacher. He was transferred in 1942, to St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, where he served as assistant pastor. In 1948, he was named assistant pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Chicago.

From 1953 to 1957, he was rector of Postulants at St. Augustine Seminary, Holland, Michigan. He returned to parish ministry in 1957, when he was appointed assistant pastor of St. Rita Catholic Parish, Chicago. Because of declining health, he retired from full-time ministry in 1980, but continued to reside at St. Rita Parish.

In his final years Father Foley suffered from atherosclerotic heart disease. He died on November 14, 1985, as a result of congestive heart failure.

Father Foley was a humorous and gentle man. He is buried in the Augustinian plot at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 19 Apr 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 68653707
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Mortimer Paul Foley (2 Nov 1912–14 Nov 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68653707, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .