Rev Fr John Overend

Rev Fr John Overend

Birth
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 24 Jul 1978 (aged 78)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Oak Ridge, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 91714585 · View Source
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The son of a train engineer, Fr John Overend, CSP, was born in Toronto on August 23, 1899. He attended local schools and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1922.

After meeting the Paulists in Toronto he applied to the Society and entered the novitiate in 1923. He made his first profession on September 14, 1927 and was then ordained, along with classmates, John Colleary, John McLellan, Donald Barry, Joseph Carvil, John McGinn, John McGuire, James Moir and John Carvlin, on June 2, 1928.

His first assignments in the late 1920's and early 30's were to parish and Newman work first in New York followed by Washington and Berkeley. In mid-1933 he returned to his native Toronto as procurator of St. Peter's parish until 1938 when he was named Superior in Austin, Texas.

After his term there he worked briefly as a curate at New York's Good Shepherd parish, then at Old St. Mary's in Chicago before a returning to Berkeley's Newman Hall as Superior.

In 1953 he moved to Lubbock for two years followed by a one year stint on the staff of the parish of Saint Paul the Apostle in New York.

In 1956 he opened a Paulist chapel and Information Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but it closed after one year due to a lack of demand. He went on to be procurator in San Francisco for two years and in then in 1959 was named Superior of the Paulist foundation in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he supervised the building of the new chapel and greatly increased the student programming.

Tired and increasingly arthritic, he declined reappointment in 1962 and returned to Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in New York for light parish work, retiring from active ministry in 1968. It was there that he passed away at the age of 78 shortly after celebrating his Golden Jubilee of Priesthood.


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  • Created by: Paulist Archives
  • Added: 10 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 91714585
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr John Overend (23 Aug 1899–24 Jul 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 91714585, citing Saint Thomas the Apostle Cemetery, Oak Ridge, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Paulist Archives (contributor 47227615) .