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Reverend N. Joseph Pray

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Reverend N. Joseph Pray 1922 - 2011 RUTLAND Reverend N. Joseph Pray, 88, died June 15, 2011, in Rutland. He was born on July 19, 1922 in Poultney, the son of Edward O. and Anna W. Ryan Pray. Father Pray attended St. Michael's College, Colchester, St. Thomas Preparatory Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn., Seminaire de Philosophie, Montreal, P.Q. and St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Mass. He was ordained for the priesthood on June 3, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington by Bishop Edward F. Ryan. His priestly ministry began as associate pastor at St. Francis de Sales Paris in Bennington (1950-1952). He then served as Assistant to the Director of Vermont Catholic Charities while serving as the Director of the Don Bosco Home in Burlington (1952-1956). He also served as Associate Pastor at St Michael Parish, Brattleboro (1956-1963). His first pastorate was at St. Joseph Parish in Chester (1963-1969). He also served as pastor at St. Ann Parish, Milton (1969-1974); St. John Vianney Parish, South Burlington (1974-1981) and St Francis de Sales, Bennington (1981-1992). Father Pray was granted Senior Priest Status in October 1992. Some of his diocesan responsibilities were Direct Director of the Vermont Council of Catholic Women, Diocesan Ecumenical Committee, Priests' Benefit Fund, Priests' Senate, Priests' Presbyteral Council, Personnel Board, as well as the Dean of the South Burlington and Bennington Deaneries. He leaves his nieces, Mary Dahlin of Proctor, Patricia Sheehan of Bedford, N.H., Lorraine Riehman of Escondito, Calif., Barbara Pray of South Burlington, Judy Pray of Rutland, Christine Peele of Weedsport, N.Y., and Martha Musto of Skillman N.J. He was predeceased by three sisters, Florence Leahy, Eleanor Pray, and Frances Duprey; a brother, Edward Pray; and nephews, Joseph and Richard Duprey. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ The King Church, Rutland, on Monday, June 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. by Bishop Salvatore R. Mantano. The homilist will be Father Thomas Campion. Calling hours will be held Sunday at the church from 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. Arrangements are under the direction of CLIFFORD FUNERAL HOME.

Published in Bennington Banner on June 18, 2011
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