Paul J. Barry

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On Monday, January 14, 2013 at Carroll Manor Nursing Home on the grounds of Providence Hospital. Paul John Barry was born in 1920 to loving parents Annie Fleming and Anthony Barry (di Bari) in Washington, DC. His family (including two older brothers, William and Anthony) moved to Capitol Heights, MD. in 1925 where they had built their new home on Bye Street. Ordained in 1948, he was a priest for the next 65 years, first as a member of the Marist Order and then as a priest of the Washington Archdiocese. He taught English and French at the Marist Seminary in Lafayette, LA and then served as personal secretary to the General of the Marist Order in Rome for ten years, 1958 - 1967. As a diocesan priest he served in many capacities: parish priest, archivist of the Archdiocese, a member of the Marriage Tribunal, and college professor in literature and church history at Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD. As a private artist, he worked in pen and ink drawing, printmaking, watercolor, wood carving, and stained glass. His garden of azaleas, boxwood, and dogwoods at his family's home won recognition locally.
He is survived by seven nieces and a nephew.Friends may call at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church, 2400 Brooks Drive, Suitland, MD on Thursday, January 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. a Vigil Mass will be offered at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernardine of Siena Church. Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Carroll Manor Nursing Home, c/o Providence Hospital, 725 Buchanan St. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Online guestbook available at:

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2013