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Rev. Richard T. Carey

WORCESTER - Rev. Richard T. Carey, 76, former Pastor of St. Joseph's Church in North Brookfield, died Monday, February 22, 2016.

Father Carey was born on August 15, 1939 in Worcester, son of John F. and Jane (Thomas) Carey. He graduated in 1957 from St. Peter High School, Worcester. He studied for the priesthood from 1957 to 1959 at Cardinal O'Connell Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain and from 1959 to 1965 at St. John Seminary, Brighton where he also received a master of divinity degree. He is also a graduate of the Notre Dame Clergy Institute, South Bend, Ind., and received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Anna Maria College in Paxton.

Father Carey was ordained a priest on February 13, 1965, in St. Paul Cathedral by Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan.

On March 3, 1965, Father Carey was named associate pastor at St. Stephen Parish, Worcester. In January 1966, he was named the first chaplain of the diocesan Christian Family Movement.

In 1972, Father Carey was named associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Gardner. In 1980 and 1981 he was an associate pastor in St. Richard Parish in Kingston, Jamaica. Later, he was an associate pastor of St. Paul Cathedral Parish and St. Louis Parish, Webster.

On Feb. 1, 1983, he was named pastor of Prince of Peace Parish, Princeton. On April 10, 1987 he was appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish, Worcester and in June 1989, was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish, North Brookfield where he remained until his retirement in 2010.

Father Carey was predeceased by his brother, John F. Carey Jr. of Calif. and his sister, Mary Jane Kolarik of South Carolina. He leaves his loving and adoring "baby sister" Patricia A. Carey of North Oxford, who will miss him very much, and many cousins and their families.

The funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 27, at 11 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., Worcester. Bishop Robert J. McManus will be the principal celebrant. Calling hours at St. Stephen's Church are Friday, February 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. when the Vigil Prayer Service will begin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Diocese of Worcester Clergy Benefit Plan, in care of Lynne Brissette, 40 Brattle St., Worcester, MA 01606.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.


Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25, 2016.
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