Requiescat In Pace – Fr. Jack McAtee, OSA

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Fr. Jack McAtee, OSA, on May 21, 2019.  Funeral Arrangements have been announced and will take place in both Waterford, NY and Villanova, PA.

Viewing:
Saturday, May 25, 2019
St. Mary’s Church, Waterford, NY
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Funeral Mass Following
Saturday, May 25, 2019
St. Mary’s Church, Waterford, NY
11:00 am

 

Viewing:
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, PA
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Funeral Mass Following
Saturday, May 25, 2019
St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova, PA
10:30 am
Burial following the funeral Mass
Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, PA

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Fr. John Francis McAtee, OSA

January 26, 1940 – May 21, 2019

“John Frances McAtee was born on January 26, 1940, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Francis A. McAtee and Dorothy Johnson.  He was baptized on February 11, 1940, at Transfiguration Church, Philadelphia, and attended Saint Alice Parish School, Upper Darby, from 1945 to 1947, Saint Cyril Parish School, E. Lansdowne, from 1947 – 1953, and Msgr. Bonner High School, Drexel Hill, from 1953 to 1957.  He was received into the Order as a novice on September 9, 1957, and after a year at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, he professed simple vows on September 10, 1958.  He then attended Villanova University and received his BA in Philosophy in 1962.  He professed solemn vows on September 10, 1961.  Jack was sent to Collegio Santa Monica, Rome, for his theological education, and received the STI.  He was ordained in the chapel of Santa Monica on February 12, 1966, by Cardinal Amleto Cicognani.

Father Jack returned to the United States and was assigned to Saint John of Sahagun Friary, Washington, DC, where he taught at Archbishop Carroll High Schoool for one year.  In 1967 he volunteered for the Province’s mission in Japan and attended language school in Tokyo for two years before being appointed in 1969 Associate Pastor of Saint Monica Parish, Nagoya.  In 1971, he was assigned as Associate Pastor at Our Mother of Consolation Parish, Nagasaki, where he also taught religion and English in the parochial school.  In 1979, Father Jack was named Pastor of Saint Augustine Church Tokyo, and in 1981, Pastor of Saint Monica Parish, Nagoya.  In 1982, he was appointed Pastor and teacher in Nagasaki and served in those roles until 1983, remaining in Nagasaki as head of the Sei Maria School until 1989.  From 1989 to 1993 he was assigned to Fukuoka, aas Associate Pastor of Saint Augustin Parish and headmaster of the Kindergarten.

In 1993, after 25 years in Japan, Father Jack returned to the United States and was assigned to campus ministry at Villanova University.  From 1993 to 1998, and again from 2007 to 2009, he was a member of the Saint AugustineFriary Community, and from 1998 to 2006 was Prior of Saint Thomas Monastery.  In 2006 he was assigned to Saxony Hall, Rosemont, for one year.  With a missionary heart still active and alert, he volunteered for the mission in SouthAfrica and served there from 2009 to 2014.  In April 2014 he returned to the United States and was assigned to Sainte Augustine Friary, Villanova.  On July 20, 2015, he was assigned to Saint Mary’s Friary in Waterford, New York, where he assumed the position of Parochial Vicar for both Saint Mary’s and Saint Augustine’s Parish, Troy.

Father Jack passed away suddenly at Saint Mary’s Friary on May 21, 2019. He had been a certified acupressure practitioner since 1995 and a Tai Chi practitioner and teacher since 1997.  He could often be seen practicing Tai Chi, to the surprise and pleasure of passersby, on the lawn outside of the communities where he lived.”

Written by Fr. James D. McBurney, OSA, Province Secretary

 


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