Fr. James Barry
1941 - July 24, 2012
|1975/1976 CCHS Theology Department
Front row, left to right: Rev. Quentin Walsh, Rev. Jim Barry, Rev. Fred Voltaggio, Rev. Peter Sullivan
Back row, left to right: Rev. Martin Mannion, Mr. Bob Cummings, Rev. Bob McDermott, Rev. William Quinn
Father James F. Barry, retired pastor, dies
Catholic Star Herald
THURSDAY, 02 AUGUST 2012 12:52 WRITTEN BY ADMIN2 E-mailPrintPDF
Father James Francis Barry, a retired pastor and priest in the Diocese of Camden for 45 years, died July 21 at the age of 71.
Born on Feb. 6, 1941, in Philadelphia, Father Barry studied at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa., before being ordained on May 20, 1967 by Camden Bishop Celestine J. Damiano.
His first assignment was as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Joan of Arc, Camden; St. Francis de Sales, Barrington; St. Veronica, Delair; St. John Bosco, Millville; St. Lawrence, Lindenwold; and St. Pius X, Cherry Hill.
In 1993, Father Barry became pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Clayton, where he stayed until 2000. From 2003 to 2004, he was administrator at St. Nicholas, Egg Harbor City.
In 2004, he began serving as pastor of St. Mary, Salem, where he ministered until his retirement in 2010.
In addition to his parish work, Father Barry was a part-time faculty member at St. Joseph High School in Camden; Camden County CYO Director; religion teacher at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill; and Defender of the Bond/Procurator of the Tribunal for the Camden Diocese.
“He was a good friend, and a good priest,” recalled Father Richard Lodge, who served with Father Barry at Transfiguration in West Collingswood, when Father Lodge was pastor, and Father Barry was In-Residence.
“He was someone who could talk about serious stuff (one minute), and (the next) have a good laugh,” Father Lodge said, adding that he always had a smile on his face, and loved his black Labrador, Brenna.
Father Barry also was proud of his Irish heritage. His Fridays were spent playing the bodhram and spoon, as the Irish band “Blarney” performed at Ocean Drive in Sea Isle City. Countless hours were also spent on the computers, where he traced his Irish roots, discovering ancestors and establishing connections with distant family along the way.
“He didn’t put on any airs; he was always there for people,” Father Lodge said.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 25, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, St. Mary Church, Salem.
Burial took place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pa.
A priest’s mission, one he never talked about
Catholic Star Herald
THURSDAY, 05 SEPTEMBER 2013 11:18 WRITTEN BY MSGR. CIARAN P. O’MEARAIN E-mailPrintPDF
One year ago Father James Barry, retired pastor of Salem, died in the Lord. Priests are easily forgotten and their good deeds "oft interred with their bones." But, for me, there was a defining event in Father Jim's life rendering him forever memorable.
Father Barry lived with us at St. John Bosco Parish, Millville, while he was vice principal of Sacred Heart High School, and, later, as parochial vicar. He was ever a gracious and gentle member of the household.
During the troubles in Northern Ireland, 1968-98, there was a period of internment, 1971-75, during which 1,981 young people, mostly from the Catholic minority, were arrested and imprisoned without trial. Unfortunately, internment only led to outrage in the minority community.
It was during the internment period Father Barry spent his vacation at my sister's home in Belfast. He went out every day, trailed by an army helicopter, to visit those distraught young people who languished in jail. It was a dangerous undertaking, and a secret mission he shared with none.
It was only after his return to America my sister began to receive calls from parents of the interned thanking her for Father Barry and the consolation he brought to their sons and daughters.
In death he was embraced by the One who was also arrested, who stood with people of little significance; pushed off the road of life and relegated to the margins. Perhaps He whispered gently into Jim's surprised ear:
"I was in prison and you came to visit me" (Mt 25:36).
Msgr. Ciaran P. O'Mearain is a retired pastor of the Diocese of Camden.
Last Revision Date: September 25, 2013