Buffalo native Father Jeremiah McGinley, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 67 years and a priest for 63, died on Aug. 30 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 89.
Born Oct. 12, 1928, in Buffalo to Vincent and Marie (McFarland) McGinley, Father McGinley attended P.S. 72 Elementary School and Canisius High School. Following graduation in 1946, he attended St. Bonaventure University, where he earned a degree in philosophy in 1950.
He was received into the Order of Friars Minor on Aug. 12, 1950, in Paterson, N.J., and professed his first vows a year later. On Aug. 13, 1954, Father McGinley professed his final vows as a Franciscan at Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1955, at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C.
His first assignment was as an assistant at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish on East 82nd Street in New York City, where he served from 1955 to 1959. In 1959, he was assigned to serve on the province's mission band, the ministry through which friars travel to various parishes giving retreats and preaching missions. He was based for a year at St. Elizabeth Parish in Denver, and from 1959 until 1985, he lived at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.
Father McGinley was assigned in 1985 to St. Anne Parish in Fair Lawn, N.J., where he served for 20 years until Holy Name Province withdrew from the parish. In 2005, he was assigned to Sacred Heart Friary in East Rutherford, N.J. While there, he worked at St. Anthony's Guild and helped at local parishes including St. Anne's, where he often participated in St. Patrick's Day festivities. In 2008, he moved back to St. Anthony Friary in Butler and retired there four years later.
Burial took place at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler.