Berard McInerney, OFM
1922 – 1993
Fr. Berard McInerney, OFM, was born in Sterling, N.J., on Aug. 20, 1922. His elementary and secondary education was at St. Rose of Lima and at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.
He was received into the Province’s novitiate in Paterson, N.J., in 1942 and professed temporary vows the following year, as joining his two brothers, Fr. Athanasius McInerney, OFM, and Fr. Raphael McInerney, OFM, as members of Holy Name Province. In 1946, Fr. Berard made his profession of solemn vows, and he was ordained a priest in 1949 in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Berard spent one year as an assistant in Callicoon before going to Brazil as a missionary. He spent his entire Franciscan life in pastoral ministry in Brazil. Fr. Berard served as pastor and superior in Ceres, Goias, the minor seminary in Anapolis, Porangatu, Brasilia, St. Francis Parish in Anapolis and served also in Goiania and Goinandira.
During his many years in Brazil, Fr. Berard served as vicar general in each diocese in which he labored. He was a builder of schools, churches and community during his 43 years as a missionary.
He celebrated his 50th jubilee as a friar with his classmates in the United States. The day after his return to Brazil, on Aug. 23, 1993, he died in Brasilia. Fr. Berard was 71 years old, a professed friar for 50 years and a priest for 44 years.