Jerome Carey, OFM
1893 – 1971
Br. Jerome Carey, OFM, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 9, 1893. He was a stonecutter and a longshoreman in Brooklyn before joining the friars at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., as a Tertiary Brother.
He was received into the novitiate by Fr. Mathias Faust, OFM, Aug. 24, 1925, and professed temporary vows on Aug. 25, 1926. He made his solemn profession of vows in at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., on Aug. 25, 1929.
Br. Jerome’s first assignment was to Holy Cross Friary in Clason Point, N.Y., as a cook. He also served as a sacristan at St. Francis Friary in Brookline, Mass., in 1936, and then was assigned to St. Joseph’s Seminary as cook and farm-worker for the next 13 years. He also served in St. Joseph’s Friary in East Rutherford, N.J., St. Stephen’s Friary in Croghan, N.Y., and Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. In 1954 , he went to Paterson where he worked for the next 16 years.
Br. Jerome had a devotion to “working with his hands” and a simple genuine respect for the priesthood. He died at the friary infirmary at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y. on May 20, 1971. He was 77 years old and a professed friar for 44 years.