RINGWOOD, N.J. — Edward Donohue, OFM, 84, a professed Franciscan friar for 61 years and a priest for 57 years, died Feb. 21 at Holy Name Friary.
A wake was held Feb. 24 at St. Anthony Church, Butler, N.J. Provincial Councilor Joseph Nangle, OFM, celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial there on Feb. 25, with Richard Husted, OFM, delivering the homily. Burial followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler.
Edward was born on Aug. 28, 1929 in Jersey City, N.J., to Frank and Mary Donohue, and baptized Edward Joseph at Our Lady of Victories Church in Jersey City. Edward attended St. Aloysius Grammar School and graduated in 1947 from St. Peter’s Preparatory School. After attending St. Peter’s College for three years as a business major, he transferred to St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., which he attended for one year in 1952.
He was received into the Order at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1951 and professed first vows there one year later. Edward completed his philosophical studies at St. Anthony Friary, Butler, and theology studies at Holy Name College in Washington before professing final vows in 1955 at Christ the King Seminary, Allegany, N.Y. He was ordained one year later at Mount St. Sepulchre Friary, Washington.
After ordination, he went to St. Anthony Shrine in 1957 for a year of pastoral theology. Then, in 1958, Edward was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park, N.J., where he served as assistant pastor until 1963. For the next four years, he ministered at St. Joseph Parish, East Rutherford, N.J., until he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in the Echo Lake community of West Milford, N.J. In 1973, he asked to take a year of ongoing theological education at the Washington Theological Union. Afterward, he was assigned to Holy Name Parish in Garfield, N.J.
In 1979, Edward was appointed guardian and pastor of St. Leo Parish, Elmwood Park, N.J. He remained there until 1985 when he joined the pastoral staff of Assumption Parish in Wood-Ridge, N.J. Three years later, he returned to St. Joseph Parish in East Rutherford, serving there until 2005. He retired to St. Anthony Friary, Butler, and transferred to Holy Name Friary in 2011.
Edward is predeceased by his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Carol Donohue, and nieces Cheryl Eskola of Long Valley, N.J., and Karen Donohue of Martinsville, N.J. Condolences may be sent to Carol Donohue, 122 Hillside Ave., West Caldwell NJ 07006. Memorial donations may be sent to Franciscan Friars-Holy Name Province, 144 West 32nd St., New York NY 10001.
— Compiled by Theresa Bartha and Maria Hayes