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Rev. Joseph Charles Henchey, CSS called Home to the Lord

Rev. Joseph Charles Henchey, CSS, Spiritual Director at  Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary from 2002-2006, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday. April 7, 2021.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 Rev. Joseph Charles Henchey, CSS, STD was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, on June 2, 1930.  He entered the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata on January 6, 1946, and was ordained a Stigmatine Priest in Rome, Italy, on July 1, 1956. 

Father Henchey received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, in 1973.  He served in Rome teaching at the Pontifical University for over 20 years, and also as General Councilor of the Stigmatine Congregation [1970-1976 and 1988-1990]. Following this, he taught several years at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT.

In 1996, the North American Episcopal Conference appointed Father Henchey to the Pontifical North American College in Rome as an Assistant Spiritual Director.  Father Henchey held this position until 2002, when he was then appointed to the same position at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA. 

In the fall of 2006, he was appointed to Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago, IL, as occupant of the Paluch Chair of Theology.  He held this position until 2009, when he was appointed as Professor of Theology and a Formation Director to the St. Joseph Seminary [Dunwoodie] in Yonkers, NY, position that he held until March, 2014. He also served as weekend presider at the Stigmatine Parish Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in White Plains, NY, from 2009 to 2012. In the fall of 2015, Father Henchey returned to Mundelein Seminary as Adjunct Spiritual Director. 

He has also traveled widely giving retreats, courses and lectures to priests, religious and the laity. 

For all of his Stigmatine life, Father Henchey has been a student of St. Gaspar Bertoni, the founder of the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata.

Funeral Mass

Friday, April 16th
11:30 AM
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
5 East Main Street
Milford, Massachusetts
Rectory: (508) 634-5435

 More information will be available on the Joyce Funeral Home website over the weekend:

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