Rev. William J. Duffy, 96; Jesuit Priest Taught at BC High

Boston Globe
July 26, 1998

The Rev. William J. Duffy, a Jesuit priest, died Thursday at Deaconess Waltham Hospital. He was 96.

Father Duffy graduated from Boston College in 1918, and completed his Jesuit Novitiate formation in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1920. He studied at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., until 1922. He traveled to the Philippines and taught at the Ateneo de Manila for two years.

In 1927 he returned to the United States and taught for a year at Boston College High School. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1931, after studying theology at Weston College for four years.

He returned to teaching at BC High and also was a spiritual counselor of students. He was spiritual director at BC High from 1935 to 1938 and administrator of the Jesuit community there until 1944. He served as a US Army chaplain for two years.

Father Duffy was administrator at St. Mary's Church in Boston from 1946 to 1955. He did pastoral work at the Immaculate Conception Church until 1975, when he began doing similar work at St. Cecilia's Church in Back Bay.

He worked at St. Cecilia's until 1990, helping the poor and the elderly and doing the shopping for his elderly neighbors. In 1990 he moved to the Jesuit residence on Newbury Street where he continued to work until 1994, when he retired to the Campion Residence and Renewal Center in Weston because of failing health.

He leaves a sister, Mary T. Duffy of Dorchester, and a cousin, Josephine Finn of Weymouth.

A funeral Mass will be said tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Campion Center in Weston. Burial will be in the Jesuit Cemetery in Weston.

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