Rev. Joseph Reilly, 78 Was Pastor in Burlington

Boston Globe
June 6, 1992

Rev. Joseph P. Reilly, the former pastor of St. Malachy's Church in Burlington and a former Army chaplain who made 31 jumps with the paratroopers to whom he ministered, died Thursday in St. John of God Hospital in Brighton. He was 78 and lived in Roslindale.

Father Reilly was born and raised in Roxbury and graduated from Boston English High School in 1936. He graduated from Boston College in 1940 and entered St. John's Seminary in Brighton, becoming a priest in 1943. He was ordained by Cardinal Richard Cushing, then still an auxiliary bishop, in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

He served the parishes of St. Mary's in Foxborough, St. Agatha's in East Milton, St. Martha's in Plainville and St. Malachy's.

He was an Army chaplain on active duty from 1946 to 1948 and remained in the reserve until retiring with the rank of colonel in 1964.

After retiring from St. Malachy's in 1986, Father Reilly was named senior priest in residence at St. John's Church in North Cambridge and stayed in that role until 1989. After that he confined himself to celebrating Sunday Masses in his home parish of Holy Name in West Roxbury.

Father Reilly leaves five nieces, a nephew and two grand-nephews.

A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Monday in the Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury.


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