William J. Duffy

Patriot Ledger
July 25, 1998

WESTON -- William J. Duffy, 96, of the Society of Jesus, the oldest Jesuit priest in the Northeast Province of the United States, died Thursday at the Campion Center in Weston.

The Rev. Duffy was born in Roxbury and raised in Dorchester.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1918 in Yonkers, N.Y., shortly after graduating from Boston College High School.

The Rev. Duffy had worked in Quincy briefly during the summer after his high school graduation building submarines for use in World War I.

During his long career, the Rev. Duffy taught in the Philippines, graduated from a chaplain training program at Harvard and was an Army chaplain during World War II.

For many years, the Rev. Duffy was pastor of St. Mary's Church in the North End of Boston, where he established the choir. He also worked at Boston College High School, at Immaculate Conception Church in Boston and at St. Cecelia's Church in the South End for 25 years, where he also started a choir.

After retirement at age 89, he lived in the Jesuit community residence on Newbury Street in Boston before moving to the Campion Center in Weston a few years ago.

The Rev. Duffy is survived by his sister, Mary Duffy of Dorchester; several nephews; and many cousins.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Campion Center.

Visiting is 4 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Campion Center.

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