Dear Brothers, Associates and Friends,
Our beloved brother and zealous Passionist missionary, Father Henry Free, C.P., died peacefully late this afternoon at Immaculate Conception Monastery in Jamaica. The community gathered and prayed with him as he took this journey home to the Father. On this Vigil of Pentecost let us commend our brother to the God he loved and served for so many years. May he rest in peace.
Details will follow.
Your brother in JXP,
Father Henry Free, C.P.
Father Henry Free, a Passionist priest, died at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, NY on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. He was 86, born on December 28th, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ. Son of the late Henry Free and the late Frances Stahlin Free, brother of Father Daniel Free, C.P. of Jamaica, NY and the late Conran Free, C.P.; uncle of Conran Arahill of Avenel, NJ and Patricia Furia of Bloomfield, NJ. Fr. Henry attended Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ and graduated from Holy Cross Prep Seminary, Dunkirk, NY. He entered the Passionist novitiate and professed vows at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA in 1951. After completing his BA and MA at St. Michael’s in Union City, Father Free was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cuthbert M. O’Gara, C.P. on April 25th, 1958 in Union City, NJ.
Father Free traveled to the Philippines where he became the Assistant Parish Priest in Banga, then Marbel, and finally Tupi. In 1965 he served as the Parish Priest at Milbuk. Father Henry continued serving in the Philippines as Parish Priest from 1965-1984. In 1985 he served as the Vicar at Calumpang and as Hospital Chaplain in General Santos City. From 2000 to 2004, Father Henry served as Assistant Parish Priest at Holy Rosary Parish, Sun Valley.
After more than 40 years in the Philippines, Father Henry returned to the US to live at Holy Family Retreat and Monastery in 2004. In 2009, Father Henry Free moved to Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica NY where he resided until he went home to God.
The Funeral for Father Henry Free, C.P. will be at Immaculate Conception Monastery, 86-45 Edgerton Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432. The vigil will take place on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 7pm at the Immaculate Conception Monastery Choir Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 11am at the Immaculate Conception Monastery Choir Chapel. Burial will be at Saint Ann’s Monastery Cemetery, Scranton, PA. Donations in memory of Father Henry Free may be made to the Passionist Missionaries, 111 South Ridge St, Ste 302, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
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