Rev. Joseph A. Duffey, 87, pastor

Joseph A. Duffey
Joseph A. Duffey
Posted: November 28, 2012

The Rev. Joseph A. Duffey, 87, of Villanova, a retired pastor and former Augustinian provincial, died Friday, Nov. 16, of heart failure at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown.

From 1981 to 1990, Father Duffey headed the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. The province sponsors Augustinian ministries on the East Coast, including those at Villanova University, Merrimack College, two high schools, and more than 15 parishes. Augustinians who are members of the province work with laymen and lay women to staff inner-city ministries in the United States, and missions in Japan and Peru.

From 1990 to 1998, Father Duffey was pastor and then assistant pastor of St. Genevieve Church in Flourtown. Then, for seven years, he assisted with liturgies at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn Mawr. He retired to St. Thomas of Villanova Monastery in 2005.

Father Duffey grew up with two sisters in West Philadelphia. After graduating from St. Thomas More High School, he entered the Augustinian novitiate in New Hamburg, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova in 1949 and a master's from Catholic University of America in 1952, the year he was ordained.

Father Duffey taught high school in Washington for six years and was an Augustinian vocation director for six years. From 1968 to 1975, he was pastor of St. Rita of Cascia Church in South Philadelphia, and then for four years he was pastor of Our Mother of Good Counsel Church in Bryn Mawr.

He was assistant provincial and director of the parochial ministry for the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova for two years before being elected provincial.

He is survived by nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at St. Thomas of Villanova Church on the Villanova University campus. Friends may call from 6 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Augustinian plot at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

Donations may be made to Care of Sick and Elderly Augustinians Fund, c/o Provincial Offices, Box 340, Villanova, Pa. 19085-0340.


Contact Sally A. Downey at 215-854-2913 or sdowney@phillynews.com.

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