Our brother, Fr. John Carey, OFM Cap., made his transitus to eternal life on April 3, 2017, in Saxonburg, PA. He was 88.
Born on February 23, 1929, to Joseph and Sarah (Furlong) Carey in Providence, RI, he was given the name Charles at baptism. He attended Assumption Parish Elementary School in Providence, and, in 1943, he enrolled in Columban Prep School in Silver Creek, NY.
In 1946, Charles was invested with the Capuchin habit in the then British Custody of New England and was given the name John. After his profession of vows, he attended St. Lawrence Seminary College in Milton, MA, graduating in 1950. When the Custody of New England was incorporated into the New York/New England St. Mary Province, he was sent to Capuchin College in Washington, DC, for theological studies and eventually asked to become a member of our Province of St. Augustine.
When people would ask our brother friar, Bonaventure Stefun, OFM Cap., how he was doing, he was famous for always responding "Terrific," accompanied by those eyes which told you he would make it be so. Our brother returned to the Lord on March 4, 2017, in Pittsburgh at the age of 88, and we know that it was a 'terrific' experience for him, something he had been waiting and hoping for.
Born in New Kensington, PA, on September 22, 1928, to John and Anna (Kovolik) Stefun, he was given the name "Joseph" at his baptism. One of nine Stefun children, he was to be the last surviving sibling. Preceding him in death were his sisters Anna, Barbara (Stanley), Mary (Schuler) and Elizabeth (Reedy); and his brothers Andrew, John, George and Raymond. Numerous nephews and nieces mourn his passing among whom is his nephew and fellow Capuchin friar Emett Schuler, OFM Cap., of our Capuchin College fraternity in Washington, DC.
During our Provincial Chapter 2016, on Tuesday, May 31, the friars take time to remember our brothers who made their transitus to New Life in the past three years since our last gathering.In our hearts & prayers are also our parents and our Affiliates who have found their homes in the Merciful hands of our Lord.
“So let no one be my friend, I pray, that pities me;
it is joy he must share with me. Rejoice with me.”
'Legenda Versificata' of Henri d'Avranches