Clement J. Dwyer, O.S.A.

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1899 – 1956 (September 19)

Clement Joseph Dwyer was born in Greenwich, New York, to John Dwyer and Sarah Toman on March 21, 1899. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania on June 27, 1919, and made his profession of simple vows on June 29, 1920. He was solemnly professed on June 29, 1923, and ordained to the priesthood at Villanova by Bishop Thomas Walsh of Trenton, New Jersey, on August 2, 1925.

In 1926, Father Dwyer was assigned as a member of the first faculty at Cascia Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 1929 was appointed sub-prior there. Afterwards he served at Augustinian Academy on Staten Island, New York, and subsequently as an assistant in our parishes of Immaculate Conception, Hoosick Falls; Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Atlantic City; Saint Mary, Lawrence; and Saint Mary, Waterford. In 1939, he was assigned to the Villanova Monastery. His next appointment was in 1942 to Detroit, followed by transfers to Saint James, Carthage, in 1943, and Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill in 1944. He returned to the Villanova Monastery in 1946. From here he became the regular confessor at Sacred Heart Country Day School.  

Father Dwyer died suddenly on Wednesday, September 19, 1956 at the age of 57 while vacationing on Staten Island. The Office of the Dead took place at Villanova on Friday, September 21, with Prior Provincial Harry Greenlee presiding. The Solemn Requiem Mass was offered the following day. Father James Hurley, O.S.A., prior of the monastery was celebrant; Father Stephen Lanen preached. Burial was in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.