Jerome A. Mahoney, O.S.A.

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1896 – 1952 (September 22)

Jerome Aloysius Mahoney was born in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, to Patrick Mahoney and Bridget Wade, on July 28, 1896. He attended parochial schools in his hometown and graduated from La Salle Prep. Following his freshman year at La Salle College, he entered Saint Rita Hall, Villanova, in September, 1917, and was admitted to the novitiate on June 15, 1918. He professed simple vows on June 25, 1919 and later was sent to Spain where he completed his theological studies at the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. He made solemn profession there on June 25, 1922, and was ordained to the priesthood on July 15, 1923, by Leopoldo Eijo Garay, Bishop of Madrid.

After he returned to the United States, Father Mahoney taught in Saint Augustine High School, San Diego, California. From 1929 to 1931 he was assigned to Colegio San Agustin, Havana, Cuba, and thereafter to Saint Rita High School, Chicago, Illinois. From 1936 to 1941, he was Professor of Spanish at Villanova College. He was assigned in 1943 as an assistant at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Jamaica, Long Island. In 1945 he returned to San Diego, and, in 1947 was transferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel, Staten Island, New York.

After a long illness, Father Mahoney went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to try to regain his health. He died there in Saint Joseph’s Hospital on September 22, 1952 at the age of 56. 

The Office of the Dead was held at Villanova on September 25th Father James Donnellon, O.S.A., prior of the Villanova Monastery presiding. The followind day the Requiem Mass was celebrated by Prior Provincial, Joseph Dougherty, O.S.A. Father Richard McNally, O.S.A., preached. Present at the Mass were the Prior General, Joseph Hickey, O.S.A., and Clement McHale, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Midwest Province.

Father Mahoney is buried at Villanova in the Community Cemetery.