Joseph A. Locke, O.S.A.

1856 – 1892 (April 22)

Joseph Augustine Locke, was one of seven sons and two daughters of Thomas Locke and Mary Ryan, born in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland, on February 9, 1856. His younger brother, Michael Locke, also became a member of our Province. Joseph entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania, on December 8, 1875, and was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral Chapel in Philadelphia, PA, by Bishop Wood on June 16, 1880.

After ordination, Father Locke taught philosophy and theology at Villanova from 1880 to 1887, when he left for Rome, Italy, to teach there until 1890. When he returned to the United States, he served at Saint Mary’s in Lawrence, MA; Saint Augustine’s in Philadelphia, and at Saint Augustine’s in Lansingburg, NY.

Father Joseph Locke died of rheumatism of the heart at Lansingburg the age of 36 on April 22, 1892, and is buried at Saint Augustine’s in Troy.