Rev. Patrick J. Veale, professor

June 15, 1993

The Rev. Patrick J. Veale, S.S.J., who had been a pastor of Roman Catholic churches in Baltimore, Detroit and Mississippi as well as a seminary professor and the director of the brothers in his religious order, died June 7 at St. Joseph Hospital in Towson after a series of heart attacks.

Father Veale was 83.

He had lived since 1991 at St. Joseph Manor on West Lake Avenue, a retirement community of the Josephite order of priests and brothers.

Born in Chicopee, Mass., he attended St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H., until 1928, when he began his studies for the priesthood at a seminary in Montreal.

In 1930, he joined St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart -- the Josephite order -- and completed his studies at the Catholic University of America, graduating in 1933. Ordained in 1934, he received his licentiate in sacred theology, similar to a master's degree, at Catholic University in 1935.

From 1934 to 1954, Father Veale taught moral theology and scripture at St. Joseph's Seminary in Washington. Then, until 1962, he directed the Josephite Brothers from offices at a school in Clayton, Del.

In 1962, he became pastor of St. George's Church in Detroit and two years later of St. Benedict the Moor Church, also in Detroit.

He began a three-year pastorate at St. Pius V Church in Baltimore in 1968. In 1971, he moved to St. Peter the Apostle Church in Pascagoula, Miss., where he was pastor for eight years. In 1979, he became pastor of Holy Family Church in Natchez, Miss.

In semi-retirement between 1984 and 1991, he was associate pastor at two churches, St. Francis Xavier in Houston and St. Francis Xavier in Baton Rouge, La.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Manor, 911 W. Lake Ave. The Very Rev. Matthew J. O'Rourke, S.S.J., rector of the manor and former superior general of the order, was the principal celebrant of a Mass there for Father Veale yesterday.

Father Veale is survived by a sister, Eleanor Demers of Chicopee, two nephews and two nieces.

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