30 August 2011

In Your Charity

Please remember Msgr. James Sheehan in your prayers.  Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Reverend Monsignor James Matthew Sheehan, J.C.D.

Msgr. James Matthew, Judicial Vicar and Secretary for Canonical Affairs of the Archdiocese of Newark, entered eternal life on August 28, 2011 surrounded by his family and friends. He was 39.
The fourth of four children, he was raised in Garwood, NJ and attended St. Anne's Catholic grammar school and the local public high school. Following his graduation from Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD, he entered Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, and was ordained a priest for service to the Archdiocese of Newark in 1998.
Fr. Sheehan was assigned initially as a parochial vicar in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Bergenfield, and served in ministry to both the growing Spanish community there and the youth group and religious education programs. He also served during this period as an Advocate in the Archdiocese's Tribunal. During this assignment, Fr. Sheehan undertook studies at Catholic University, Washington, DC, and was awarded a Licentiate in Canon Law in 2001. He returned to the Archdiocese in 2001 and served as a parochial vicar in Corpus Christi Parish, Hasbrouck Heights, until he was named priest secretary to Archbishop John Myers. He served in that position from 2001 until 2006, when Archbishop Myers released him for studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome toward a doctorate in Canon Law. He completed his studies and was awarded a doctorate Summa Cum Laude in 2009.
In 2005, Fr. Sheehan was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a major Catholic order of knighthood under the direct supervision of the Holy See. In 2009, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Fr. Sheehan a Chaplain to His Holiness, with the honorary title Monsignor. Also in 2009, Archbishop Myers named Msgr. Sheehan to the post of Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese, responsible for the affairs of the Metropolitan Tribunal. In addition, Msgr. Sheehan was named Secretary to the Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision for admitting former Anglican clergy to the Catholic priesthood in the United States, the subject of his doctoral work in Rome.
Monsignor Sheehan was the son of the late William and Marie Sheehan. He is survived by: Michael and Lillian Sheehan, Sr. and nephews Michael Jr., Kevin and Matthew; Daniel and Wendy Sheehan and niece Madison; Mariann and Adriana Obando and nieces Sara and Alicia.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider making contributions to Immaculate Conception Seminary and/or Saint Andrew's College Seminary. These may be sent through the Office of the Archbishop of Newark, 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ, 07104.
Obsequies are as follows, all at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, Newark, NJ 07104. For inquiries, please call: 973-497-4020:
On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 12:00 Noon – Reception of the Body, followed by Viewing until 7 PM. At 7 PM: Recitation of the Rosary, At 7:30 PM: Vigil Mass - Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.S.L., S.T.D., Bishop of Paterson; Homilist: The Reverend Geno Sylva, S.T.D., Vicar for Evangelization, Diocese of Paterson.
On Thursday, September 1, 2011, 11 AM: Funeral Mass - Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend John J. Myers, D.D., J.C.D., Archbishop of Newark; Homilist: The Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Reilly, Ph.D, Rector, The College Seminary, Saint Andrew Hall.

Published in The Record and Herald News on August 30, 2011

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