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Father Vincent T. Calderwood laid to rest

By Chris Donahue
Staff Writer

Father Vincent T. Calderwood, who enjoyed helping his fellow priests and praying novenas to the Blessed Mother, died Oct. 21 at the age of 87 in McCarrick Care Center, Somerset.

Father Calderwood, who had lived in McCarrick Care Center since 1996, served as an extern priest in the parishes of Immaculate Conception, Spotswood; Holy Trinity, Helmetta, and Our Lady of Victories, Sayreville.

For 16 years Father Calderwood conducted the weekly Miraculous Medal Novenas in Our Lady of Victories Parish; St. Mary Parish, South Amboy, and Immaculate Conception Parish.

Father Calderwood’s body was received Oct. 24 by Father Stanley Jarosz, pastor, Holy Trinity Parish. Visitation was in Holy Trinity Church. Father Jarosz presided at the Mass of Commemoration Oct. 24 and Father Thomas P. Ganley, McCarrick Care Center chaplain, gave the homily.

Msgr. George Zatarga, vicar for senior priests, Diocese of Brooklyn, celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial Oct. 25 in Holy Trinity Church. Homilist Father Jarosz said he knew Father Calderwood about 18 years.

“He was a good priest and we miss him, especially since he taught people how to pray the novena,” Father Jarosz said. “[In] every sermon, like one of my parishioners said, he always included the Blessed Mother.

“He was a fine priest. He never refused any request from his fellow priests. One day I asked him to teach our CCD program. He increased it from seven to 67. Another time I asked him if he wanted to teach because I had no teacher for the first grade, and he did. When he was needed, he was ready to serve.”

Fifth-graders from Holy Trinity’s religious education program, which now serves more than 200 children, prayed the Rosary during the visitation.

“One boy came back to me with the Rosary beads in his hands and he said, ‘Can I say the Rosary for Father Calderwood?’ This was a beautiful a reaction to a priest who dedicated his life to God,” Father Jarosz said.

Father Calderwood once told The Catholic Spirit he was called to priestly ministry in his early youth. “I had a parish priest who told me that he felt I was called. From the very beginning, that’s what I wanted to be,” he said.

To him, the best aspect of the priesthood was the opportunity to “help people love and serve our Lord here on earth and to be good Catholics.”

Father Calderwood was born April 5, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Thomas and Ellen Calderwood. Father Calderwood, who was one of five children, all deceased, attended St. Ambrose Elementary School and St. Augustine and Cathedral Prep High Schools before enrolling in Cathedral College, all in Brooklyn, where he graduated in 1937 with degrees in Italian and Church history. He then attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, N.Y., and graduated in 1944.

Along the way, he worked for the Waterbury Rope Co., Brooklyn; McAllister Steamship, New York City; the Steeplechase Amusement Park, Brooklyn, and St. Catherine Hospital, where he worked in the lab and emergency room from 1938-41.

Ordained Apr. 11, 1944 in St. James Cathedral by Bishop Molloy, he celebrated his first Mass April 15, 1944 in St. Ambrose Parish, both in Brooklyn.

Father Calderwood began his priestly ministry as associate pastor in St. Matthew Parish, Brooklyn, from 1944-47. He then served as associate pastor in St. Michael Parish, Brooklyn until 1960, before becoming administrator (and later pastor) of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Ozone Park, serving from 1960-72. Father Calderwood came to New Jersey in 1975, serving as associate pastor, St. Dominic Parish, Brick, until 1978; as administrator, Holy Trinity Parish, for one year, and as associate pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, from 1979-89.

Father Calderwood was also a hospital chaplain in Brooklyn from 1944-60; associate vicar for religious from 1952-65 in Brooklyn, and on the Diocese of Brooklyn Tribunal from 1952-62.

He was confessor and conference master for the Precious Blood Sisters and Visitation Convent, Brooklyn, and was spiritual director for students at Visitation Convent from 1952-62. Father Calderwood has also taught at the elementary, high school and college levels.

Burial was in Our Lady of Victory Cemetery, Sayreville. Funeral arrangements were handled by M. David DeMarco Funeral Home, Monroe.


Marion A. Kehoe, mother of priest

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 29 in St. Mark Church, Bristol, Pa., for Marion A. Kehoe, mother of Father Mark F. Kehoe, parochial vicar, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Lambertville.

Mrs. Kehoe died Oct. 26 in Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, at age 77.

Born in Scranton, Pa., to the late Albert and Elizabeth Smith, she was a Bristol resident for the past 46 years.

Mrs. Kehoe was employed by Prudential Insurance, Scranton, and later as a secretary for the Bristol Township School District.

She was a member of St. Mark Parish, Bristol, and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court No. 1097.

Mrs. Kehoe is predeceased by her brothers Albert Smith, Jr., and Gerard Smith.

Besides Father Kehoe, she is survived by her husband of 46 years, Jerome P. Kehoe, Sr.; and sons Jerry Kehoe, Jr., of Bristol; Timothy Kehoe, of Bristol, and Christopher Kehoe and his wife, Elaine, of Allendale.

She is also survived by three grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Antol of Moscow, Pa.; a sister-in-law Frances Smith of Harrisburg, Pa., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were made by Wade Funeral Home, Bristol. Internment was at the Resurrection Cemetery, Bristol.

Theresa McCaffery, aunt of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 27 in St. John the Baptist Church, Hillsdale, for Theresa McCaffery of Park Ridge, aunt of Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski.


McCaffery died Oct. 24, at age 79

She worked for 42 years at AT&T Technologies in Kearny and Newark. After retiring, she lived in an assisted living community in Park Ridge, for the past eight months. McCaffery was a member of St. Casimir Parish, Newark, then St. John the Baptist Parish, Hillsdale.

One of seven siblings, McCaffery is survived by her sister Antoinette Bootkoski, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Becker Funeral Home, Westwood. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St. John the Baptist Parish.


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