Posted by: resparish | February 3, 2009

Father Barry Freyne, 1935 – 2009

Reverend Bernard Kevin Freyne, a retired priest of the Diocese of San Jose and former associate pastor of Resurrection Parish, died in the peace of the Lord on Monday, February 2, 2009 of heart attack in his hometown, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon, in Ireland, at the age of 73.

Bishop P.J. McGrath presided at a Memorial Mass for Fr. Freyne on Wednesday, February 18th, at St. John Vianney Church, San Jose.

Popularly known as Fr. Barry, he was born on August 10, 1935 in Ballaghaderreen to Bernard Freyne and Mary Phillips.

He finished his elementary education at De La Salle School and his high school and college education at St. Mary’s College, both in Ballaghaderreen.

In 1953, he joined the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society and received his seminary education at St. Patrick’s Missionary College in Kiltegan, County Wicklow.

He was ordained a priest of St. Patrick Missionary Society on April 17, 1960. Following ordination, he served as a missionary in Africa working primarily in the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya. He worked in Kenya for ten years as teacher, pastor, retreat master, diocesan procurator and bishop’s consultor.

In 1970, the Superior General of the St. Patrick Fathers appointed Fr. Barry to work in mission promotion of the Society and was stationed in Saratoga, California for seven years.

From January 1978 to June 1980, he served as director of pastoral care at St. Mary Community Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington in the Diocese of Yakima.

He returned to the area and applied to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In June 1980, Archbishop John Quinn appointed him associate pastor of the Church of the Resurrection where he served for seven years. During his assignment at Resurrection, the Diocese of San Jose was created in March 1981. Father Freyne was incardinated to the new Diocese on April 16, 1984.

His first pastorate in the Diocese was at St. John Vianney Parish in San Jose where he served from June 1987 to June 1996. He was transferred to Palo Alto and appointed pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish on July 1, 1996 and remained in that assignment until his retirement from active ministry on June 30, 2002.

Aside from parish ministry, Father Barry served in many diocesan and deanery ministries. He was chair of the Council of Priests, a member of the Board of Consultors and the Clergy Personnel Board, and Dean.

Father Freyne belonged to a large family and since his retirement, upon returning to Ireland, he had lived with his sister Aileen.

We will keep him in our prayers.