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Rest in Peace

Fr. Thomas Chrysostom McVey OP

NEW YORK - July 10, 2009 -- The Dominican Order has lost a true missionary, extraordinary brother and man of compassion. Fr. Thomas Chrysostom McVey OP, from the Province of Saint Joseph, USA, passed away suddenly on June 29th in Washington, DC.  

Fr. Chrys was born November 8, 1933. He made his first profession on August 16, 1954 and was ordained priest on June 16, 1960.  Most of his apostolic life unfolded in the mission of his Province in Pakistan, a country he came to love and where his heart found a home. He was called to be part of the Order’s General Council as Socius for the Master of the Order for Apostolic Life.  He was an enthusiastic supporter of the implementation of new missions and inter-religious dialogue. He was going to participate in the Journées Romaines that will be held in Rome next August as a member of the Order’s Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue.  He was also a member of the Permanent Commission for the Promotion of Studies in the Order and a great promoter of the Preaching Commission of the Order.

On learning of his passing, Cathy Hilkert, OP (Peace) who is a member of the Preaching Commission said, "Chrys was indeed a great promoter of preaching and collaboration. He exercised wonderful leadership in his years with the International Preaching Commission and he is a great loss to all of us.It was a joy to work with him. He had a unique gift for finding creative ways of keeping questions open and for fostering collaboration, dialogue, and friendship."

Brian Pierce, OP, General Promoter for the Nuns, said, "Chrys's death in the Metro--how fitting it was--"surrounded by the world, an itinerant preacher, riding the Metro.  He loved the world in the best and deepest way."

Joao Xerri, OP (Malta) former International Co-Promoter for Justice and Peace for the Dominican Order recalled Chrys with great affection and called him a man who focused on "loving GOD & God's love for all; focused on mission; on collaboration & solidarity, especially the left out, the poor...God blessed the Order through Chrys," he said.

Fr. Chrys was very active; he traveled frequently and was always in good spirits for all work.  In October 2008, after finishing his time as Socius for Apostolic Life, he returned to the United States. He was assigned to the Saint Joseph–in–the-Village community in New York at the time of his untimely death.

Many of his talks are available online through Google and the Santa Sabina web site.

Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial took place July 6 and 7 at St Joseph-in-the-Village University Parish, New York City. Celebrant: Very Rev. D. Dominic Izzo, OP, Prior Provincial. Homilist: Most Rev. Ernest Bertrand Boland, OP , Retired Bishop of Multan, Pakistan.

Condolences, Mass cards, and notes may be sent to:
Mrs William O. O’Brien, III (Peggy)
1503 Kensing Ln
Santa Ana, CA 92705-3073 
Peter P McVey
6326 Youngs Branch Dr
Fairfax Station, VA 22039-1531

“Beyond Christ For Christ’s Sake:  The Promise of Muslim-Christian Dialogue” delivered at Dominican University. 
by Chrys McVey, OP

Google Chrys McVey to read much of his work.