Cadets Supporter Rev. James Reilly Succumbs to Injuries

"Father Jim" had been pastor of St. Michael's Church since 1997

It is with great sorrow that The Cadets share the loss of one of our most enthusiastic supporters, Rev. James F. Reilly, who succumbed to injuries suffered following a fire at his Palisades Park rectory on March 1.reilly
“’Father Jim’ as he was known to The Cadets family, was always one for a quick comment and a voice of support,” said George Hopkins, director of The Cadets. “He took great pleasure sharing what he called his ‘insights’ with the ‘Angels vs. Demons’ program last year. He will be missed by us all. On a personal level he was a great source of support. When things were tough or the voices of the world turned negative towards me, or The Cadets, Father always had the right thing to say. We are all richer for the time he spent here on earth and most sad that he has departed.”

The Rev. James F. Reilly, 69,  was born June 20, 1942, in Jersey City, the archdiocese said. He attended his parish elementary and high school, Holy Family in Union City, graduating from Holy Family High School in 1960.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, in 1964, and then attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington — the archdiocesan seminary. In 1975, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary.
Reilly served as pastor at St. Cecilia's from 1982 to 1994 and as a parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle from his ordination in 1968 to 1982.
Reilly had been pastor of St. Michael's Church since 1997.
Viewings will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Notre Dame Interparochial Academy, 312 First St., Palisades Park, and from 7:30–9 p.m. Friday and 8–10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church, 19 E. Central Blvd.
An evening prayer service led by Bishop David Arias will be held at the church at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The funeral Mass, celebrated by Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's, with interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst.
He was also former chairman of the Jersey City Medical Center board and had been an active member of the hospital's foundation. The medical staff library on the third floor of the Grand Street facility is named in his honor.
From 1994–1997, he was the chaplain for Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck.


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