Bro. Richard A. Kiniry
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Bro. Richard A. Kiniry
Richard Aloysius Kiniry was born on June 13, 1933, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the fifth child of James Kiniry and Margaret Suttmiller. His father James was a machinist and his mother a homemaker. Richard spent his youth in Johnstown, in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Richard was baptized at St. Columba Church in Johnstown and completed his Catholic elementary education at the parish school before moving on to Johnstown Catholic High School. Richard claimed he thought about religious life in high school and it was very clear to him from the first time a question about a vocation was asked that he was called to be Brother. Richard graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School in 1951 went to work on the Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad before joining the US Navy. He said that the Navy sent him to electronic training school in Memphis, Tennessee. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in September, 1955. It was then that he began his journey to his religious vocation. He applied and was accepted into the Brothers of Holy Cross entering the juniorate program at Valatie, New York in October of 1956. He entered St. Joseph Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, on January 25, 1957 and made his first profession of vows there on January 26, 1958. He made his perpetual profession of vows in August of 1961. In the early '60s, his parents were named the Catholic Family of the Year as four of his siblings entered the priesthood or religious life. He had followed his older brother James into Holy Cross, two of his sisters were religious sisters and two of his brothers were ordained for the diocese of Johnstown. After his novitiate year, Brother Richard was assigned to study at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree there in 1961. Eventually he earned a masters from the Catholic University of America in 1968. Brother Richard's career in education began at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He then went to Mackin High School in Washington, DC as a teacher before moving to Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT as a teacher and dean. He was a gifted and demanding Physics and Mathematics teacher. There was a point in the mid-60s when both he and his brother James were assigned to Notre Dame High School in West Haven. Both taught math. Having two brothers who were actually brothers (no matter how one looked at it) proved to be a great curiosity to the students there. Brother Richard was eventually named Principal and Superior at Monsignor Coyle High School in Taunton, MA, a position he held until 1971. He was also named Principal at Mackin High School in Washington, DC from 1972 through 1976. Brother Richard served on the Provincial Council from 1972 through 1982, with six of those years being the Assistant Provincial. After that experience he says he decided to move from education to pastoral health care. In 1982 Brother Richard took a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, New York. The following year he became the Director of Pastoral Care at Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Albany. He continued in this until 1987 when he began a ministry in the Eastern Province of Brothers as Director of Retirement, Director of Assisted Living, and Director of Aging and Health Care. In his own retirement, Brother Richard ministered to the elderly of Forestville Health and Rehabilitation Center, or the young students of Bishop McNamara High School or Mount Calvary Grade School in Forestville, Maryland. He participated in the many activities of the parish and school, including Warm Nights Hypothermia Program, a part in the grade school drama production, bingo for the high school and showed through his daily interactions his commitment to his vocation and his life's mission of service. In 2013, Brother Richard moved to St. Joseph Center in Valatie, New York, where he kept busy with various volunteer projects. Brother Richard had an engaging sense of humor and was appreciated and valued in the Holy Cross community. He could be practical to a fault, was known for holding on tightly to a nickel, but was always caring and concerned, supportive and encouraging to those who needed it. He took his role as Director of Retirement seriously and encouraged many brothers to broaden their horizons and to try new volunteer ministries in their later years. Brother Richard had a passion for family history and genealogy and spent many hours researching and corresponding with people with possible family connections. He built a wonderful family history legacy for his family. Though interested in the past he was a driving force in helping family members far and wide feel connected. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Brother Richard Kiniry on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Center in Valatie, NY. In line with his values, Brother Richard has donated his body for scientific study so there will be no funeral at this time. A funeral Mass and burial will be held at the time his body is returned. In thanksgiving for his brotherhood and his witness in ministry, we, his brothers, friends and family commend his soul to our loving God!
Published on September 5, 2019
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Sep 07, 2019
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Brother Richard Kiniry. He was a distant cousin on my mother's side of the family (Catherine Jean Sherlock). My fondest memory of Brother Dick, as we called him, was the time he visited with us when he was stationed near D.C. while in the Navy. He took my brothers, sister and I trips to the Monastery and other places of interest. We had the privilege of having him for many dinners at our home while we were growing up and then also for many family celebrations when we children were adults and had our own families. He was a wonderful relative and friend who enriched our lives greatly by just being involved in our lives. He will be forever missed ...! Patty Seubert SchilloRead more
Sep 05, 2019
Our dear friend is surely celebrating his new life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Celena ,his Godchild, and Rob, Celena’s twin, had the joy of knowing him, their father’s best friend. We will miss his pleasant visits and his strong sharing of his many stories with our family over the years. Rejoice, Brother and friend, “Your’s is the Kingdom of God.”