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Catholic Priest Who Arrived With MacArthur During WW2 Dies

For more than 50 years, Rev. Fr. James Jay Timothy Thomas Patrick Paul Ferry dedicated his life to doing pastoral work in the Philippines.

Rev. Fr. James Jay Timothy Thomas Patrick Paul Ferry, the American priest who first came to the Philippines at the end of the Second World War, has passed away. He was 95 years old.

Fr. Ferry is known for being one of the companions of American general Douglas MacArthur during his historic return to the Philippines in 1944. At the time, the soon-to-be priest was a corpsman of the US Navy.

“MacArthur came with me. He boarded my ship,” Fr. Ferry would always say every time he was asked about his voyage with MacArthur. (Read: Alberto Orillo, 102yo WW2 Veteran, Reveals His Secret to Long Life)

In 1945, after the war ended, Ferry returned to the United States to join the Maryknoll seminary. When came back to the Philippines 11 years later, he was already a priest.

His Pastoral Work

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Photo from Yulito Ignacio Facebook

Fr. Ferry dedicated more than 50 years of his life to teaching in seminaries and doing pastoral work in the Philippines. (Read: Pope Francis Greets Holocaust Survivor at General Audience)

His first pastoral assignment was in Paete, Laguna, before he was sent to Mindanao where he spent 30 years in the provinces of Tagum, Lupon, Baganga, Bato-Bato, and Davao.

The late priest also served as regional superior of the Maryknoll in the Philippines and taught at the Regional Major Seminary in Davao.

In 1996, Fr. Ferry was named Episcopal Vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of Manila by the late Cardinal Jaime Sin. From then, he taught Sacraments, Liturgy, and Homiletics at the San Carlos Seminary, Holy Apostles Senior Seminary, and Maryhill School of Theology.

Dedicated Servant of God

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(Left) Maryknoll Fr. James Jay Timothy Thomas Patrick Paul Ferry is pictured in this Feb. 3, 2020 file photo. (Photos from CBCP News and Yulito Ignacio Facebook)

“Fr. Ferry always went out of his way to serve the Lord,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila, during the requiem Mass for Fr. Ferry. (Read: PH Bishops Mourn Death of Brunei’s First Cardinal)

“He was a dedicated servant of God… We are fortunate in the Archdiocese of Manila that Fr. Ferry has been active up to the last moment of his life,” Pabillo added.

Fr. Ferry passed away on Friday, May 28, due to pneumonia. He was laid to rest at the Religious of the Virgin Mary congregation in Marikina City.

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