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FR. ANTHONY TIMOTHY CHENEVEY S.S.P

ELLSWORTH – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, celebrated by the Rev. Jeffrey Mickler, S.S.P., at St. Paul Monastery in Ellsworth for Fr. Anthony Timothy Chenevey, S.S.P., 84, who passed away peacefully Wednesday morning.

Fr. Timothy was born and raised in the farming region of Fredericksburg, one of three brothers and two sisters on July 31, 1928.

Soon after World War II ended, he found himself part of the American Military Occupation Force stationed in Japan in the 1950s. One day while walking through a Tokyo neighborhood, he came upon a local missionary group known as the Society of St. Paul. He had never heard of them. Their chapel however, handy to his army base, led to his befriending the community. It was this chance familiarity with a struggling Pauline apostolic reality in the far off, war torn orient that would become the inspirational seed for his religious vocation.

Returning home and eventually to civilian life, he searched out the American Pauline foundations, and in November of 1952, he entered the Society’s Staten Island, N.Y. Community. Following his novitiate year in the Canfield community, his First Profession of Vows took place on Sept. 1, 1954. Having previously completed advance studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, he was promptly sent to the Pauline International Seminary in Rome. Four years later, on July 6, 1958, in the presence of the Founder, he and 14 companion Paulines were ordained to the priesthood.

Returning to the states, he was assigned to the faculty of Queen of Apostles Seminary in Derby, N.Y. Here he also helped develop St. Paul Publication booklets. Fr. Anthony served successively as Vocation Director of the Province, Master of Novices, and Superior of the Pauline Community in Dearborn, Mich. Completing that term of office, he was transferred at Staten Island as Chief Editor of the thriving Alba House Book Publishing sector. He would also serve as the Superior of the Staten Island Community.

A person naturally gentle, reserved though always approachable, joined to a characteristic lifestyle of rural simplicity, he was generous to a fault when it came to priestly availability, day or night, convenient or inconvenient. He prayed, loved and lived the whole of our charism of the Society of St. Paul.

Not long ago, after a lifetime of well-being and activity, Fr. Anthony’s energy levels began a notable slow down. Within a relatively brief period of time, he suffered a steadily increasing mobile incapacity. His acceptance and adjustment to expanded helplessness was remarkable, even as it led to inevitable nursing care confinement over the last four years. The nursing staff looked on him as their rarest patient, never a lament of complaint, always quietly forbearing and amenable.

Fr. Anthony is survived by many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Cyril and Helen Chenevey, Fr. Anthony is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Chenevey and Joseph (Eileen) Chenevey; and two sisters, Mary Louise Chenevey and Regina (Earl) Chenevey.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Society of St. Paul Monastery in Ellsworth.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.


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