Annunciation Parish - Native Clergy

Ilion, New York

Rev. Eugene Carney Obituary
born September 12, 1861 - died April 9, 1900

Funeral of Father Carney


An Immense Congregation in Attendance at the Ceremonies - Requiem High Mass celebrated by Bishop Burke - Eloquent Sermon by Rev. Father Greegan - Many Priests Present.

Ilion, April 17. - The funeral of Rev. Eugene Carney of this village, was held from Annunciation Church this morning. At 10:30 am the very reverend and reverend priests of the surrounding country chanted the divine office of the Catholic church for the dead. At the conclusion of the office Rev. Father Linhan, master of ceremonies, Father Mahoney of Troy, and Father McCarthy of Troy, deacon and sub-deacon of the mass; Father Kierney of Cahoes, celebrant of the mass, followed by Rt. Rev. Bishop Burke of Albany, marched into the sanctuary and celebrated a solemn requiem high mass for the repose of soul of Father Carney. The bishop occupied a throne which had been carefully prepared and tastefully decorated for the occasion. On his right sat Very Rev. Dean Ludden of Little Falls, and his left Father Rilley of Schenectady. The sermon was preached by Father Greegan of Albany, who had been a classmate of Father Carney in St. Joseph's Seminary, Troy. He spoke in such feeling and affectionate terms of his dead friend as to cause tears to flow profusely in the large congregation assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the dead Priest. The absolution was given by the bishop, assisted by the reverend deacon, sub-deacon and master of ceremonies. The ceremonies throughout were most impressive and showed the love and affection of The Catholic Church for her children, not only in life, but in death. The bearers were immediate relatives of the deceased. When the funeral arrived at the church, Father Greegan met it and escorted the body to a place prepared for it In the middle, and then placed upon, the casket, a beautiful gold chalice. The floral offering was magnificent, consisting of three pieces presented by the K. of C., the Young Men's Sodality and other friends. Lunch was prepared at the priests house for all visiting priests of which all partook, numbering about 60. Many carriages were reserved to carry the priests to the cemetery, and at the grave the last sad rites of the Catholic Church were performed. Before and during the lowering of the body into the grave, hymns were chanted and then Very Rev. Dean Ludden said the final prayers and Father was laid to rest beside his father and mother. The mass was sung by the church choir, under the direction of Prof. O'Shea and too much credit cannot be given to them. The pall bearers of honor were Rev. J. F. Hyland of Ilion, Rev. J. Halpin of Herkimer, Rev. P. Wallace of Frankfort, Very Rev. Dean A.R. Luden of Little Falls, Rev. J. F. Dolan of St. Mary's Troy, and Rev. Father Keefe of St. Bernard's, Cohoes.

A large congregation of former parishioners of the deceased from his last charge at Cahoes was present, also a delegation representing the Knights of Columbus and a number of sisters of charity from Albany, Troy and Cohoes. In addition to to the out of town clergy mentioned above there were present Rev. Fathers John W. Dolan, Fonda; D. A. Casey Rensselear ; P.H. Laughlin, Whitehall; C.J. Shea, Green Island; J.J. Barrett, Salem( ect...)

Father Carney attended St. Joseph's Seminary where he was ordained in 1892. He was stationed at Albany and soon after went to Cahoes. The deceased is survived by four brothers, Phillip, Michael, and Patrick Carney of this village, and Rev. Thomas J. Carney of Plattsmouth, and two sisters, Mrs. Michael Meehan and Mrs. James Finnerty of Frankfort. The funeral was the largest and most impressive held in this village for many years and was a fitting tribute to those who knew him best.


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