The Bishop's Latin School Alumni Association had established the Joseph E. Henry S.J. Memorial Vocations Fund to allow friends and alumni to honor Fr. Henry for all his years of dedicated teaching and fostering vocations.
Dr. Patrick M. Joyce, ('67), former Director of Stewardship & Development for the Diocese of Pittsburgh had worked with us to establish a perpetual fund within the Diocese of Pittsburgh in the name of Fr. Joe Henry, S.J.
Father Henry passed to his eternal reward in May 2011. Upon his death the men of the Latin School immediately created a permanent endowment fund named the Rev. Joseph E. Henry SJ Vocations Endowment. The annual proceeds are made available to promote Vocations to the ordained life, especially serving the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In subsequent years alumni and friends of the Latin School have grown this fund to $50,000 (Sept. 2021) with annual distributions of more than $2,100. Your Alumni Executive Board has set an ambitious goal of growing the Fr. Henry Fund to at least $85,000 by the end of 2021! With the endowment in
this range we project our ability to make annual grants of $5,000 for Vocations programming for many years after we, too, are gone!
One grateful and generous alumnus from the class of ‘74, Len Petrancosta, has offered an amazing amount: a $17,500 personal matching grant to leverage all of our new gifts on a one-for-one basis to help us exceed our goal by Thanksgiving 2021!
URGENT: Please give your “Yes!” to Len by making a one-time, or annual (three-five year) pledge to match this wonderful opportunity. With your help, and Len’s generosity, we will add more than $35,000 to our Fr Henry
Vocations Fund bringing our total to exceed our goal of $85,000! Thank you!
March 24, 1929
Entered the Society of Jesus
July 30, 1947
Ordained to the Presbyterate
June 19, 1960
Born into Eternal Life
May 5, 2011
A native of Baltimore, Father Henry entered the Society of Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville in 1947. He completed his regency at Scranton Preparatory School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in classics and Master of Arts in teaching from Bellarmine University and a Master of Arts in classics from Duquesne University. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1960. From 1962 until the school closed in 1973, Father Henry taught Greek and Latin and later was prefect of discipline at the Bishop's Latin School in Pittsburgh. After a year of studies at Duquesne, he returned to Scranton Preparatory School to teach Latin and Greek and to serve as minister of the Jesuit community. From 1984 to 1987, he was secretary to the American assistant at the General Curia in Rome. From 1991 to 1996, he was administrator and later vice superior of the Vatican Observatory Community in Tucson, Ariz. He also held various administrative positions at Jesuit communities in Washington, D.C., and Wernersville. Most recently, Father Henry served as chaplain of the Bishop's Latin School Alumni Association.
In 2007, the Bishop's Latin School Alumni Association celebrated a Mass to recognize Father Henry's 60th anniversary as a Jesuit. Fr. Henry, S.J. was born into eternal life on May 5th, 2011. Burial was celebrated Monday May 9th, 2011 at Madonna
della Strada Chapel, the university's chapel on Monroe Avenue, Scranton. Interment was held at the Jesuit Center at Wernersville, PA.
Please make checks payable to: The Diocese of Pittsburgh
Please memo mark: "Fr. Joseph Henry, S.J. Fund"
Mail your pledge and check to:
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Attn: Stewardship Office
2900 Noblestown RoadPittsburgh, PA 15205
Click here for the Diocese of Pittsburgh Joseph E. Henry S.J. Contribution Form