Spiritan News

Fr. Joseph Kelly, C.S.Sp. Remembered

BETHEL PARK, PA – May 25, 2016

Fr. Joseph Kelly, C.S.Sp. of Bethel Park, a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, died peacefully May 21st, 2016 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He was 91 years old. KellyonKilimanjiroMassB-W421 Kelly

Father Kelly was born September 16, 1924 in Philadelphia PA. He professed his vows as a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit on August 15, 1945 at Holy Ghost Novitiate in Ridgefield, CT and was ordained to the Priesthood September 15, 1950 at St. Mary’s Seminary, Ferndale in Norwalk CT.

Father was assigned to the missions in East Africa where he was destined to minister for fifty-two years. He worked in various positions in parochial ministry in the Arusha and Moshi Dioceses of Tanzania and Usa River one of the missions in Arusha; he started AMECEA Documentary Service in Nairobi, Kenya which shared the pastoral situations, experiences between the dioceses of Eastern African and with the universal Church. He was Director of Development for the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and in 1997 was appointed head of the Spiritan Planning and Development Office for the Holy Spirit Fathers in Arusha Tanzania.  Fr. Kelly returned to the States in 2003 and was a resident of Libermann Hall Spiritan Retirement Community in Bethel Park.

Fr. Kelly was preceded in death by his parents Patrick J. and Margaret Conway Kelly and his sisters, Mrs. Ruth Bicknell and Sister Martha Marie, O.P. He is survived by his sister Mrs. Kenneth (Eileen) Rehm of Sayville NY, nieces, nephews and many extended family members and friends.

There will be viewing in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at the Spiritan Center, 6230 Brush Run Road, Bethel Park on Saturday May 28 at 9:00-10:45 am with the Funeral Mass being celebrated at 11:00 am. There will also be visiting hours at Raynor & D’Andrea funeral home in Sayville, NY on June 1st 2-4:30pm and 7-9:30pm.  Committal service fol KellyFrJoseph-FAV Kellylowed by burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Sayville NY on June 2nd at 11:30 am.

Condolences can be sent to Father’s sister and brother-in-law, Eileen & Kenneth Rehm, 68 Pine Street, Sayville, NY 11782.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in eternal peace!


Fr. Joseph Kelly, C.S.Sp. Viewing – Spiritan Center, 6230 Brush Run Road, Bethel Park