December 3, 2012
Father John Anthony Hennessy, Jr., a Roman Catholic priest who most recently served as parochial vicar of both St. John the Apostle Parish in North Richland Hills and Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Fort Worth, died Sunday, Dec. 2, in Mansfield, Texas after a long illness.
He was 61 years old. He was born on Nov. 28, 1951, to Mary Emma and John Anthony Hennessy, Sr., in Fort Worth. He attended St. Andrew Catholic School and Church, and Nolan Catholic High School. He entered Holy Trinity Seminary, and continued his theological education at the North American College in Vatican City. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth by Bishop John J. Cassata on July 29, 1978. He faithfully served the people in several parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
His longest assignment was as pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Burleson 1986-2007. He had also served as associate pastor of St. Maria Goretti Church in Arlington 1978-1979 and at St. Patrick Cathedral 1979-1982. He then served as pastor of St. Mary Church in Henrietta, St. Jerome Parish in Bowie, St. Joseph Parish in Nocona, and St. William Parish in Montague 1982-86, and at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Keller 2007-2009. He then took a year of sabbatical that included study in Rome.
After returning from Rome, he served as parochial vicar of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Fort Worth from 2010 until his death, and concurrently at St. John the Apostle from 2011 until his death. In addition, at the time of his death, he was serving as chaplain of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington.
A vigil service will be offered at 6 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 5 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth. Fr. Hennessy’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at St. Andrew’s, and interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where he will be buried on the Priests’ Circle.
He was preceded in death by his father, John, a veterinarian. He is survived by his mother, Mary Emma Lewis Hennessy, and two brothers, Pat Hennessy and his wife Cindy, of Hico, Texas, and Paul Hennessy of Austin, Texas.
Father John Anthony Hennessy, Jr., who most recently served as parochial vicar of St. John the Apostle Parish in North Richland Hills, died Sunday, Dec. 2 in Mansfield after a long illness. He was 61 years old.