Admired counselor remembered in Massachusetts and Illinois

Father Edward Tuohy, 1929-2007

Tuohy,_Fr_Edward_for_webThe Rev. Edward M. Tuohy, a Divine Word Missionary priest and long-time retreat director and counselor at Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, Mass., died Feb. 24, 2007, one week after his 78th birthday.

Father Tuohy was born on Feb. 16, 1929, and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., where he attended St. Agnes High School and St. Francis College. He entered the Divine Word Seminary at Bordentown, N.J., and was ordained a priest in 1958 at Techny, Ill.

Following his ordination he was assigned to the high school seminary at Bordentown, where he taught and served as dean of students during the 1960s.

He attended Fordham University in New York and Catholic University of America where he earned a doctorate in counseling. He spent several years at Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, where he was a teacher, director of guidance and then rector of the seminary from 1982 to 1985.

In 1986, Father Tuohy was transferred to Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, where he became widely known and greatly respected as a retreat director, spiritual guide and counselor. Over the years, his spiritual programs were very popular due to his gentleness and knowledge of spirituality.

As a priest, he was greatly loved, admired and respected. His genuine concern for people, along with his smile and distinct laugh, endeared him to many.

He is survived by his sister Mary Quinn of Massachusetts, his brothers Donald and John both of New York City, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The Mass of the Resurrection was offered in Plymouth, Mass., on Friday, March 2. A memorial Mass was celebrated at Divine Word Residence in Techny on Monday, March 5, followed by internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Techny.

Memorial donations for the care of retired missionaries may be sent to The Rector, Divine Word Residence, 1901 Waukegan Road, P.O. Box 6000, Techny, IL 60082-6000.

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