Father Jeremiah J. McCarthy, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, passed away at his home in Savannah on Thursday, August 27.
Father McCarthy was born on May 14, 1953, and baptized on May 25, 1953, in County Cork, Ireland. He attended elementary school at Caheragh National School, Cork, then on to De LaSalle High School, Skibbereen, and college at University College, Dublin. He attended seminary at All Hallows in Dublin from 1971-1978 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Savannah by Cardinal Thomas O’Fiaich on June 11, 1978.
Father McCarthy’s first assignment in the diocese was as Parochial Vicar of St. Teresa’s Church, Albany in October 1978. He was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Port Wentworth, in 1987 and additionally appointed Pastor of St. Boniface Church, Springfield in 1991. In 1996 he was appointed Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Savannah where he served for 17 years. He was appointed Pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church, Columbus in 2013 and retired in 2018, completing 40 years of service that also included two years at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning his Licentiate in Canon Law (J.C.L.) in 1983.
He faithfully served in a number of capacities throughout the Diocese of Savannah, including Chancellor; Assistant Judicial Vicar, Judicial Vicar, and Defender of the Bond, Diocesan Tribunal; and Vicar Forane of the Columbus Deanery.
Ever the servant, Father McCarthy also held positions on the College of Consultors, Council of Priests, Priests’ Personnel Committee, and Clergy Welfare Committee.
Father McCarthy was 67 years old.