Congregation of the Holy Spirit – Irish Province
Date: Friday, 10th April 2020
Attention: All Confrères and Associates
Death of Fr. James Joseph (Jim) Corry C.S.Sp.
We regret to announce the death of Fr. Jim Corry C.S.Sp. He died this (Good Friday) morning,
10th April 2020, in Tallaght Hospital. He had recently reached the age of 90.
Jim was born on 29th March 1930 in Moville, Co. Donegal to Elizabeth (née McCourt) and
Edmund Corry. The family later moved to Co. Tyrone. He did his secondary studies in
Blackrock College from 1944-49 before entering Kilshane where he was professed in 1950.
He studied Philosophy and Theology in Kimmage, and prefected for a period of two years in
St. Mary’s College, Rathmines during which time he lined out for the rugby club’s first team.
Ordained in Dublin in 1957 by Archbishop McQuaid, Fr. Jim was assigned to Onitsha district
in 1958. He did evangelization and pastoral ministry at Agbani, which had some sixty primary
schools and more than 7,000 pupils. After serving at Iva Valley and St. Patrick’s, Coal Camp,
Ogbete, both near Enugu, he was posted to St. Anthony’s parish in Isienu in 1963. On leave in
Ireland at the outbreak of the Biafran War and initially unable to get back to Onitsha, he spent
a short spell in Brooklyn, New York before returning briefly to pastoral work in Nigeria.
Fr. Jim was appointed to Sierra Leone in 1971, remaining there for over a decade and a half.
In Freetown he served initially at Sacred Heart Cathedral and subsequently in the parishes of
St. Martin de Porres and St. Anthony and also managed Santana House for the diocese. He
returned regularly to Brooklyn to fundraise for the mission in Sierra Leone.
In the mid-1980s he joined the Long Island Spiritan Community (USA), was appointed to the
Diocese of St. Augustine (Florida), and ministered in St. Paul’s Parish, Park St., Jacksonville.
An avid reader and golfer, he was also a talented cook who regularly prepared a fish meal for
his parishioners on a Friday as well as catering for those who had attended the annual retreat.
After nearly half a century overseas, Fr. Jim returned to Ireland in 2008 and was appointed to
the Kimmage Community.
We offer our prayerful sympathies to his family, relatives Spiritan confrères and friends.