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Fathers Conroy and Naughton named senior priests


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BRIGHTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley OFM Cap. has granted senior priest/retirement status to two archdiocesan priests with many years of service in varying capacities to the Archdiocese of Boston.

Father Philip Conroy, a member of the class of 1964, became a senior priest on Sept. 16; while Father Thomas Naughton will do so on Oct. 30. There are a couple of coincidental connections between these two priests.

Father Philip Conroy

A son of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Cambridge, Father Conroy was born in Arlington, the youngest of eight children of the late Martin and Barbara Conroy, both immigrants from Galway, Ireland.

He attended both St. John Grammar School and the parish high school, subsequently named North Cambridge Catholic. There he was formed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, Ky. who, in addition to being great educators, were also ardent promoters of vocations.

He attended archdiocesan seminaries and on completion of seminary studies, Cardinal Cushing ordained him to the priesthood on Feb. 6, 1964 at Holy Cross Cathedral.

Father Conroy’s first assignment was as an assistant at St. Margaret Parish, Saugus (1964-1967) followed by a similar appointment to St. Gerard Majella Parish in Canton (1967-1975).

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