To all alumni, graduate parents, current parents, former and current faculty,
It is with great regret and indeed heartfelt sadness that Pope John High School sends the sad news of the passing of Monsignor Charles Cassidy, former Our Lady of the Lake pastor and Pope John faculty member. Monsignor Cassidy passed away on April 21.
Monsignor Cassidy was pastor of Our Lady of the Lake for 23 years until he retired in 1995 from active ministry. In retirement, he served at Church of St. Pius X in Forked River.
While at Our Lady of the Lake, Monsignor Cassidy was a key figure in continuing Catholic education at Reverend George A. Brown Memorial School and worked as a social studies teacher at Pope John during the 1970s and early 1980s.
According to the Diocese of Paterson, Monisgnor Cassidy was ordained by Bishop James McNulty on May 25,1957. He studied for the priesthood at Seton Hall University in South Orange but interrupted his studies to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II. Following his tour of duty, he went back to Seton Hall followed by theology studies at the former Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington. His first assignment was at St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany, followed by St. Therese in Paterson. He also served as assistant moderator of the Catholic Deaf Society. He served at the Diocese of Paterson's former mission in Bolivia and Peru from 1962 to 1963. Monsignor Cassidy also served at St. Monica in Sussex, and is former pastor of St. Nicholas in Passaic.
He was also the chaplain of the Sparta Fire Department and was a past president of the Sparta Ecumenical Council of Churches. He was named a monsignor in 1989 by St. Pope John Paul II.
Funeral arrangements are private. He will be sadly missed.