Raymond [Benedict] Avery
Reverend Raymond Avery, 88, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at McCarrick Care Center in Somerset.
Born in San Francisco, Calif., he resided in Somerset for the past 15 years. He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1944, in St. John Abbey in Collegeville, Minn. He was a priest for 63 years, formerly with the Trenton Diocese, and then the Metuchen Diocese where he has served for 21 years.
He served as parochial vicar at St. Ambrose Church, Old Bridge; Our Lady of the Mount Church, Warren; Immaculate Conception Church, Somerville; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Whitehouse Station; St. John the Evangelist Church, Dunellen; Most Holy Rosary Church,Hopelawn; Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville, and Sacred Heart Church, New Brunswick.
The body of Rev. Raymond Avery will be received at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, 500 Route 22 East, Bridgewater, by the Reverend Daniel Herlihy, Episcopal Vicar of Somerset County. Visiting hours will be from 2:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Friday at the church. The Bishop Emeritus Edward T. Hughes will celebrate the Mass of Christ the High Priest at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Bishop Paul G. Bootkowski will celebrate the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Bridgewater. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.