Msgr. McIntyre, pastor and journalist, retires


Msgr. Thomas J. McIntyre, 68, who has served the diocese as an administrator, educator, journalist and pastor, retired Sept. 10 for medical reasons. His last assignment was at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Cape May, where he was administrator, 2003-04, and pastor since 2004.

Msgr. McIntyre was executive editor of the Catholic Star Herald in the 1980s and continued to write a column, Teachable Moments, until several months ago when he suffered a head injury after slipping on the ice.

Msgr. McIntyre was pastor of St. Jude Parish, Blackwood, 1992-2000, and pastor of St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill, 2000-04, and previously served many years in the field of Catholic education and diocesan administration.

In 1970, a few years after ordination, he was vocation coordinator at St. Joseph High School, Hammonton. He went on to become administrative assistant at Sacred Heart High School, Vineland, in 1975, and principal of Gloucester Catholic High School in 1976.

In 1982 Msgr. McIntyre was named associate superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Camden, and later the same year he was named superintendent. In 1991 he became vicar for pastoral services for the diocese, and in 1999 he was made episcopal vicar for Catholic schools.

He also has served on the Continuing Education and Spiritual Formation of Priests, Priests Council, Priest Personnel Board, Inter-parochial Board, College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council.

Msgr. McIntyre attended Mount St. Mary’s College, Emmitsburg, Md.; Gregorian University, Rome; and Villanova University, Pa. He was ordained in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on Dec. 17, 1966.