In Memoriam: Msgr. Joseph Finnerty

Msgr. Joe Finnerty


Msgr. Joseph L. Finnerty passed peacefully at Nazareth House Jan. 20, 2020 after a short period in hospice care.

Visitation and Vigil Service will be celebrated at St. Michael's Parish, Poway, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Parish, Poway. Reception will immediately follow in the Holy Family Center.

Son of James and Penelope Finnerty, Monsignor was born in Carballa, County Sligo, Ireland on April 4, 1933.

He entered All Hallows College Seminary in Dublin in 1951 and was ordained on June 16, 1957 by Most Rev. Moynihan, Bishop of Kerry.

Ordained for the Diocese of San Diego, Msgr. Finnerty served as Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Ocean Beach, St. Francis de Sales in Riverside, St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove, St. Therese in San Diego, and as Pastor of St. Thomas Indian Mission in Fort Yuma, Queen of Angels in Idyllwild, as Founding Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Escondido, and Pastor of St. Michael's in Poway. 

He was named Honorary Prelate in 1985 by Pope Saint John Paul II.

Monsignor Finnerty retired in 2001 and resided in Rancho Bernardo, while continuing to offer service at St. Michael's Parish in Poway.

He is survived by his sister Maureen (Finnerty) Feeney, his brother Sean Finnerty, his sister-in-law Josephine Finnerty and nieces and nephews; all living in Ireland.

Please remember this good and faithful servant in your prayers and at Mass.