Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Rev. George K. Fey, C.PP.S.
Rev. George K. Fey, C.PP.S., 94, of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, died March 14, 2013, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena.
He was born in Boston, Pa., on Sept. 22, 1918, to Leo and Mary Keddie Fey. He entered Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton in September 1932 and made Temporary Incorporation on Dec. 8, 1936, at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind. He was definitively incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood three years later on Dec. 3, 1939, and ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 5, 1943, at St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena by Archbishop John McNicholas.
In the months following his ordination, Fey lived at St. Charles Seminary and helped out as needed in the area until 1944, when he was appointed as associate pastor at St. Gertrude Parish in Lebanon, Pa. From 1945-1947, he served Immaculate Conception Parish in York, Pa., as associate pastor.
In 1947, Fey sailed to Chile as a foreign missionary, helping to establish the beginnings of the C.PP.S. presence there. With the exception of a year-long sabbatical in 1953-1954, during which time he worked as a substitute priest in Kansas, Wisconsin and Ohio, he would remain in Chile until 1960. While there he served as pastor of San Joaquim & Anna Parish in Riachuelo and San Juan Parish in Pitrufquen.
Upon his return to the U.S. in 1960, Fey served briefly during that year as associate pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Detroit, Mich., and Holy Ghost Parish in Vinita, Okla. He then began an extended time serving in North Dakota, first as pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Dodge until 1963 and then as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Halliday (with missions in Dodge and St. Martin) from 1963 until 1974. In addition, he served as a member of the Kansas City Provincial Council from 1971 to 1975.
In 1974, Fey moved to Texas, where he was pastor of St. Mary Parish in San Angelo from 1974 to 1977 and then chaplain at St. John Hospital in San Angelo until 1994. He retired that year, residing at St. Mary Parish and serving as a substitute priest for the diocese until 2001, when he moved to Kansas City to fully retire. In 2005 he moved to St. Charles Center, where he lived until his death.
Fey will be remembered for his passion for justice and peace. He was one of the original members of the province's justice and peace committee. An avid reader, he had an extensive library and would share his books and recommendations for reading with other members of the committee, community and diocese. He knew that a passion for peace was not enough; people of faith needed to be knowledgeable about the social issues of the day and form their consciences around scripture and Catholic social teaching.
Fey is survived by a brother, Rev. Albert Fey, C.PP.S., who lives at St. Charles Center; two sisters, Marie and Isabel Fey, St. Henry; and the members and companions of the Kansas City Province.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Rev. Richard Bayuk, C.PP.S., vice-provincial director, presiding. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Sunday at St. Charles Center, with a vigil at 7 p.m.
May he rest in God's gracious peace.