It is with sadness that we announce the passing to eternal life of Fr. Jerome Lantry of the Immaculate Conception, OCD, who died peacefully at Santa Teresita Skilled Nursing Center at the Manor in Duarte at 5:35 p.m., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. He was 93. His funeral Mass was on Friday, April 26, after which he was buried at Calvary Cemetery.
OBITUARY FROM THE PASADENA STAR NEWS (April 24, 2013): Fr. Jerome (James) Lantry of the Immaculate Conception, OCD, died on April 16, 2013. He was born on February 7, 1920, in Lusmagh, County Offaly, Ireland, to Michael and Ellen Lantry. He attended St. Cronan's primary school and then the Carmelite College in Castlemartyr, County Cork. He entered the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelites as a teenager; made his First Profession on September 2, 1940; was ordained on July 14, 1946; and was transferred to the United States in the 60's. Fr. Jerome held many positions of responsibility, including Provincial of both the Anglo-Irish Province as well as what would later become the California-Arizona Province. At the time of his death, he was assigned St. Therese Church in Alhambra, to which he had been assigned since September 1994. Fr. Jerome is survived by one sister-in-law Sarah Lantry, three nieces, and two nephews. His siblings (all deceased) were Mary, Patrick, Margaret, and Michael. Fr. Jerome's funeral services will take place at St. Therese Church, 1100 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, as follows: Viewing beginning at 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 25, followed by the Vigil Rites and Rosary at 7:30 p.m.; Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, April 26, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Discalced Carmelite House of Studies, PO Box 260, Mt. Angel, OR 97362
BIOGRAPHY (Submitted by Fr. Matthew Williams, OCD): Fr. Jerome, born February 7, 1920, grew up on a small farm in Lusmagh, County Offaly, Ireland, and entered the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelites as a teenager. He made his First Profession on September 2, 1940, and was ordained on July 14, 1946. St. Therese Parish hosted the celebrations of both his 50th and 60th Anniversaries--in 1996 and 2006.
Fr. Jerome’s religious life was marked by intelligence, common sense and holiness. With these qualities, he held many positions of responsibility, including Provincial of both the Anglo-Irish Province as well as what would later become the California-Arizona Province. He was devoted to the whole of the Discalced Carmelite family, having an extensive ministry to the Carmelite Nuns and the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order.
Fr. Jerome was well known for his spiritual insights and his deep love for the Virgin Mary. He was often consulted and requested for spiritual direction, thus guiding many people to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. To the end of his life, he was hard at work in the "Vineyard of the Lord," teaching Bible classes, celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and helping immensely here at St. Therese Church, to which he was assigned since September 1, 1994.
Fr. Jerome was a great servant of the Church and the Carmelite Order, devoting his life to both. He was very faithful to community life and was a source of encouragement to his fellow friars. Fr. Jerome suffered though his final health issues with determination and optimism, giving all who knew him a great example of the virtue of fortitude in the face of advancing age.
We wish to thank the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles and the staff of Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte for their kindness, thoughtfulness, and prayers while Fr. Jerome resided there.
Please pray that Our Lady of Mount Carmel will intercede on his behalf, that he may be rewarded for all that he did to help build up the Body of Christ and the Carmelite Order.