By Dan Walsh
The death has taken place of Fr James (Jim) Curtis who served almost 68 years in the priesthood and served as Diocesan Secretary to two bishops in the Diocese of Ferns.
Piercestown-Murrintown Parish posted the sad news on social media. “It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Fr. Jim Curtis, Pastor Emeritus of Piercestown-Murrintown. Fr. Jim was a dedicated, loving, kind, caring and good shepherd to the people of this Parish. He served the people of Piercestown-Murrintown and the Diocese of Ferns with compassion and faith. As we remember him as a Parish and a Community, it would be Fr. Jim’s wish that most importantly we would remember him in prayer, asking that God will be merciful and welcome him home to the gift of eternal life.”
A native of Carrigbyrne, Fr Curtis attended Carrigbyrne National School where his mother was school principal and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Peter’s College, Wexford, in June 1954.
He served as Diocesan Secretary to Bishop James Staunton (1938-1963) and Bishop Donal Herlihy (1964-1983) and appointed Administrator to Wexford Parish in November 1972.
Fr Curtis became parish priest of Piercestown in 1979, was parish priest in Ferns from 1990 and Vicar Forane for Enniscorthy Deanery. He retired in 1995.
FAMILY NOTICE; Curtis, Fr. Jim (Rathjarney, Piercestown, Co. Wexford), February 4, 2022, sadly missed by his nieces Úna and Ita, nephew Brendan, nephew-in-law Norbert, niece-in-law Martine, grand nieces and nephews Darren, Aisling, Patrick, Niamh, Rachel and Sophia, Bishop Ger Nash, the clergy of the Diocese of Ferns and parishioners of Piercestown. May He Rest in Peace.
Reposing in Mulligan’s Funeral Home, The Faythe, Wexford, on Sunday from 3pm until removal at 6.30pm to St. Martin’s Church, Piercestown. Funeral Mass on Monday at 1pm, burial afterwards in Courthoyle Old Cemetery.