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Rev. Msgr. James E. Tierney
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Msgr. James E. Tierney, 92, passed away September 2, 2017 at his Regina Cleri residence. He was born April 29, 1925, son of the late John A. and Ethel (Duffy) Tierney, of Melrose. He grew up in the city attending Melrose Public Schools and graduated from High School in 1943. He was the brother of the late John A. Tierney, Jr. and his sister, Helen M. DeCoste, also of Melrose. He is survived by a niece, Marie Grazulis of Virginia and her son, Jeffrey Grazulis of New Hampshire.

He graduated from St. Clement’s Hall and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton MA and ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston on May 3, 1950, by Cardinal Richard J. Cushing. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s Parish in Kingston, MA. In September of 1951, he was appointed Secretary of the Tribunal in the Chancery Office of the Archdiocese. For twenty-two years he served in judicial offices in the Tribunal and later as a pro-synodal judge. During this period, he also assisted at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Newton, MA and as a Chaplain to the Xavierian Brothers at Malden Catholic High School. In 1967, he was named a Monsignor by Pope Paul VI.

In September of 1973 Cardinal Humberto Medeiros appointed Msgr. Tierney pastor of Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford, an assignment that was especially dear to him. During his seventeen-year pastorate, he re-organized the Religious Education Program and appointed its first Religious Education Coordinator. He also formed the first parent-teacher organization at Sacred Hearts School which was extremely instrumental in keeping the school from closing. While pastor of Sacred Hearts, he was very active in ecumenical programs in Haverhill and in civic activities including the Kiwanis Club.

In October of 1990, Msgr. Tierney was appointed as Director of Regina Cleri and cared for the pastoral and material welfare of senior priests in residence at the retirement home for priests of the Archdiocese. For almost a decade he was Director of Senior Priests of the Archdiocese. He retired in 2009 at the age of eighty-four and remained at Regina Cleri as a resident in retirement until his death on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

In 2010 Cardinal Sean O’Malley honored Msgr. Tierney as a recipient of the Bishop Cheverus Award for a lifetime of service to the clergy and laity of the Archdioceses of Boston. He proudly served as a priest for sixty-seven years.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his calling hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5th from 10:30-Noon at Regina Cleri, 60 William Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston and also later on Tuesday from 4:30-7:30 PM at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St. (Rte. 125) Bradford, MA. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 11:00 AM at Sacred Hearts Church with Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley presiding. Interment will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Bradford – Haverhill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Hearts Parish, 48 So. Chestnut St. Bradford, MA 01835 or to Catholic Relief Services, 228 W. Lexington St. Baltimore, MD 21201-3443.

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Regina Cleri

60 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
Boston, MA 02114





4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sacred Hearts Church

165 South Main St.
Bradford, MA 01835





11:00 AM
Sacred Hearts Church

165 South Main St.
Bradford, MA 01835

Cemetery Details


Elmwood Cemetery

94 Salem St.
Bradford, MA 01835

Memorial Contribution

Catholic Relief Services

228 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-3443

Sacred Hearts Parish

48 South Chestnut St.
Bradford, MA 01835

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