Rev. Jude P. McGeough


EAST PROVIDENCE — Rev. Jude P. McGeough, 82, Pastor Emeritus of Saint Martha Church, East Providence, died January 6, 2016.

Born in Providence, son of the late James P. and Margaret (Sullivan) McGeough, he attended Saint Joseph and Saint Mary Schools in Pawtucket.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Saint Columban’s Preparatory Seminary in Silver Creek, N.Y., Saint Columban’s Seminary in Milton, Mass., and at the University of Saint Thomas in Manila, Philippines. He was ordained a priest on December 20, 1958 for the Society of Saint Columban in Milton, Mass., by Bishop Jeremiah Minihan, Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Providence in 1978.

Father McGeough served for ten years in the Philippines missions of the Columban Fathers, came to Providence in 1969 and became assistant pastor of Saint Mary Church in Providence, then chaplain at Bay View Academy in East Providence. Between late 1969 and 1971, he was assistant spiritual director at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick. From 1971 to 1977, he was assistant pastor at Saint Patrick Church, Providence and for two years also chaplain at Saint Xavier Academy in Providence. In February 1977, he was appointed assistant pastor at Saint Mary Church in Bristol and part-time campus minister at Roger Williams College in Bristol.

In March 1979, Father McGeough became pastor of Saint Ann Church in Cranston from where he was transferred to Saint Martha Church in East Providence. He remained there until July 2004 when he retired as Pastor Emeritus and moved to Little Compton.

Father McGeough is survived by a sister, Dr. Mary Ann Kane of New Hampshire and two nephews. He was the brother of the late Thaddeus McGeough.

Due to alternate arrangements by the family, in lieu of a Mass of Christian Burial, a Memorial Mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul on January 11 at Saint Martha Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin was the principal celebrant at the Memorial Mass and Father Roger Houle, pastor of St. Joseph Church, North Scituate, was the homilist. Burial will be in Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, at a date to be determined.