Brother Richard Aloysius Kiniry, CSC

June 13, 1933 – August 25, 2019

Brother Richard Aloysius KiniryThe prayers of the members of the Congregation of Holy Cross are requested for the repose of the soul of Brother Richard Aloysius Kiniry, CSC, a member of the Moreau Province of Brothers and Priests. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Br. Richard died in Valatie, New York, on August 25, 2019. He was in his 62nd year of religious life in the Congregation.

Richard Aloysius Kiniry was born on June 13, 1933, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the fifth child of James Kiniry and Margaret Suttmiller. His father James was a machinist and his mother a homemaker. Richard spent his youth in Johnstown, in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Richard was baptized at St. Columba Church in Johnstown and completed his Catholic elementary education at the parish school before moving on to Johnstown Catholic High School.

Brother Richard Aloysius KiniryRichard claimed he thought about religious life in high school and it was very clear to him from the first time a question about a vocation was asked that he was called to be Brother. Richard graduated from Johnstown Catholic High School in 1951 went to work on the Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad before joining the US Navy. He said that the Navy sent him to electronic training school in Memphis, Tennessee. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in September, 1955. It was then that he began his journey to his religious vocation.

Richard applied and was accepted into the Brothers of Holy Cross entering the juniorate program at Valatie, New York in October of 1956. He entered St. Joseph Novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, on January 25, 1957. He made his first profession of vows there on January 26, 1958. Brother Richard made his perpetual profession of vows in August of 1961. In the early ‘60s, his parents were named the Catholic Family of the Year as four of his siblings entered the priesthood or religious life. He had followed his older brother James into Holy Cross, two of his sisters were religious sisters and two of his brothers were ordained for the diocese of Johnstown.

After his novitiate year, Brother Richard was assigned to study at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree there in 1961. Eventually he earned a masters from the Catholic University of America in 1968.

Brother Richard Aloysius KiniryBrother Richard’s career in education began at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. He then went to Mackin High School in Washington, DC as a teacher before moving to Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut as a teacher and dean. Richard was a gifted and demanding Physics and Mathematics teacher. There was a point in the mid-60s when both he and his brother James were assigned to Notre Dame High School in West Haven. Both taught math. Having two brothers who were actually brothers (no matter how one looked at it) proved to be a great curiosity to the students there. Brother Richard was eventually named Principal and Superior at Monsignor Coyle High School in Taunton, Massachusetts, a position he held until 1971. He was also named Principal at Mackin High School in Washington, DC from 1972 through 1976. Brother Richard served on the Provincial Council from 1972 through 1982, with six of those years as the Assistant Provincial for Brother Renatus Foldenauer. After that experience he says he decided to move from education to pastoral health care.

Brother Richard Aloysius KiniryIn 1982 Brother Richard took a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. The following year he became the Director of Pastoral Care at Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Albany. He continued in this until 1987 when he began a ministry in the Eastern Province of Brothers as Director of Retirement, Director of Assisted Living, and Director of Aging and Health Care. In 1998 he enjoyed a sabbatical year before going on to further health care ministry with Volunteer Millennium Care and Rehab in Largo, Maryland, from 2006 through 2009. He then became a volunteer at the Millenium Nursing Facility out of Mount Calvary Rectory in Forestville, Maryland. At that time he was an active volunteer and participant in the student retreats at Bishop McNamara High School. He was greatly appreciated by the students and faculty there as well as by those he visited in nursing homes. In 2013, Brother Richard moved to St. Joseph Center in Valatie, New York, where he kept busy with various volunteer projects.

Brother Richard had an engaging sense of humor and was appreciated and valued in community. He could be practical to a fault, was known for holding on tightly to a nickel, but was always caring and concerned, supportive and encouraging to those who needed it. He took his role as Director of Retirement for the Province seriously and encouraged many brothers to broaden their horizons and to try new volunteer ministries in their later years. He was a good brother to all.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated for the repose of the soul of Brother Richard Kiniry on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Brother Richard has donated his body for scientific study so there will be no funeral at this time. A funeral Mass and burial will be held at the time his body is returned to us.

In thanksgiving for his brotherhood and his witness in ministry, we commend his soul to our loving God! Ave Crux, Spes Unica.

– Br. Donald Blauvelt, CSC


Brother Richard Aloysius Kiniry


Brother Richard Aloysius Kiniry, CSC served the Lord faithfully in the following ministries:

  • 1961-1962 Teacher, Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, Rhode Island
  • 1962-1964 Teacher, Mackin High School, Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1964-1967 Teacher/Dean, Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Connecticut
  • 1967-1971 Principal/Superior,Msgr. Coyle High School, Taunton, Massachusetts
  • 1971-1972 Director of Studies, Holy Cross High School, Flushing, New York
  • 1972-1976 Principal, Mackin High School, Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1976-1982 Assistant Provincial
  • 1982-1983 CPE Program, St. Peter’s Hospital, Valatie, New York
  • 1983-1987 Pastoral Care, Valatie, New York
  • 1983-1994 Province Director of Retirement
  • 1994-1998 Director of Local Community, Aging and Health Care, Valatie, New York
  • 1998-1999 Sabbatical
  • 1999-2000 Director of Aging and Health Care, Adelphi, Maryland
  • 2000-2006 Community Director, Chaplain, Forestville, Maryland
  • 2006-2009 Millennium Care and Rehab, Forestville, Maryland
  • 2009-2013 Volunteer, Nursing and Rehab Center, Forestville, Maryland
  • 2013-2019 Resident, St. Joseph Center, Valatie, New York