Father Gerald Browne, long-time pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Carteret, died, August 23. Father Browne’s body will be received by Rev. Msgr. Robert Zamorski at 2 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus Church), Carteret, on Monday, August 26. Public visitation will follow until 7:15 p.m. Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, V.G. will celebrate the Mass of Commemoration at 7:30 p.m.
Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m., also at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Carteret. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.
Father Gerald Browne, a retired priest who resided in Maria Regina, Somerset, last served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Carteret (now a worship site of Divine Mercy Parish). He was born in Orange to the late Harold J. and Marie Hanley Browne. He had one brother, James, who is deceased.
He attended Columbian Elementary School and Clifford J. Scott High School, both in East Orange. After graduation, he entered the Army Air Corp., which became the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the 19th Bomb Group from 1949 to 1952, serving in Okinawa, Japan.
Upon his discharge, Father Brown attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he received a bachelor of science degree in marketing, and worked for an automotive parts business. He also received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from St. Paul University, Washington, D.C. He completed his seminary training in Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mahwah, earning a master of divinity degree.
Father Browne was ordained May 23, 1981, in St. Mary Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John C. Reiss. He has served the diocese as parochial vicar in Our Lady of Fatima, Piscataway, and St. Philip and St. James Parish, Phillipsburg. He was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish from 1988 to 2005.
Coverage of Father Browne’s funeral will be in the September 12 edition of The Catholic Spirit.