News and Tribune

October 11, 2012

Rev. J. Joseph McNally

80; of Indianapolis

— A funeral Mass for Rev. J. Joseph McNally, 80, of Indianapolis, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Indianapolis. The Rite of Committal will be celebrated immediately following the funeral in the Priests’ Circle at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis. He died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

He was a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and was retired from full-time ministry in 2002. However, “Fr. Mac” continued to assist the people of central and southern Indiana well into his retirement. Born in 1932 in Indianapolis to the late John P. and the late Mary A. Trouy McNally, he spent most of his young life in southern Indiana, attending grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic School, New Albany, and Major and Minor Seminary at Saint Meinrad Seminary. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Paul C. Schulte on May 3, 1958, and, then, he began what would be a remarkable tenure of service to God and his people. His assignments included serving as associate pastor/assistant at Our Lady of Lourdes, Indianapolis; St. Margaret Mary, Terre Haute; and St. Paul Church, Sellersburg. He also served as an instructor at Scecina Memorial High School, Indianapolis, and at Schulte High School, Terre Haute, and as student director at Providence High School, Clarksville. In his service to the church, he was assigned as pastor to Sacred Heart, Jeffersonville, St. Columba and St. Bartholomew, Columbus, and St. Barnabas, Indianapolis. During his active ministry, he even returned to school and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychology from Spaulding University in Louisville. He was instrumental in the founding of the South Central Indiana Hospice Program in Columbus, and was an ardent supporter of Catholic education for all regardless of their economic means.

A Sagamore of the Wabash, Fr. McNally is remembered as one who always asked the important questions and who made others feel as if the whole world waited on their answer. Generous and loving, his smile and his laugh will be remembered in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He also loved fishing, traveling, playing golf, Notre Dame and all things Irish.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Kathleen McNally, of Franklin, Tenn., and Mariam McNally, of New Albany, as well as by five nieces, four nephews, and many cousins. He is also survived by his wonderful friends and caregivers, Kathy Schubel and family of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Paul T. and Robert E. McNally.

All who loved him are especially praying for him now with the words of the Irish Blessing: “Fr. Mac, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”

Fr. McNally’s body will be received at St. Barnabas Church, 8300 Rahke Road, Indianapolis, at 3 p.m., today, Friday, Oct. 12, with visitation to follow until 7:30 p.m. when a Vigil Service will be celebrated. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas with the funeral Mass being celebrated at 10 a.m. by Bishop Christopher Coyne, SLD, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

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