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St. Joseph’s Seminary

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Princeton, New Jersey 08540


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Rev. Frank Sacks, C.M., Superior

 July 26, 2008

Diocese of Metuchen

Notice for a Funeral Announcement to be faxed to clergy/parishes

 Rev. Emerick J. Hydo, C.M. of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Princeton, NJ passed away on Friday afternoon, July 25, 2008. His long bout with cancer and deteriorating health required palliative care at St. Catherine’s Infirmary in Philadelphia, PA. 

A native of New Jersey born in Perth Amboy in 1923, Father Hydo was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Congregation of the Mission. He served in the Diocese of Metuchen at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Plainsboro for a total of seventeen years from 1950-1953, 1987-1993 and 2000-present. His career included other educational positions at two Vincentian universities, St. John’s and Niagara, and as President and Superior of the minor seminary of St. John Vianney in Miami, FL. He also served briefly as a parish priest in St. Mary’s parish in Groveport, Oh and in Our Lady of Good Council Parish in Bangor, PA. 

At his request, all funeral services will take place at St. Joseph’s Seminary, 65 Mapleton Road, Princeton (Plainsboro). The viewing/wake services will be in St. Joseph’s Hall on Tuesday July 29th from 3:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM and in the public chapel of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal on Wednesday July 30th from 9:00-10:00 AM. The funeral Mass on Wednesday will begin at 10:30 AM followed immediately by a graveside service. Participants are invited to a luncheon in Slattery Hall. 

The Vincentian Community thanks the clergy of the diocese for their prayers for Fr. Em and invites their parishioners to join in services. May God grant Em eternal rest after his long struggle with cancer and courageous witness to priestly service.

Rev. Emerick J. Hydo, C.M.

Text for liturgical program Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Life  to Celebrate 

                Father Em was born in Perth Amboy in 1923 where he attended Holy Trinity parochial school and two years in St. Mary’s High School. He completed high school and his first two years of college at St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary. His novitiate years were spent at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Philadelphia. After completing his college and theology courses at Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA, he was ordained a priest in 1950 for the Congregation of the Mission — Eastern Province USA.  

                He served in his native New Jersey within the Dioceses of Trenton/Metuchen at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Plainsboro for a total of seventeen years. He had two degrees in graduate studies from St. John’s University: an M.A. in Sociology (1953) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1962) and six credits in Public Administration from Barry College, Miami, Florida. 


St. Joseph’s Seminary, Plainsboro, NJ          ...... 1950-1952

St. John’s College (SJU), Jamaica, NY           ...... 1952-1953

Niagara University, NY              ............................ 1953-1959

St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY         ............. 1959-1964

Niagara University, NY          ................................ 1964-1965

St. John Vianney Seminary, Miami, FL          ...... 1965-1971

Niagara University, NY           ............................... 1971-1980

St. Mary’s Parish, Groveport OH          ............... 1980-1982

Niagara University, NY           ............................... 1982-1987

St. Joseph’s Seminary, Plainsboro, NJ        ........ 1987-1993

O.L. of Good Counsel Parish, Bangor, PA        .. 1993-2000

St. Joseph’s Seminary, Plainsboro, NJ        ........ 2000-2008 

Through the years, Father Em held a number of positions at Niagara University: Residence Director (1953-57), Dean of Discipline (1956-59), Chairman of the Sociology Department (1958-59),  Chairman of the Honors Council (1963-64), Moderator of Athletics (1964-65 and 1971-74), Chairman of the Athletic Advisory Board (1971-74), member of the Executive Committee for Middle States Association (1974) and member of the University Senate (1974-75 and 1977-78). In Miami he was Superior and President of St. John Vianney Minor Seminary and served on the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent de Paul Major Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. 

                At his request, we remember him in funeral services here at St. Joseph’s Seminary.  He loved this place; from here Father Em served in a variety of ministries in neighboring parishes. In recent years he had struggled with the cancer that ultimately required he move to St. Vincent’s Seminary in Philadelphia to receive hospice care at St. Catherine’s Infirmary. 

                We mourn the passing of a beloved confrere and devoted priest, and in faith rejoice that he is now in the hands of our merciful God. We thank God for all his gifts  and pray that God have mercy upon his immortal soul.