Bro. James Kelly, president of Mount Saint Joseph High School for 10 years, died Saturday at 6:55 a.m. at his home on the campus of the all-boys Catholic high school in the Irvington neighborhood of Baltimore, according to a release from the school.
He was surrounded by his sister, Pat, and his fellow members of the Xaverian order, Bro. Lawrence Harvey, Bro. Arthur Caliman, Bro. Thomas Ryan, Bro. George Donnelly, Bro. Daniel Lynch and Bro. John Mahoney.
He was 64 and had been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic prostate cancer three years ago.
"He was my friend for over 40 years," said Barry Fitzpatrick, principal of the school, in the release. "I know him well enough to know that he would not want us to wallow in deep sadness but to resurrect in great joy at what we might accomplish if only we trust in God's divine providence."
On Nov. 20, Kelly was awarded the Cross of Honour at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, a papal award established in 1888 and given to laity and clergy for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church.
In recent months, when the illness or his regular chemotherapy treatments left him too weak to be in the classroom, Kelly used Skype, a software application that allows for real-time video conferencing, to teach.
A Massachusetts native, Kelly joined the Xaverian Brothers in July, 1965. He professed his vows in September 1967. He began his teaching assignment at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.
In 1982, he was appointed principal at Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., and served in that position until 1991.
He also served as president at St. Xavier High School in Louisville until his appointment as president at Mount St. Joseph in 2001. The Kentucky school, which dates to 1864, and the Baltimore school, which accepted its first student in the fall of 1877, are two of the order's oldest.
There will be a wake and viewing in the chapel on the school campus Monday, Dec. 5, 3-8 p.m.
Mt. St. Joseph students will have the opportunity to pay their respects during the school day.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 North Charles Street, Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m.
Students at Mt. St. Joe will report to school at the regular time Tuesday and be taken to the Mass by bus from the school.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Mount St. Joseph High School
4403 Frederick Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
or to the
Xaverian Brothers Generalate
4409 Frederick Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229.
Reporter Brian Conlin also contributed to this article.