Msgr. Eugene J. Fowler, born December 14, 1921 in New York, Monsignor was raised by his parents, Eugene and Anna, along with his sister, Marie and brothers Kenneth, Joseph and Robert (all deceased) in the North Bronx. Attending St. Barnabas grammar school, Monsignor first realized his vocation for the priesthood by serving Mass for the Pastor, Msgr Michael Reilly.
He continued his education, graduating St. Joseph’s Seminary in 1948 and then being ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Monsignor then began a career of parish assignments throughout the Bronx and Manhattan, working with the local youth, using baseball, football, basketball and boxing to channel children into a positive direction for their lives. At the same time, Monsignor saw his beloved Bronx in a state of decline and worked diligently with the Model Cities Program of the Federal Government and local merchants to keep jobs and middle class housing in the South Bronx. This work culminated in his elevation to Monsignor in 1965 by Francis Cardinal Spellman. Monsignor then transferred to Sts. Peter & Paul in Mount Vernon NY and continued his work with youths and urban development but took on a new role as Catholic Chaplain of the Mount Vernon Police Department. In 1979, Monsignor accepted his last official assignment as a priest, serving as Pastor of St. Catherine Laboure in Lake Katrine NY. Retiring in 1996, Monsignor resided in housing provided by St Joseph’s Novitiate in Greene County, NY. In addition to your prayers for the repose of his soul, we ask that you consider a donation to the Daughters of Mary, St. Joseph’s Novitiate, PO Box 205 Round Top, NY 12473.