Rev. Peter Joseph McCabe, III, a Catholic priest for 50 years, died on April 23, 2020 in Mexia, Texas at the age of 81. He was born on April 25, 1938 in Beacon, New York to Peter Joseph McCabe, Jr. and Julia Alesio McCabe. Rev. McCabe attended St. Jerome’s College in Kitchener Ontario, Canada. He also attended St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Yonkers, New York, Holy Ghost Seminary in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri.
Rev. McCabe was ordained for the Diocese of Austin on May 30, 1970. His first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Taylor followed by serving at St. Joseph in Bellmead, St. Monica in Cameron, St. Mary in Lockhart, St. Luke in Temple, St. Mary in College Station, St. Julia in Austin, St. Joseph in Manor, St. Joseph in Mason, St. Elizabeth in Pflugerville and St. Joseph in Dime Box. At various times, Rev. McCabe was also in residence at Cristo Rey in Austin and St. William in Round Rock, as well as having served as Director of Southwest University Student Center in San Marcos, Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital in Austin, Giddings State School and later as Chaplain at Evins Regional Juvenile Center in Edinburg, Texas. In 1977-78 he did mission work in India where he worked with St. (Mother) Theresa of Calcutta.
Rev. McCabe was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Juliann Triola of Wappingers Falls, New York.
A Vigil Service and Rosary will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mexia (606 N. Bonham Street) from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on May 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. The Mass will be livestreamed on St. Mary’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stmarysmexia. Burial will be in Wappingers Falls, New York.
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