Rev. William J. Hewitt, 76,
pastor, chaplain in Trenton area

Newark Star-Ledger, Wednesday, February 26, 2003

A Mass for Rev. William J. Hewitt, 76, of Hamilton will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in St. Anns Church, 6 Church St., Hampton. Arrangements are by the Branchburg Funeral Home, Branchburg.

Father Hewitt, who died Saturday in Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla., while vacationing, was born in Palisades Park.

Ordained in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton on May 25, 1957, he served as an associate at Sacred Heart Church in Trenton and later at Corpus Christi, South River, Our Lady of Sorrows, Mercerville, St. Johns Church, Lambertville, Holy Spirit Church, Perth Amboy, and St. Magdalene's Church, Flemington.

In 1972, Father Hewitt was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater and was later transferred to Our Lady of the Mount Church, Warren, where he served until 1989, and to St. Ann's Church, Hampton. He retired a year ago.

Father Hewitt earned a bachelors degree from Holy Cross Prep Seminary in New Jersey and a degree in theology from St. Vincent's Seminary, Latrobe, Pa.

A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served as a scout and machine gunner.

Father Hewitt was a chaplain of the Mercer County Jail, the New Jersey State Prison and the Mercer County Workhouse, as well as the Bridgewater Police Department. He also served as chairman of the annual St. Patricks Day Parade that ran from Somerville through Raritan and into Bridgewater.

Surviving are sisters, Sister Grace Eileen Hewitt and Mary Casola.

 

Rev. William J. Hewitt
HEWITT - Rev. William J., 76, on Feb. 22, 2003. Vigil Mass Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann's Church, 6 Church St., Hampton, N.J., to be celebrated by Most Reverend Edward T. Hughes Bishop Emeritus. Funeral Liturgy Thursday, 11 a.m. to be celebrated by Most Reverend Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen. Interment St. Ann's Church Cemetery, Hampton. Public visitation Wednesday 1-7:15 p.m. and Thursday 9-10:45 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of The BRANCHBURG FUNERAL HOME, 910 Highway 202, Branchburg, N.J.

Published in the Star-Ledger on 2/26/2003.

 

Rev. William Hewitt

RARITAN BOROUGH ó The Rev. William J. Hewitt, a retired Catholic priest, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He had been vacationing with Archbishop Lawrence Burke in the Bahamas when he fell ill and was flown to Miami. He was 76.

Born in Palisades Park, he was the son of William and Grace Saunderson Hewitt. He resided in Raritan for many years.

He attended St. Matthewís School in Ridgefield and St. Ceciliaís High School in Englewood.

He attended Fordham University in The Bronx, N.Y., from 1942 to 1944. He left to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II as a scout and machine gunner. Following the war, he attended Holy Cross Prep Seminary and received a bachelorís degree. Then he entered the Passionist Seminary at Dunkirk, N.Y. He was a member of the Passionist congregation until 1953. He then joined the Trenton Diocese and completed his degree in theology at St. Vincentís Seminary, Latrobe, Pa. in 1957.

He then served as an associate pastor at these churches: Sacred Heart, Trenton; Corpus Christi, South River; Our Lady of Sorrows, Mercerville; St. Johnís, Lambertville; Holy Spirit, Perth Amboy; and St. Magdalen, Flemington.

He was then pastor of the Holy Trinity Church, Bridgewater, from 1972 to 1985; Our Lady of the Mount Church, Warren, 1985 to 1989; and St. Annís Church in Hampton, his last pastoral assignment, from 1989 to last July 30, when he retired.
He was a former chaplain for Mercer County Jail, New Jersey State Prison and Mercer County Workhouse. He was a former chairman for the annual St. Patrickís Day Parade, which ran through Somerville, Raritan and Bridgewater.

He founded the St. Annís of Hampton Pipe Band.

His brother, the Rev. Arthur E. Hewitt, S.P., died in 1970.

He is survived by two sisters, Sister Grace Eileen, O.P., at Our Lady of Sorrows in Jersey City and Mary Casola of Alexandria, Va.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Annís Church in Hampton, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Calling hours were yesterday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. in the church. A Vigil Mass was set for at 7:30.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Branchburg Funeral Home.

Published in the Hunterdon Democrat on 2/27/2003.

 

Rev. William J. Hewitt

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

By Roger Smith
The Jersey Journal

Mass for the Rev. William J. Hewitt, 76, of Hampton, an ordained priest for more than 40 years who had served as pastor at several New Jersey churches, will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. Ann's Church, Hampton. He died Saturday at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla..

Born in Palisades Park, Hewitt attended St. Matthew's Grammar School, Ridgefield, and St. Cecilia's High School, Englewood.

Later, he attended Fordham University, New York City, for two years before completing his bachelor's degree at Holy Cross Seminary in 1948. He finished his education by earning a theology degree from St. Vincent's Seminary, Latrobe, Pa., in 1957.

After his ordination at the Trenton Diocese in 1957, Hewitt was an associate at the following churches: Sacred Heart, Trenton; Corpus Christi, South River; Our Lady of Sorrows, Mercerville; St. John's, Lambertsville; Holy Spirit, Perth Amboy; and St. Magdalene's, Flemington.

In 1972, he was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Bridgewater, a position he held for 13 years. He then served as pastor of Our Lady of the Mount Church, Warren, from 1985-1989, where he received his last pastoral appointment to St. Ann's Church, Hampton. He retired from St. Ann's Church in July 2002.

"He had a great deal of energy for justice issues," said Sister Elise of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jersey City, adding that Hewitt worked hard to reach out to those who had left the church.

A staple of Hewitt's outreach to former parishioners was Information Night, a regular event where Hewitt would invite former churchgoers to return and discuss their feelings about the church as well as any new developments in their faith.

Along with his church service, Hewitt was a former chaplain at Mercer County Jail, New Jersey State Prison, Mercer County Workhouse and the Bridgewater Police Department. He also was a past chairman of the Somerville-Raritan-Bridgewater St. Patrick's Day Parade.

His retirement dream was to establish a soup kitchen for the poor and homeless. By the time he retired last July, he had purchased all the necessary equipment. In the past few months, he had been searching for an appropriate facility to house the soup kitchen.

"He had an extraordinary love for all of God's creatures," said Sister Grace Eileen of Our Lady of Sorrows, Hewitt's sister. "He always had animals and cared deeply about the Earth and the trees."

Hewitt is survived by two sisters, Sister Grace Eileen of Our Lady of Sorrows, Jersey City, and Mary Casola; a brother-in-law, Dr. Armand Casola; a niece; and three nephews.

Rev. William J. Hewitt

Express Times, Wednesday, February 26, 2003

The Rev. William J. Hewitt, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, while vacationing with Archbishop Lawrence Burke in The Bahamas.

Born: In Palisades Park, N.J., a son of the late William T. and Grace L. Saunderson Hewitt.

Personal: He attended St. Matthew's Grammar School in Ridgefield, N.J., St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood, N.J., and Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., from 1942 to 1944.

He left college as a sophomore to serve in the Marines during World War II as a scout and machine gunner.

He then attended Holy Cross Prep Seminary from 1946 to 1948, where he received his BA degree. Following the war, he entered the Passionist Seminary in Dunkirk, N.Y., and then joined the Trenton Diocese. In 1957 he completed his degree in Theology at St. Vincent's Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. He was ordained for the Trenton Diocese on May 25, 1957.

Since then, he served as an associate of Sacred Heart in Trenton; Corpus Christi in South River, N.J.; Our Lady of Sorrows in Mercerville, N.J.; St. John's in Lambertsville, N.J.; Holy Spirit in Perth Amboy, N.J., and St. Magdalene's in Flemington. He was later appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Bridgewater, N.J., from 1972 to 1985; Our Lady of the Mount Church in Warren from 1985 to 1989 and St. Ann's Church in Hampton. His last pastoral assignment was from 1989 to July 30, 2002, when he retired. He was a former chaplain for Mercer County Jail in New Jersey State Prison and Mercer County Workhouse. He was former chairman for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade which ran from Somerville, N.J., through Raritan and into Bridgewater. He was also the former chaplain for the Bridgewater Police Department.

Memberships: He was a member of the Passionist Congregation until 1953.

Survivors: two sisters, Sister Grace Eileen, O.P., at Our Lady of Sorrows in Jersey City, N.J., and Mary Casola; a brother-in-law, Dr. Armand of Alexandria, Va.; a niece; and three nephews.

A brother, the Rev. Arthur E., S.P., died in 1970.

Services: A funeral liturgy will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday with the Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen, as celebrant. A public visitation will be held from 1 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in St. Ann's Church, 6 Church St., Hampton, with a Vigil Mass to be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. with the Most Rev. Edward T. Hughes, Bishop Emeritus as celebrant. Call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the church. Burial will be in St. Ann's Church Cemetery in Hampton. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Branchburg Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 202 South, Branchburg, N.J.

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