Fr. Conrad (Jay) Somerville, OFM Conv.
  • The Franciscan Place
    9645 Destiny USA Drive
    Syracuse, NY 13290

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“All of us that you ministered to at the Franciscan Place miss you dearly. We will never forget you... ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Patti Siedlicki - Liverpool, NY

“I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one because I am sure you loved him - I did, when I was 13..I am going to share my memory...He touched me...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Kateri Noga - Utica, NY

“I am in a state of shock about this news that I learned today. I am so sad to have lost this good friend of mine....always giving me a word of...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Margaret Reith - Syracuse, NY

“Rest In Peace, Father Conrad Somerville, you were a humble Priest sent from God to do good in this much needed world. I will miss your gentle spoken...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Demars - Liverpool, NY

“Great teacher. He taught me physics at High Scool in Costa Rica. The group always remembers him. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Rodrigo Castro - San José

“The passing of Father Conrad is a loss to all of us, especially those of us who were blessed to have him hear our confessions. For over 10 years now...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Patti Siedlicki - Liverpool, NY

“Well done good and faithful servant! Your will be missed by many! Rest in peace my friend. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Patrick Dwyer

“I was so sad when I learned of Father Conrad's passing. I felt like I lost a good friend. I consider him to be one of God's great blessings in my...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Jo Conway - Phoenix, NY

“I was blessed to have Father Conrad hear my confessions at Destiny Carousel Mall in Syracuse NY and I felt I could talk to Father. I thought when...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Catherine Beach - Oswego, NY

“He was a genuine Friar, and a fascinating teacher. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: robert sochor

“Our condolences from our family to the entire Franciscan community over the loss of your beloved Father Conrad. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Patricia Knight Scholl - Syracuse, NY

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Fr. Conrad (Jay) Somerville, OFM Conv. died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, NY on November 21, 2013 after a brief illness.

He was born in Cohoes, New York on August 3, 1928, the son of the late Earl and Catherine Somerville.

Fr. Conrad professed his first vows as a Conventual Franciscan Friar on August 18, 1948 in Cohoes, NY and his solemn vows on August 18, 1952 in Rensselaer, NY. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Fr. Conrad spent much of his Franciscan priestly ministry as a teacher. He taught at St. Francis College in Moravia, Costa Rica; Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam, NY and Canevin High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fr. Conrad also taught at St. Joseph Grammar School in Utica, NY and Our Lady of Angels School in Albany, NY. He served as the Associate Pastor at Holy Rosary Church in Belleville, Ontario, and Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Tribes Hill, NY.

After serving a number years as Sacramental Minister at St. Francis Chapel in Albany, he moved to Syracuse fifteen years ago to serve at The Franciscan Place at Destiny USA.

Fr. Conrad will be deeply missed by his Franciscan community and all the people he served faithfully as friar-priest over many years, especially those to whom he ministered at The Franciscan Place in Destiny USA.

Visitation hours will be held at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, 812 North Salina Street in Syracuse on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with the Franciscan Wake Service at 7:00 PM.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 11:00AM at Assumption Church.

The Rite of Committal and burial will be at the Friars' Plot in Assumption Cemetery in Syracuse immediately following the Mass.

Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: The Franciscan Place, Destiny USA, 9645 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse, NY 13290