Rev. Harry P. Jewison
Saturday, February 27, 1926
Date of Death:
Monday, July 15, 2019
93 years old
Rev. Harry P. Jewison
Father Harry P. Jewison, 93, of Rochester, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born on February 27, 1926 in Janesville, MN, the 7th of 9 children to Arthur and Kathryn Jewison.
His grade school education was in the country school district 28 in Waseca County. He graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1944 from Janesville High School. After graduation he served in the Army in WWII. After the service Fr. Jewison attended St. Thomas University in St. Paul. He later transferred to St. Mary’s University as a seminarian. He graduated from St. Mary’s cum laude in 1950. Fr. Jewison attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for his theology studies.
Fr. Jewison was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Edward A. Fitzgerald in 1954. The class of 1954 was the largest class in the history of the Diocese of Winona. He was appointed to several parishes as an associate pastor during the first years of his priesthood serving St. Mary’s in Winona, St. Joseph’s in Owatonna, St. John’s in Rochester, St. Mary’s in Worthington, and St. Joachim’s in Plainview. During those years he was also an instructor at Cotter High School in Winona and St. Mary’s High School in Owatonna and each of the parishes’ grade schools. Fr. also served as the pastor at Holy Cross in Dakota, Precious Blood in Lamoille, St. Columba’s in Iona, St. John Vianney in Fairmont, St. Mary’s in Lake City, St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester, and Sacred Heart in Owatonna.
During his time in these parishes Fr. also served as the Area Director (Dean) in the Fairmont, Lake City, and Rochester areas. For many years he was a member of the Presbyterial Council of the Diocese, College of Consultors to the Bishop, and a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, joining in 1944.
Fr. Jewison joined the ranks of the Senior Priests in 1994. Since that time, he lived in Rochester and kept busy filling in for priests who were sick, on vacation, or just needed help in their parishes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and three brothers. Fr. Jewison is survived by one sister, Rita Byron; caregiver, Judy Syring; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Food for the Poor or Catholic Relief Services.
A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn officiating with priests of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester con-celebrating. Visitation will be held one and a half hours prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Rochester.
The family of Rev. Harry P. Jewison has received the following condolences.
I just read about the passing of Fr. Jewison in the Courier. I love, love, love Fr. Jewison. 52 years ago, Fr. Jewison baptized our second son, and then baptized 2 more of our children, when we lived in Pickwick, MN, and attended The Church of the Precious Blood in LaMoille, MN. Father brought my husband into the Catholic church during this time, also. One humorous event happened during his tenure there, with our family. After his homily one Sunday, our oldest son, who was 4 at the time, began applauding. Father got the most amused look on his face, and almost looked like he wanted to say, "thank you!" Of course, at the time, I was embarrassed to death, but now I think of it as a treasured memory. Father was always there for us, and was the most kind priest I had ever met.
Judy, and the family of FR Jewison,
Fr. Jewison was an inspiration to many of us. Art and I remember many times meeting He and Judy at the Lenten Fish Dinners and elsewhere. He was always a delightful person and well as a great priestly priest, as our Parish priest at St. Francis as well as a retired priest in many parishes. I feel Judy was surely a great help to him these many years. God's Blessings on both. Sincerely and my prayers, Helen Mueller
Our sympathy to you, the family of Fr. Jewison. Father married us back in 1978. We were 18 year's old and expecting a child. We were scared and ashamed and so very young. Father was so supportive and loving towards us. We celebrated 40 years together in December and are most grateful for his support, which also kept us close to our Catholic faith. He was a blessing to so many.
our family is deeply saddened by the loss of Father Jewison
we celebrate this great priests life .
He was great to be with and work with
Prayers , the Ken Dondlinger family
Father Harry Jewison has a high place of regard with me. Always pertinent, always kind, punctual, and to the point. I enjoyed everything about him as he relieved various parish priests in retirememt. God rest his soul---he has received saint status as far as I am concerned---a better man I have never seen !
Prayerful sympathy on the death of Fr. Harry Jewison. I served with him at St. Francis from July 81 to Nov. 83. He taught me much about preaching and parish administration, but I was and still am not sharp enough for limericks! I am on retreat now and a bit of vacation, so I will not be present to con-celebrate his funeral Mass, but I will be with you in prayer. God rest Harry. I shall miss him.
Fr. Edward McGrath
St Mary Chatfield and others