Requiescat in Pace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Raymond Finerty, OP, who died on Friday, June 21, 2024.

Fr. Raymond John Palmer Finerty, OP, 79, of Seattle, died Friday, June 21, 2024. Fr. Raymond gave his life to minister to the Lord and his sheepfold in the Dominican Order. He was born in Oakland and raised in Vallejo, California where he attended Saint Vincent Ferrer elementary and high school under the tutelage of the Dominicans. He studied at the University of San Francisco and St. Albert College. He entered the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained a priest December 17, 1971. His ministry at parishes and Newman Centers ranged from Southern California to Ashland to Riverside to Seattle. He was very proud of working on the committee which led to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) document on campus ministry: Empowered by the Spirit.

He is survived by his brothers Lee (Claudia) and Patrick (Mary) their five children, Patrick Jr., Sean, Kevin, Maureen, and Kerry and by his aunt Helene Allbritton and cousins Pam Bakotich and Sr. Susan Allbritton, O.P. and collectively, by nine grand nieces and nephews and one great grandnephew.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Exa Finerty.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday 1 July
7:30 pm, Vigil (Eulogy, Vespers [Office for the Dead], Rosary), St. Dominic’s, Benicia

Tuesday 2 July
10:00 am, Funeral Mass, St. Dominic’s, Benicia
11:30 am, Burial, St. Dominic's Cemetery, Benicia

Memorial Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament in Seattle on July 2nd at 7pm. Rosary at 6:30pm.

To make a gift in memory of Fr. Raymond Finerty, please use the form below. It is a tradition of the Order of Preachers to establish a fund in the name of each of our departed brothers. Your donation to this memorial fund will support the education of our Dominican brothers still in formation, continuing the faithful legacy of our departed brother. It is a lasting tribute to Fr. Raymond and a gift to the Dominican students who study in his footsteps.