"He brought the presence of God to his students through math."
- Monsignor Edmund Whalen '76

Please join the Monsignor Farrell Holy Name Society for the Seventh Annual Father John Comiskey Memorial Mile on Sunday, March 31st at Farrell.  A Mass in memory of Fr. Comiskey will be celebrated in the chapel at 9:00am with race to follow. All proceeds go to the Father John Comiskey Memorial Scholarship.

9:00am - Mass
10:00am - Warm-ups
10:30am - Race


Please contact Mr. John Fox  to register, or register on race day.

About Fr. John Comiskey

Father John P. Comiskey, who taught at Monsignor Farrell High School for 48 years, passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Calvary Hospital Hospice in the Bronx."Father Comiskey was our longest-serving faculty member and in the Archdiocese, he served in a high school longer than any other priest," said Monsignor Edmund Whalen. Instructing generations of students, he was a dedicated, demanding teacher who expected the best from his pupils in return."

The son of Patrick and Catherine, Irish immigrants, John Comiskey was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, where he attended Blessed Sacrament School before going to Cathedral College, Manhattan, for his high school and college studies. He then entered St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers where he earned his M.A. in Theology. He was ordained a priest by Francis Cardinal Spellman at St. Patrick's Cathedral on May 28, 1960.

Father was assigned to Annunciation Parish, Manhattan and while there taught Theology at Marymount Manhattan College. In 1964, he joined the faculty of Monsignor Farrell High School where he taught for 48 years. Initially, he taught religion and mathematics, and for most of his years at Farrell, he taught mathematics and computer science. Always dedicated to his students, he earned two additional master's degrees so as to be well prepared to teach them.

While teaching, he earned his M.S. in Mathematics from Fordham University and a M.S. in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island. Father taught all levels of mathematics, including the highest levels of Advanced Placement Calculus. Father was especially proud of his development of the Computer Science Department, which was started by Brother Robert Harris and which Father expanded so that every Farrell student would take four years of Computer Science and would have the possibility of taking Advanced Placement Computer Science, along with earning college credits through St. John's University.

From 1964 to 1968, Father was a Sunday assistant at Sacred Heart Parish, West Brighton, and from 1968 to the present was an assistant at St. Theresa's Parish, Castleton Corners.  He was also a Sunday assistant for over 25 years at St. Ann's Parish, Dongan Hills.

"Father Comiskey stressed to his students the presence and importance of always having God in mind, not only while studying at Farrell but in their careers and the remainder of their lives, Monsignor Whalen said, adding  "He was a priest teaching math, not a math teacher who just happened to be a priest.  He brought the presence of God to his students through math."

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