Father Mark Delery, O.C.S.O., 91, of Berryville, Virginia, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center.
Alfred A. Delery was born January 2, 1919 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Louis A. and Albertine A. Vezina Delery.
He was a graduate of Boston College, 1941, and Tufts Medical School, Boston, MA, 1944. He served as a Captain in the U. S. Army Medical Corps, 1945-1947, and was in private practice as a physician, 1949-1954. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1963, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. A member of the Roman Catholic Church, he entered St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA, in 1954 as a monk. Father Mark was ordained a priest in 1959. In 1981, he transferred to Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA, and was elected abbot of the community, 1984-1990. After his service as abbot, Father Mark ministered as spiritual director and counselor at the Abbey Retreat House until his last illness. He authored several spiritual books, The Parable of the Cherry Blossom and The Song of a Silent Stone, both in collaboration with the artist Sheila Keefe. He also wrote the biography of a fellow monk, Brother Thomas Whalen, Feet of Clay Wrapped in Love.
Surviving are two sisters, Corinne Brittain of Burnham-on-Crouch, England, and Patricia Webber of Concord, NH; a brother, John Delery of Fort Worth, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Richard and Robert Delery and three sisters, Adelaide Bishop Hampson, Rita Benedetti, and Alice Larrow Delery preceded him in death.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 2:00 P. M. Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA with Abbot Robert Barnes officiating. Burial will be at the Holy Cross Abbey Cemetery.
A prayer vigil will be held from 9:00 A. M. – 2:00 P. M. before the Mass at the Holy Cross Abbey.
Arrangements are being handled by the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville.