We received word that Brother James Boyle passed away during the night of January 23rd. His passing is merciful due to the great pain he was experiencing in the last two days of his life. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
Native of Peabody, Massachusetts, Brother James was born on 10 April 1931 to Johanna and Daniel J. Boyle. He was one of four sons. All his brothers have predeceased him. Graduating from Saint John’s Prep in 1948, Jim went on to college. He did his undergraduate studies at Catholic University before entering the Congregation in 1952 receiving the religious name ‘Sulpicius.’ A foundational belief of the Xaverian Brothers is that each of us ‘is a unique expression of God’s love.’ Thus we embody the Xaverian charism according to our unique gifts and personality. Jim’s outstanding intellect, enduring friendships, humor and wit, sensitivity to the Arts, and most of all his love of our Xaverian way of life shaped how he would live the charism.
As mentioned above, Jim earned his undergraduate degree in English from Catholic University. He received his Masters from Boston College. He also studied at Harvard and Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Brothers who knew Jim well note the loyalty, care and love he had for his Brothers. Jim was a superb teacher. He started his teaching at Flaget High School in Louisville.
In Louisville some of the students he had in those early days at Flaget would ask me about Brother Sulpicius twenty-five years after he had left the school. It is my understanding that a group of alumni about to celebrate their 50th anniversary at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood recall Jim with great affection. Jim had them read Brothers Karamazov. Affectionately a group of his students considered Jim to be their Father Zossima, the spiritual leader in the story. These students called themselves as Jim’s Zossimites!
Jim’s leadership was recognized early. His leadership had a very human quality. Jim served as Director of Residents at Saint John’s Prep, as Assistant Principal and Principal at Xavier. He was appointed Vicar Provincial, then elected Provincial of the Northeastern Province. In 1989 Jim was elected Superior General and resided in England from 1989 to 1995 Upon return to the States, he took up residence at his beloved Xavier.
Personally I will always be grateful for Jim’s fraternal care. During a very difficult period in Bolivia, Jim took time to write a very supportive and encouraging letter to me. I first met him in 1989 at the General Chapter.
A man of faith, Jim embraced his cancer with resignation and peace. May Jim experience eternal life with our God of love. Well done good and faithful servants, enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Brother Edward Driscoll, CFX
A wake will be held at the Xavier High School Chapel on Thursday, January 26 from 2-5 PM and again from 6-8 PM.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Pius X Parish, 310 Westfield St., Middletown, CT on Friday, January 27, at 11 AM.
On Saturday, January 28, there will be a viewing beginning at 9:30 AM in the St. John's Preparatory School Chapel, Danvers, MA., followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10 AM.
Burial will follow in the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery on the campus of St. John's.
Biega Funeral Home, Middletown, is in charge of arrangements (http://www.biegafuneralhome.com)