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The Reilly family has been a part of the CBC community for more than 114 years. The school holds a very special place in the heart of all the Reilly men and perhaps the passion was strongest with class of 1945 graduate, Monsignor Edward W. Reilly. Sadly, Msgr. Reilly passed away late last year. We recently spoke with Msgr. Reilly's brother, Dr. Richard L. Reilly '49, about his family's history at the school and his brother's love for CBC.
The Reilly legacy dates back to the year 1900 when Msgr. Reilly's father, Edward P. Reilly, and uncles, John H. Reilly and Lawrence Reilly first stepped foot onto CBC's second campus on Kingshighway and Easton St. All three brothers were excellent soccer players and, after high school, all saw combat in WWI. During the war Lawrence Reilly played with a national team that toured Europe.
Dr. Reilly explains that the order and regiment CBC taught young men prepared his father and uncles for any task. "CBC had a great impact on all of the Reilly men, academically and in athletics. ROTC was one of the reasons my father and his brothers wanted to be at CBC. It was really something for my father to put on that uniform," Dr. Reilly stated.
Msgr. Reilly was born May 28, 1927 in University City, MO. Just like his father and uncles, he attended CBC in 1941. Msgr. Reilly's time here was spent with his cousin, Major Donald Reilly, and was preceded by his brothers Dr. Richard L. Reilly, Reverend F. Joseph Reilly, and John L. Reilly who attended between 1945-1959.
"Sports and academics were always important to all of us. My brother, Msgr. Reilly, held a track record at CBC for over ten years in the 800-meters. Back then varsity letters were something we took great pride in," said Dr. Reilly.
The successes of his track and field days at CBC earned Msgr. Reilly a scholarship to St. Benedict's College in Kansas City, MO, but prior to leaving for college Msgr. Reilly was drafted into the Navy during World War II.
After his military service and one year at St. Benedicts Msgr. Reilly chose to follow God's call to a life in the priesthood and he entered the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in 1948.
"He (Msgr. Reilly) just loved helping people. He spent so many years of his life devoted to God. There was always a bright look on his face, he loved to teach," Dr. Reilly recalled.
He was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis by Archbishop Joseph Ritter in 1954. From 1954 to 1976 he served as an assistant pastor in parishes throughout St. Louis. During this time he continued his education, earning a Doctorate in Sociology from St. Louis University in 1970.
He was named Prelate of Honor with title of Monsignor in 1982 goal he had worked toward for many years. He was appointed Pastor of Mary Mother of the Church in 1990 and served there until his retirement in 2009. After retiring, Msgr. Reilly resided at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, until suffering a major stroke in 2011. He then moved to Mother of Good Counsel Home where he lived under the loving care of the nuns and staff till he passed. He continued to inspire others and share God's love to his final days.
Msgr. Reilly's passionate love for CBC will be carried on through his family's legacy. In 1988 Msgr. Reilly was inducted in to the CBC Hall of Fame for his outstanding performance in the classroom, and on the field and track. Until his death, seven varsity letters from his days at CBC were proudly displayed above his bed.
CBC was a special place for all the Reilly men and Msgr. Reilly felt it was his duty to give back to alma mater. As a member of CBC's Signum Fidei Society, Msgr. Reilly remembered CBC by listing the school as the sole beneficiary in his will.
The Reilly family is a prime example of how CBC prepares young men for college and for life.
Dr. Reilly will always remembers the special bond forged through his family's years at CBC.
"We're getting old, but CBC has had a great impact on our family. With our athletics and religious showing, I hope our legacy will be carried on forever."