Joseph Creavey, age 34, of Dillsburg passed to his eternal reward on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Son of John and Suzanne, brother of Michael, Matthew, and Annie, Joe was a 2005 graduate of Northern York High School. After graduation, Joe enlisted in the United States Army as a human intelligence soldier and was assigned to the 7th Cavalry Regiment stationed in El Paso, TX. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was recognized with highest honors by the U.S. Army and various allied forces for his distinguished service during his five years of active duty.
Following an honorable discharge from the Army, Joe sensed a deeper calling to serve Our Lord. He entered seminary formation for the Diocese of Harrisburg in the hopes of one day being ordained to the Catholic priesthood. As a seminarian at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia for six years, Joe continued to distinguish himself through loving service to others, a passion for theology, and heartfelt dedication to God. His pastoral assignments ranged from prison ministry to elementary school teaching. Joe received his bachelor's degree in philosophy with honors and was privileged to give the graduation address to his fellow seminarians in 2018. In recent years, unexpected and rapidly emerging health complications stemming from diabetes prevented him from continuing priestly formation and ultimately led to his passing.
Joe was a beloved soldier, seminarian, son, brother, friend and confidant whose counsel and love was sought by everyone who knew him. He never refused to oblige. Above all, Joe was a child of God who keenly sensed the presence of the Lord in all things and loved more than anything to draw others to that same faithful awareness. He will be deeply missed by countless friends and family, and he is survived by his parents, brothers and sister, sisters-in-law, three nieces, and a nephew on the way.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc., 30 N. Chestnut Street, Dillsburg, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 11:00 am, in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 310 Hertzler Road, Mechanicsburg, PA. Interment with full Military Honors will immediately follow the Service in the Dillsburg Cemetery – Mountain Road, Dillsburg, PA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Aid to the Church in Need. They work tirelessly for persecuted Christians throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Website: https://acninternational.org/ . Joe worked very closely with persecuted Christians in Iraq, and their plight was especially dear to him.
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