CANAAN – Father Brian E. Jeffries, 68, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Norfolk and St. Joseph Parish in Canaan, died on Sept. 11, 2013, after a short illness.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1945, in Hartford, a son of Eileen Teresa (Moynihan) and Ben Eldred Jeffries.
He graduated from Bennet Junior High School and Manchester High School, and cum laude in 1968 from St. Michael College in Winooski, Vt. He then prepared for the priesthood at St. John Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he was prefect from 1972-73.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1973, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Archbishop John F. Whealon.
Father Jeffries first served in 1973 as assistant pastor at St. Paul Parish in Kensington. He was co-pastor at St. Rose in Meriden from 1979-89, when he was appointed as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Collinsville. On Sept. 27, 1995, he became administrator of St. Augustine Parish in Seymour, and was appointed as pastor there the next year.
Father Jeffries became pastor of St. Joseph and Immaculate Conception in January 2008, and months later also became chaplain for the Connecticut State Police.
He is survived by his sisters, MaryEllen Bigham of Loveladies, N.J., and AnnLouise Barrick of Stem, N.C.; and brothers, Jonathan Jeffries of New York City and Michael Jeffries of New Providence, N.J.; many nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
A parish Mass was celebrated on Sept. 15 at Immaculate Conception Church. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Sept. 16 at St. Joseph Church.
Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.