Biography of Rev. Joseph Carey

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92



REV. JOSEPH CAREY, S.T.D., rector of Bethesda Episcopal Church of Saratoga, was born in New York city, December 23, 1839, being the second son of Robert and Ellen (Gordon) Carey. He was prepared for college in Newburgh Academy, and in 1859 entered St. Stephen's College at Annandale, Dutchess county, where he was graduated with high honor with the class of 1861. This college, it will be remembered, was founded by Bishop Horatio Potter of New York, who was Dr. Carey's spiritual adviser. In 1861, after his graduation, Dr. Carey entered the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, in New York city, where he remained for three years, and became one of the most proficient Hebrew scholars in his class, being nominated to succeed Dr. George H. Houghton as professor of Hebrew.

On July 3, 1864, he was ordained a deacon in Calvary Church, New York, by Bishop Potter, and after three months' service with the present Bishop Seymour of Springfield, then rector of St. John's Church, Brooklyn, he became, in October, 1864, rector of Grace Church, Waterford, where he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Potter, February 23, 1865. The church at Waterford was greatly strengthened during his rectorship, and he also helped to maintain a mission in the village of Crescent. At the end-of four years of zealous work he accepted a call from Christ church, Baliston Spa, N. Y., and in October, 1868, succeeded Rev. Dr. George Worthington, present bishop of Nebraska, as pastor of that parish. Here he exhibited the same energy that had characterized his work at Waterford, and under his charge the parish grew rapidly. He was instrumental in securing the old armory for church purposes, and carried on a successful mission a few miles west of the village, besides giving occasional services at Factory Village and in the Cullen district.

After five years of labor at Christ Church Dr. Carey accepted a call to the church of his present charge. His rectorship dates from Advent Sunday, November 30, 1873. He has repeatedly declined calls from prominent parishes from love of his flock, and his labors have been highly appreciated. During the summer season his church is largely attended by the prominent church people of the land, many of whom have shown a deep interest in his labors.

As a preacher he has a masterly style, his chief charm being a ready flow of language. He may be considered a conservative high churchman, and while holding fast to the great Catholic truths, is sympathetic-broadly so-with all. He is an indefatigable worker, has a pleasant word for every one, and when needed, visits the sick and afflicted, no matter what their condition in life.

He is a trustee of St. Stephen's College, represents the diocese at Albany, as diocesan trustee of the General Theological Seminary, and is archdeacon of the Archdeaconry of Troy, and the trusted friend and assistant of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Doane, bishop of Albany. He was a delegate to the General Convention in 1886 at Chicago, and in 1889 at New York, where he was appointed as one of the five delegates to represent the Church in the United States in the Provincial Synod of Canada of that year. In 1892 he was a deputy to the Baltimore General Convention, where he was put on the joint commission of five bishops and five presbyters that was appointed on the "Marginal Readings of the Bible." He was also a deputy to the Convention of 1895, in Minneapolis, Minn., and to that of 1898 in Washington, D. C.

Dr. Carey received his degree of M. A. from St. Stephen's College, which, in 1878, in recognition of his ability, learning and valuable services in the ministry, conferred the degree of D.D. upon him. He is a linguist of much ability; a proficient Hebrew scholar; and has given to the press essays and sermons which have brought him before the public as a literary scholar of note. His essay, "The Hebrew Names of God," and his sermons, "The True Knight," "Two Masters," and the "Death of Garfield," have been justly called masterly efforts.

Dr. Carey has transformed Bethesda church into one of the handsomest and most completely furnished churches in the State of New York. He conducts weekly mission services at the mission chapel on Catherine street; the Home of the Good Shepherd on State street; and the parish house on Washington street.

In politics he is non-partisan. He is a Knight Templar Free Mason, chaplain of the Citizens' Corps, and holds other positions of honor.

October 3, 1865, he married Catharine North Guion, only daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Tompkins Guion, D. D., rector of St. John's Church, Brooklyn. Of this union are one son and five daughters: Catharine Guion, Ellen Seymour, who died in November, 1897, Mrs. Cornelia Enos Brunette (married in 1895), Mary Alice, Edith Ellison and Joseph Gordon Carey.

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