Father Devine Celebrates 50 Years As Priest
Devine entered Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, Long Island in 1954 and was ordained a priest on May 28, 1960. He was assigned as an assistant at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Bayside, Queens.
In 1978, Father Devine was appointed Pastor of St. Rose of Lima in Rockaway Beach, bringing him back to the place in which he grew up.
In October of 1988, Father Devine was appointed the full time Chaplain to Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Father Devine said his experience as a chaplain in the airport was interesting because JFK put the Protestant church, synagogue and chapel all side by side.
In 1995, Father Devine was appointed one of the first Port Authority Police Chaplains. He experienced the tragic aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Father Devine retired in 2006, but still serves as Chaplain to many organizations including the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach.
“Becoming Chaplain was an honor because it was the late Monsignor Burke that wanted me to fill the position and that’s a tremendous honor,” he said.