Adrian Donachie, OFM
1904 – 1979
Fr. Adrian Donachie, OFM, was born May 5, 1904 in Glasgow, Scotland, and emigrated to the United States sometime after grammar school. He worked in New York City as a cab driver and then as a foreman with the Westchester Lighting Company. Two of his brothers became priests and five of his sisters entered religious orders.
At age 28, he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he received the nickname “The Old Buck.” After five years at Callicoon, he was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1937, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Adrian made his solemn profession in 1941 and was ordained in 1943.
After serving at ministries in Denver, the Bronx, N.Y., and Rye Beach, N.H. Fr. Adrian was appointed guardian of the Byzantine-Slavonic community of St. Mary of the Angels in New Canaan, Conn. When he completed his term in New Canaan, he went to the newly opened Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., where he served until his retirement in 1977. He retired to Boston and helped at the Prudential Center’s chapel there four days a week.
He died on Feb. 6, 1979 at Santa Maria Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. Fr. Adrian was 74 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 35 years.