Deceased Friars


Alexius Hillmann, OFM

Alexius Hillmann

1874 – 1946

Br. Alexius Hillmann, OFM, was born on a farm in Clifton, N.J., on July 29, 1874. Hillman Street in Clifton preserves the memory of his family’s 16-acre farm, which was near the present site of Clifton High School.

After three years as a tertiary brother, he was received into the novitiate in 1898 and professed temporary vows the following year. In 1902, Br. Alexius professed solemn vows.

For five years, Br. Alex served in the kitchen at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. When St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., was purchased, he was assigned there to care for the farm. After 13 years in Callicoon, he was transferred to St. Stephen’s Friary in Croghan, N.Y., where he worked the farm as well0.

Br. Alex was a giant in size and strength, and he lifted trunks and pianos with ease. For 22 years, he cared for the farm at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y., and was ever at the beck and call of his fellow friars.

He died Aug. 12, 1946, in Allegany. Br. Alexius was 72 years old and a professed friar for 46 years.

Each of us should be called a lesser brother, a Friar Minor. Each one of us should wash the feet of the others.”

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Alexius Hillmann, OFM

Alexius Hillmann

1874 – 1946

Br. Alexius Hillmann, OFM, was born on a farm in Clifton, N.J., on July 29, 1874. Hillman Street in Clifton preserves the memory of his family’s 16-acre farm, which was near the present site of Clifton High School.

After three years as a tertiary brother, he was received into the novitiate in 1898 and professed temporary vows the following year. In 1902, Br. Alexius professed solemn vows.

For five years, Br. Alex served in the kitchen at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. When St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., was purchased, he was assigned there to care for the farm. After 13 years in Callicoon, he was transferred to St. Stephen’s Friary in Croghan, N.Y., where he worked the farm as well0.

Br. Alex was a giant in size and strength, and he lifted trunks and pianos with ease. For 22 years, he cared for the farm at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y., and was ever at the beck and call of his fellow friars.

He died Aug. 12, 1946, in Allegany. Br. Alexius was 72 years old and a professed friar for 46 years.