Angelus DeMarco, OFM
1916 – 1984
Fr. Angelus DeMarco, OFM, was born in Philadelphia on March 11, 1916. After one year at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1934.
In 1935, he professed his temporary vows and made his profession of solemn vows in 1938. Fr. Angelus was ordained a priest in 1941. He studied liturgical music at Pius X School at Manhattanville College.
Fr. Angelus’ first assignment was to the seminary in Callicoon where he taught Latin, German and music. He also cared for St. Francis Church in Youngsville, N.Y. After nine years in Callicoon, Fr. Angelus went to Notre Dame University to study music and liturgy. From there he proceeded to the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.
After receiving his master’s and master of arts in liturgy degrees, Fr. Angelus was assigned to teach at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. He continued his studies at Catholic University and received his doctorate in sacred theology in 1960. He joined the faculty of Catholic University and continued to teach at Holy Name College.
After 22 years in the academic world, Fr. Angelus entered parish ministry at St. Catherine’s in Ringwood, N.J. There, he built a new friary and parish hall, reduced the parish debt and established the first parish council in the Diocese of Paterson. After six years in Ringwood, Fr. Angelus was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Va., where he reopened the parish school, raised the funds, built a new church and paid off the parish debt.
Fr. Angelus was a friar who had the ability to get things done. He had boundless energy and his ministry in education and parish work was effective.
He died Aug. 15, 1984, at the Hospice of Northern Virginia in Arlington. Fr. Angelus was 68 years old, a professed friar for almost 49 years and a priest for 43 years.