Aurelius Loop, OFM
1909 – 1992
Fr. Aurelius Loop, OFM, was born on Sept. 20, 1909 in Avoca, N.Y., and was baptized Francis. He attended Alfred, N.Y., University, studied philosophy at Niagara, N.Y., University, and received his master’s degree from Columbia University, New York City. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.Y., in 1930, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1934 and was ordained in 1935.
His first assignments were at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City. In 1937, Fr. Aurelius was assigned to St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., as a chemistry professor. He remained there for the rest of his life, serving in a variety of positions, including a full professor of chemistry, registrar and dean of studies. In 1952, Fr. Aurelius was appointed vice president for business and finance, a position he held until 1967. He also become administrator of St. Pacificus Parish in Humphrey, N.Y., where he served as pastor for 35 years. Fr. Aurelius founded the Alcoholics Anonymous chapter for the Olean, N.Y., area, and served until his final days as director of the Secular Franciscans at St. Bonaventure.
He died on Oct. 17, 1992 at the college. Fr. Aurelius was 83 years old, a professed friar for 61 years and a priest for 57 years.