Barnabas Abele, OFM
1904 – 1984
Fr. Barnabas Abele, OFM, was born Aug. 21, 1904 in Johnstown, Pa. He graduated from St. Bonaventure’s College, Allegany, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1930. Fr. Barnabas professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1934 and was ordained in 1935.
After earning his bachelor’s and master’s in library science from Columbia University, he was assigned to St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., as a teacher of literature and as the seminary’s librarian. From 1948 to 1950, Fr. Barnabas was stationed at Holy Name College in Washington, and in 1950, he went to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he played an important role in the building of the Jerome Dawson Memorial Library, which opened in 1955. He was appointed to the College Librarian Advisory Board by the New York State Regents.
He died on April 11, 1984 in Albuquerque, N.M. Fr. Barnabas was 79 years old, a professed friar for 52 years and a priest for 49 years.