Bartholomew Sweeney, OFM
1905 – 1966
Fr. Bartholomew Sweeney, OFM, was born on Aug. 6, 1905 in Tidioute, Pa. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1938, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Bartholomew made his solemn profession in 1942 and was ordained two years later.
For a short time, he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City before transferring to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he would minister for the remainder of his priesthood. He received a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of the arts degree from St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y.
Fr. Bartholomew served as associate professor of physics at Siena College and co-authored a manual of drawing in 1946. He was respected by his confreres, revered as a confessor, and was a popular instructor of converts during his years at Siena.
He died on Nov. 17, 1966 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, N.Y. Fr. Bartholomew was 61 years old, a professed friar for 27 years and a priest for 22 years.