Bernard Behan, OFM
1901 – 1976
Br. Bernard Behan, OFM, was born in New York City on Aug. 3, 1901. He graduated from the Merchants and Bankers Business School in 1920, and for 15 years worked as a legal secretary, salesman, and real estate broker.
After the death of his mother in 1935, he became a tertiary brother at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. He was received into the Province’s novitiate in 1937 at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed his temporary vows a year later. In 1941, He professed his solemn vows.
During his years as a professed friar, Br. Bernard served as secretary-treasurer of the provincial mission band. He executed his responsibilities with quiet efficiency at St. Francis Church 1938 to 1946, at Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx from 1947 to 1955, and again at St. Francis from 1956 until his death.
As a novice, Br. Bernard typed the manuscript of Life of Christ by Fr. Isidore O’Brien, OFM, and later served Fr. Mathias Faust, OFM, when he was appointed general delegate of North America.
Br. Bernard died in St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City on Aug. 2, 1976. He was one day short of his 75th birthday and a professed friar for almost 38 years.