Bernardine Bidinger, OFM
1864 – 1937
Fr. Bernardine Bidinger, OFM, was born March 20, 1864 in Lyons Falls, N.Y. A student in the old Latin school in Croghan, N.Y., he entered the novitiate in 1881, in the first class of American men to be received. He professed temporary vows in 1882, made his solemn profession in 1885 and was ordained in 1888.
He was superior in Obernburg, N.Y., when the preparatory seminary was there in 1897 and pastor at St. Stephen Parish, Croghan, N.Y., when the town burned down in 1902. Fr. Bernardine also served at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Denver and other ministries of the Province. One of his longest assignments was at Mount Saint Sepulchre, Washington, where he served as both vice-commissary and commissary.
He died Feb. 20, 1937 in Paterson, N.J. Fr. Bernardine was 72 years old, a professed friar for 54 years and a priest for 48 years.