Deceased Friars


Blaise Hamaday, OFM

Blaise Hamaday

1942 – 1922

Fr. Blaise Hamaday, OFM, was born on Aug. 17, 1942 in Philadelphia. After his elementary and secondary schooling at St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s in Conshohocken, Pa., he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., in 1960. He was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael’s Friary in Lafayette, N.J., in 1962, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1966 and was ordained in 1968.

After his ordination, Fr. Blaise went to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, where he spent his entire priestly life. He remained in one ministry and did many things well. Fr. Blaise loved the parish and parishioners with a passion, and served them faithfully. He began the Franciscan youth apostolate, and was a regular for daily Mass, parlor, and confessional duty. Fr. Blaise was a popular preacher of novenas and devotions, and for years conducted the weekly holy hour. He had a feel for both the traditional devotions of the Church as well as the new approaches to ministry, which he supported.

During the final years of his active ministry, Fr. Blaise was devoted to serving alienated Catholics, and was instrumental in the return of many to the sacraments. A wounded healer himself, he knew how to touch the hearts of those in pain.

He was vicar of the community at the time of his death on Dec. 23, 1992 at N.Y.U. Medical Center. Fr. Blaise was 50 years old, a professed friar for 29 years, and a priest for 24 years.

Each of us should be called a lesser brother, a Friar Minor. Each one of us should wash the feet of the others.”

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Blaise Hamaday, OFM

Blaise Hamaday

1942 – 1922

Fr. Blaise Hamaday, OFM, was born on Aug. 17, 1942 in Philadelphia. After his elementary and secondary schooling at St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s in Conshohocken, Pa., he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., in 1960. He was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael’s Friary in Lafayette, N.J., in 1962, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1966 and was ordained in 1968.

After his ordination, Fr. Blaise went to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, where he spent his entire priestly life. He remained in one ministry and did many things well. Fr. Blaise loved the parish and parishioners with a passion, and served them faithfully. He began the Franciscan youth apostolate, and was a regular for daily Mass, parlor, and confessional duty. Fr. Blaise was a popular preacher of novenas and devotions, and for years conducted the weekly holy hour. He had a feel for both the traditional devotions of the Church as well as the new approaches to ministry, which he supported.

During the final years of his active ministry, Fr. Blaise was devoted to serving alienated Catholics, and was instrumental in the return of many to the sacraments. A wounded healer himself, he knew how to touch the hearts of those in pain.

He was vicar of the community at the time of his death on Dec. 23, 1992 at N.Y.U. Medical Center. Fr. Blaise was 50 years old, a professed friar for 29 years, and a priest for 24 years.