Brian D. Linehan, OFM
1923 – 2011
Fr. Brian Linehan, OFM, was born July 31, 1923 in the Bronx, N.Y. He attended St. Augustine Elementary School in the Bronx and Stuyvesant High School in New York City, graduating in 1941. Fr. Brian served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and then worked as a policeman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before discerning a religious vocation.
He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1958 and was received into the Order in 1960. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1964 and was ordained in 1967.
Fr. Brian briefly ministered in Brazil in 1968 before he began a six-year stint as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City. While there, he initiated two major projects — the St. Francis Bookstore and the adult education program. In 1974, he was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City, also serving as procurator of the friary there.
In 1976, Fr. Brian began three decades of dedicated service to parish ministry in northern New Jersey, joining the team ministry at St. Joseph Church in East Rutherford. After six years there, he took a sabbatical year, living with the Berakah Community at Annunciation Parish in Paramus while studying at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington. At the end of his sabbatical, he continued to live with the community there while serving as parochial vicar at Annunication Parish. In 1984, he returned to St. Joseph’s as parochial vicar.
Four years later, Fr. Brian was named procurator of Holy Name College, Silver Spring, Md. He stayed there for a year before returning to New Jersey, ministering as parochial vicar at Holy Angels Parish, Little Falls from 1989 to 1992, St. Leo’s Parish in Elmwood Park from 1992 to 1996, and again at St. Joseph’s in 1996. He retired in 2005 to Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J., where he and the late Fr. Robert Nee, OFM, became involved in presenting a religious education program for adults with special needs in that region.
He died on April 19, 2011 at Holy Name Friary. Fr. Brian was 87 years old, a professed Franciscan friar for 49 years and a priest for 44 years.