Callistus M. Bamberg, OFM
1934 – 2009
Fr. Callistus Bamberg, OFM, was born Sept. 20, 1934 in Cambridge, Mass., and baptized Robert. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1948. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1954, where he was given the name Callistus. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1958 and was ordained in 1961.
His first assignment was as pastoral associate at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. From 1962 to 1969, he taught mathematics at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, N.Y. Fr. Callistus then taught match at Stang High School in New Dartmouth, Mass., until 1981. While living at Our Lady’s Friary in New Bedford, Mass., he was also an associate at St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I.
Fr. Callistus was accepted to the sabbatical program at the University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1992. Three years later, he became director of St. Francis Chapel in Colonie, N.Y., and resided at the friary at Siena College. In 2004, he retired and moved to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he remained for seven months before transferring to St. Anthony Shrine.
He died on March 12, 2009 at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston. Fr. Callistus was 74 years old, a professed friar for 53 years and a priest for 48 years.