Canisius Connors, OFM
1908 – 1994
Fr. Canisius Connors, OFM, was born Sept. 23, 1908 in Buffalo, N.Y. He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., as a young man. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1926, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Canisius made his solemn profession in 1930 and was ordained in 1933.
As a young priest, Fr. Canisius taught at the Callicoon seminary for four years. He was then assigned to the faculty at St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., and save for two years at Columbia University, Fr. Canisius spent his Franciscan life at St. Bonaventure. He enjoyed the rare distinction of being an extremely popular teacher who was loved by students. Though a demanding classics professor, he was still considered friendly, helpful and caring by the students.
During World War II, Fr. Canisius coached the freshman basketball team and later served as moderator of athletics until 1974. In 1978, he was named professor emeritus in the classical language department. At the time of his death, he was a valuable translator for the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure.
He died Feb. 17, 1994 at Olean, N.Y., Hospital. Fr. Canisius was 85 years old, a professed friar for 66 years and a priest for 60 years. His younger brother, Fr. Alphonsus Connors, OFM, predeceased him on Nov. 10, 1992.