Cassian Kirk, OFM
1906 – 1986
Fr. Cassian Kirk, OFM, was born Sept. 3, 1906 in Narrowsburg, N.Y. In 1919, he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in nearby Callicoon, N.Y. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1925 and professed in 1926. Fr. Cassian made his solemn profession in 1929 and was ordained in 1932.
Following ordination, he was assigned as master of clerics at St. Stephen Friary, Croghan, N.Y. After four years at St. Bonaventure Seminary, Allegany, N.Y., he pursued studies in English literature at Columbia University in New York City. In 1946, he transferred to St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, serving for nine years as rector and six as guardian. He was twice elected to serve as a Provincial Councilor, and in 1955 was named assistant director of St. Anthony’s Guild.
Fr. Cassian was called by the General Minister to serve as General Visitor to St. John the Baptist Province, Assumption Province and the Commissariat of the Holy Land. From 1963 to 1983, he continued his ministry at the guild and fostered the Apostolate of the Way of the Cross.
He died on Jan. 18, 1986 at the Provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure University. Fr. Cassian was 79 years old, a professed friar for 59 years and a priest for 53 years.