Celestine Bittenbender, OFM
1899 – 1974
Fr. Celestine Bittenbender, OFM, was born in Locust Gap, Pa., on Oct. 21, 1899. He entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1921.
In 1922, he professed temporary vows and made his profession of solemn in 1925. Fr. Celestine and was ordained a priest in 1928.
He died Aug. 17, 1974, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was 74 years old, a professed friar for 52 years and a priest for 46 years.