Cletus Glackin, OFM
1896 – 1960
Br. Cletus Glackin, OFM, was born June 2, 1896 in Newburgh, N.Y. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1922 and professed temporary vows one year later.
After his solemn profession in 1926, Br. Cletus served for two years in Paterson. In 1928, he transferred to St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., where he served as switchboard operator in the friary. He was appointed to the St. Bonaventure Post Office in 1933 and two years later became the only Franciscan postmaster in the United States. Br. Cletus served in this capacity for 25 years. A quiet, soft-spoken friar, he took great pride in his work with the postal service.
He died on April 12, 1960 at St. Bonaventure’s Friary. Br. Cletus was 63 years old, a professed friar for 36 years.