Colman Dunne, OFM
1907 – 1969
Fr. Colman Dunne, OFM, was born on Nov. 30, 1907 in the Boston suburb of Chelsea. He entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., as a high school student, and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1928, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1932 and was ordained in 1935.
He was first assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, where he worked until he began his studies in classical languages at Columbia University. He then moved to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., where he taught Latin and Greek and served as director of athletics. According to one of his students, “Fr. Colman was one of those persons our generation treasured.”
When World War II began, Fr. Colman volunteered for the United States Army Chaplain Corps, and served in Europe from 1942 to 1945. After the war, he returned to teach at St. Bonaventure until 1955, when he was appointed guardian at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. After completing his term, he served as pastor at St. Elizabeth Parish, Wyckoff, N.J. In 1964, he returned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where he was a popular confessor for priests and people. Fr. Colman was all friar and all priest at all times during his 41 years of service.
He died at St. Clare’s Hospital on Sept. 27, 1969 in New York City. Fr. Colman was 61 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 34 years.