Conall Hart, OFM
1921 – 1980
Fr. Conall Hart, OFM, was born on Sept. 22, 1921, in Scranton, Pa. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 12, 1942.
He professed temporary vows Aug. 13, 1943, and made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1946. Fr. Conall was ordained a priest June 12, 1948.
After ordination he was assigned to Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught until 1956. While at Timon, Fr. Conall began to work with the deaf at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. He studied at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., and received a master’s degree in education from St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.
In 1956, he joined the faculty of Christ the King Seminary where he taught for nine years. In 1965, Fr. Conall was transferred to Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and continued his work with the deaf, becoming full-time director of activities for the deaf in the Diocese of Albany in 1968.
When St. Francis Chapel opened at the Colonie Mall in Providence, R.I., Fr. Conall served on the staff. His final years of ministry were spent at Christ House, the House of Prayer in Warwick, N.J., and the Retreat Center in Tampa, Fla.
He returned to Paterson to continue his retreat ministry on June 15, 1980, and died four days later in St. Joseph Hospital on June 19, 1980. He was 58 years old, a professed friar for 36 years and a priest for 32 years.