Conon Mitchell, OFM
1920 – 1980
Fr. Conon Mitchell, OFM, was born on May 16, 1920 in New York City. The family moved to Clason Point in the Bronx, N.Y., where he attended Holy Cross Parish and met the friars. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1942, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1946 and was ordained in 1948.
His entire ministerial life was spent in education at Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo, N.Y., and St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y. Fr. Conon served as head of the theology department and, for several years, was university chaplain at SBU. He continued his history studies under Fr. Roderick Wheeler, OFM, and eventually became a professor of Latin American history. Fr. Conon also served as vicar at St. Bonaventure for 11 years.
He died on March 5, 1980 at St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y. Fr. Conon was 59 years old, a professed friar for 36 years and a priest for 31 years.