Conradin Rellinger, OFM
1909 – 1970
Fr. Conradin Rellinger, OFM, was born on April 21, 1909 in Buffalo, N.Y. After high school, he studied at Seton Hall College and Creighton University before entering the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1930. He professed temporary vows one year later, and continued his studies in Croghan, N.Y., Butler, N.J., and Washington. While in Washington, he became ill and was sent to Denver for recuperation. He made his solemn profession in 1934 and was ordained in 1937.
He served in parish ministry for the greater part of his life, ministering in parishes in Allegany, N.Y., Buffalo, Butler, Denver, Paterson, and Winsted, Conn. From 1952 to 1955, Fr. Conradin served with the Province’s Mission Band. He returned to parish ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., from 1957 to 1962. For the next eight years, he served at St. Joseph’s Parish in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and as auxiliary chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
He died on Nov. 10, 1970 in Allegany. Fr. Conradin was 61 years old, a professed friar for 39 years and a priest for 33 years.