Cornelius Conti, OFM
1933 – 2010
Fr. Cornelius Conti, OFM, was born on May 30, 1933 in Erie, Pa., and baptized Charles. He received his bachelor’s degree from Gannon College in 1954 before entering the Order. He was received into the Order in 1956 at St. Raphael’s Novitiate, Lafayette, N.J., professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Cornelius made his solemn profession in 1960 and was ordained in 1962.
From 1963 to 1964, Fr. Cornelius served as assistant registrar at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. He then served as a guidance counselor at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, N.Y. From 1968 to 1972, he served in the admissions office at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y. For the next four years, he assisted with the Franciscan Youth Apostolate at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City.
He then served as vicar at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in the Bronx, N.Y. From 1981 to 1983, Fr. Cornelius served as associate at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. He served as vicar at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City for one year before ministering as vicar at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Kingston, Jamaica.
After returning to the United States, Fr. Cornelius served at St. Anthony Shrine for four years. For 1992 to 1993, he was coordinator of athletics at St. Bonaventure. He then ministered as pastor at Our Lady of the Angels Parish and served at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford, Conn. He retired to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., and in 2010, transferred to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J.
He died on Nov. 14, 2010 at Holy Name Friary. Fr. Cornelius was 77 years old, a professed friar for 53 years, and a priest for 48 years.