Cyril Vey, OFM
1904 – 1983
Br. Cyril Vey, OFM, was born on July 8, 1904 in Poppenhausen, Germany. He became a Franciscan tertiary brother at Gorheim in 1922. In 1926, he was received into the novitiate at Fulda, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1930. One year later, he and a small group of brothers came from Fulda to America, and he was assigned to St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J.
For 46 years, Br. Cyril worked in the tailor shop in Paterson, producing more than 7,000 habits. He was a perfectionist when it came to his work, and he not only made his work a prayer, but was often in the chapel, and lived in the presence of the Lord. He became a member of Holy Name Province in 1954.
Br. Cyril was a quiet person, often singing or humming to himself. He was witty and enjoyed playing practical jokes. Br. Cyril had a warm welcome for all who visited his shop, and his cheerfulness and fidelity influenced 23 years of novices between 1931 and 1955. His entire life was a model of ministry to fraternity.
He died on Nov. 5, 1983 at the Provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y. Br. Cyril was 79 years old, a professed friar for 56 years.