Damian Carney, OFM
1904 – 1961
Br. Damian Carney, OFM, was born on Nov. 13, 1904 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After serving in the United States Navy, he entered the friars as a tertiary in 1933. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1935 and professed temporary vows one year later. Br. Damian made his solemn profession in 1939.
For most of his life, Br. Damian worked as a porter at friaries in New Jersey and New York City. When the Province accepted the Brazilian mission in 1943, he was one of the first volunteers, traveling there with Fr. Paul Seibert, OFM, and the first pioneer group. He lived and worked at the mission’s headquarters in Anapolis, where he served as cook, porter and handyman.
He returned to America in 1945 and served at St. Elisabeth of Hungary Parish in Denver, Holy Name College in Washington, the Academy of American Franciscan History in Bethesda, Md., and Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx, N.Y.
He died at the House of Calvary in the Bronx on Sept. 26, 1961. Br. Damian was 56 years old, a professed friar for 25 years.