Daniel Ford, OFM
1916 – 1994
Fr. Daniel Ford, OFM, was born on March 12, 1916 in Roxbury, Mass. He spent one year at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1939. Fr. Daniel professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1943 and was ordained in 1945. He pursued studies in sacred scripture at the Antonianum and the Pontificum Institutum Biblicum in Rome.
He served as director of the tertiary brothers at Rye Beach, N.H., and professor of sacred scripture at Holy Name College, Washington, and Christ the King Seminary, Allegany, N.Y. Fr. Dan was appointed vice-rector at St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y. He also taught sacred scripture at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. Fr. Dan ministered to the Secular Franciscans in Brookline, Mass., Providence, R.I., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
His final days as a friar were spent at Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J., where he died on April 24, 1994. Fr. Dan was 78 years old, a professed friar for 53 years and a priest for 48 years.