Daniel Wilson, OFM
1903 – 1976
Br. Daniel Wilson, OFM, was born on Dec. 21, 1903 in Philadelphia. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1935, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1939.
His longest assignment was at Holy Name College, where he served the community for 22 years as carpenter, plumber, electrician and chauffeur. Br. Dan’s faith-centered life and service inspired many classes of formation students, who came to know and respect him during those two decades.
In 1955, Br. Dan was assigned to St. Francis Friary in New York City for three years, and then to St. Francis Friary in Providence, R.I., where he served for five years. In 1963, he was assigned to Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, N.Y. The final seven years of his life were devoted to care of the Province’s house in Margate, N.J. His warmth, kindness and prayerfulness marked his life and work in Holy Name Province.
He died on Dec. 12, 1976 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Margate. Br. Daniel was nearly 73 years old, a professed friar for 40 years.