David Baier, OFM
1888 – 1967
Fr. David Baier, OFM, was born in Rochester, N.Y., on July 31, 1888. He attended St. Andrew Prep Seminary and St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, and entered the Province’s novitiate in 1911 at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J.
In 1912, he professed his temporary vows and was ordained a priest in South Orange, N.J., in 1913. Fr. David made his profession of solemn vows in 1916.
He went to Catholic University to earn his Master of Arts degree and was assigned to teach at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y. After serving as master of clerics at St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y. and a lector at St. Bonaventure in Paterson, Fr. David went to the University of Munster in Germany where he received his doctoral degree in sacred theology in 1928.
He served as lector, assistant master of clerics, director of brothers and vicar at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany until his assignment to Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. in 1946. Fr. David taught dogma and was guardian of the college until 1952. His Catholic Liturgics was a text used by seminaries for 25 years. He also published many articles in Orate Fratres and The Franciscan.
Fr. David had an outstanding career as a teacher at Holy Name College and died there on Aug. 28, 1967. He was 79 years old, a professed friar for 54 years and a priest for 53 years.