David Reddy, OFM
1924 – 1985
Fr. David Reddy, OFM, was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Jan. 12, 1924. An old issue of The Anthonian inspired him to enter St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.
He was received into the Province’s novitiate Aug. 13, 1945, at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed temporary vows Aug. 14, 1946. Fr. David made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1949, and was ordained a priest June 29, 1951.
He spent his first year in ministry at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., and then transferred to Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught algebra, general science and religion until 1965. His devotion to the Boy Scouts of America earned him the rank of Eagle Scout, and he was inaugurated into the Order of the Arrow. He also served as moderator at Bishop Timon for the ham radio club and the chess club.
He pursued doctoral studies in educational administration at the State University of New York in Buffalo. In 1969, he became aware of the need for a priest to serve the people of Easter Island, a possession of Chile, and Fr. David responded in 1970. He worked in Mafil, Chile, for four years as pastor, and then became pastor of Holy Cross Church on Easter Island, where he also served as chaplain for the jail and the leper colony, as well as religion teacher in the local school.
Fr. David was an affable, conscientious and dedicated friar until his death on Easter Island June 6, 1985. He was 61 years old, a professed friar for 38 years and a priest for nearly 34 years.