Dominic Finneran, OFM
1918 – 2013
Br. Dominic Finneran, OFM, was born on Sept. 13 1918 in Brookline, Mass. He attended St. Aidan’s grammar school and high school, graduating in 1937. Because he was familiar with the friars at St. Francis Retreat House in Brookline, he felt the call to join them during high school.
He was received as a tertiary brother in 1937 at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. He spent the following year as a housekeeper at St. Francis Friary in New York City. In 1938, he was received into the novitiate in Paterson and professed first vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1942.
Br. Dominic’s first assignment was to St. Joseph’s Friary in East Rutherford, N.J., as factotum, or “jack of all trades,” for one year. In 1944, he went to St. Bonaventure Friary in the same role. He was transferred to St. Bernardine of Siena Friary, Loudonville, N.Y., in 1945. While there, he served as sacristan and general assistant.
Seven years later, Br. Dominic returned to St. Francis Friary in New York City, where he worked in the sacristy until 1956, after which he returned to Siena for another two years.
After two decades in New York and New Jersey, he returned to his native Massachusetts in 1958, where he spent the rest of his life. He was first assigned to St. Francis Friary in his hometown of Brookline from 1958 to 1971. He served there as sacristan and maintenance man before moving downtown to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, where he worked faithfully in the sacristy for the remainder of his active ministry.
Though Br. Dominic could not always see clearly around him — he had an impaired sense of vision due to Albinism — he could always see Christ in others. He was dedicated to his work and to his friar family.
He died on Sept. 16, 2013 at Marian Manor in South Boston, Mass. Br. Dominic was 95 years old, a professed Franciscan friar for 74 years.