Edgar Barrett, OFM
1902 – 1968
Fr. Edgar Barrett, OFM, was born Aug. 10, 1902 in Philadelphia. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1920, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1924 and was ordained in 1927.
His early assignments were to New Jersey parishes, including Elmwood Park, East Paterson, East Rutherford and Wood-Ridge. Fr. Edgar served as vicar at St. Joseph Parish in East Rutherford for nine years, building the school and convent there. Later, he went to St. Joseph Parish in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where he served as vicar and cared for the St. Jude mission in Mountain Top, Pa., until 1950.
After two years at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, Fr. Edgar became chaplain of St. Francis Hospital in Miami Beach, Fla., ministering there until 1966. He returned to St. Francis Parish for a short time before moving to the Provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure’s College, Allegany, N.Y.
He died on April 2, 1968 at St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y. Fr. Edgar was 65 years old, a professed friar for 46 years and a priest for 40 years.