Emmanuel Guay, OFM
1931 – 1964
Br. Emmanuel Guay, OFM, was born in Paterson, N.J., on July 15, 1931. In 1950, he was received as a tertiary brother at St. Francis College in Rye Beach, N.H.
He entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1952 and professed temporary vows the following year. In 1956, Br. Emmanuel professed solemn profession vows.
Br. Emmanuel’s early assignments were to St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., and St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., as secretary in the Vocation Office.
He impressed the friar community and the seminarians with his sense of balance, a quiet joyful presence and his ever ready willingness to help anyone who approached him. In 1962, he was allowed to go to Bolivia as a missionary, and his short time in the mission was marked by enthusiasm, generosity and caring for the friars.
Death came suddenly and tragically to Br. Emmanuel on Aug. 22, 1964, when the plane taking him from La Paz to Tipuani crashed in a fog on the side of Huayna Potosi range of the Andes in Bolivia. He was 33 years old and a professed friar for 11 years. Br. Emmanuel is buried in Coroico.