Emmett Barrett, OFM
1928 – 2001
Fr. Emmett Barrett, OFM, was born on Jan. 14, 1928 in Brookline, Mass. In 1944, he entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y. He was received into the Order at the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1949 and professed temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1953 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1955.
His first assignment was to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he served as an instructor in the arts division until his acceptance as a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. He spent six years at Columbia, earning a master’s degree in classical languages and completing much of the course work needed for a doctorate degree.
In 1965, Fr. Emmett returned to Siena for another 19 years until he retired from teaching in 1984. He ministered at St. Anthony’s Guild before he retired in 1990.
He died on Oct. 22, 2001 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. Fr. Emmett was 73 years old, a professed friar for 51 years and a priest for 46 years.