Ephrem Wukitsch, OFM
1911 – 1995
Fr. Ephrem Wukitsch, OFM, was born in Allentown, Pa., on Oct. 13, 1911. He attended St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the Province’s novitiate in 1930 at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J.
He professed simple vows in 1931 and solemn vows in 1934. Fr. Ephrem was ordained a priest in 1937.
For two years after ordination, Fr. Ephrem taught at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. He then went to The Catholic University of America, where he earned his master’s degree and stayed to teach at Sisters College. From 1945 to 1984, he taught at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.
During his many years at Bonaventure, Fr. Ephrem taught in the education department and served in the registrar’s office. He was a reserved teacher and administrator who was a model of charity wherever he ministered.
After retiring in 1984, Fr. Ephrem ministered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Camden, S.C. He retired to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1990.
Fr. Ephrem died there Sept. 16, 1995. He was 83 years old, a professed friar for 64 years and a priest for 58 years.