Ernest Sheehan, OFM
1901 – 1949
Fr. Ernest Sheehan, OFM, was born on June 22, 1901 in Boston. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1921. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1925 and was ordained in 1928.
For seven years, he did parish ministry in Croghan, N.Y., Totowa, N.J., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In 1935, Fr. Ernest became dean of discipline and treasurer at St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y. During World War II, he served as an Army Chaplain in the European, African and Middle East theatres of war. He returned to St. Bonaventure College, where he taught until his death.
He died there on March 14, 1949. Fr. Ernest was 47 years old, a professed friar for 26 years and a priest for 20 years.