Eugene Dudley, OFM
1929 – 1977
Fr. Eugene (Gordian) Dudley, OFM, was born Feb. 23, 1929 in Philadelphia. He studied for two years at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1950. His novitiate class was the largest in the history of Holy Name Province. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1954 and was ordained in 1956.
As a young priest, Fr. Eugene taught at Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y., before joining the Province’s Mission Band in 1963. He later became director of religious education at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., where he built a strong adult education program. He went to Denver in 1972 to direct the planning of the new interfaith campus ministry center. Fr. Eugene became guardian of St. Elizabeth Friary and the campus ministry center was on its way to full-scale operations when he became ill.
He died Feb. 17, 1977 in Denver. Fr. Eugene was 47 years old, a professed friar for 25 years and a priest for 20 years. He was the nephew of Fr. Benedict Dudley, OFM.