Eugene Honan, OFM
1913 – 1981
Fr. Eugene Honan, OFM, was born in Winthrop, Mass., on Oct. 23, 1913. As a young man, he worked as a mechanic at his father’s gas station. In 1936, he entered the Trappists in Rhode Island, but after three years ill health forced him to return home. He attended Boston College for two years, and then completed his college education at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y.
Fr. Eugene entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1944 and professed temporary vows the following year. He made his profession of solemn vows in 1948 and was ordained a priest in 1949.
Fr. Eugene’s early ministry included time at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City and St. Elizabeth’s Friary in Denver. He then took charge of the brothers’ training program at St. Stephen’s Friary in Croghan, N.Y., also serving the mission of St. Ann’s in Castorland.
In 1957, he volunteered for the Province’s mission in Bolivia. Fr. Eugene served for 14 years in Bolivia and returned to the Province to become a promoter for the Franciscan Missionary Union. He served at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston where he organized Sisters’ Days of Recollection and cared for many religious in the Boston area. In 1976, Fr. Eugene was appointed guardian of St. Anthony Residence in Boston, the position he held at the time of his death.
Fr. Eugene was a friar who saw the “hand of God” in every phase of his life. He was graced with the gift of work and his prayerfulness enhanced his entire ministry as a friar.
He died in Carney Hospital, Dorchester, Mass., on Aug. 11, 1981. Fr. Eugene was 67 years old, a professed friar for almost 36 years and a priest for 32 years.