Florent Long, OFM
1914 – 1996
Fr. Florent Long, OFM, was born Sept. 2, 1914 in Fort Kent, Maine. He went to the seraphic seminary in Canada and studied for two years at Ottawa University. Fr. Florent was received into the Order in 1936 and professed temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1940 and was ordained in 1942.
His first two assignments were to Paterson, N.J., and Brookline, Mass. He taught French at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., for just over three years and remained a member of the friar community there for 17 years. During that time, he gave conferences to the Poor Clares, acted as confessor to priests in the Albany diocese and translated some French manuscripts. He subsequently returned to Brookline for seven years and was stationed at St. Anthony Parish, Butler, N.J., for one year. In 1971, Fr. Florent went to live with his sister in West Warwick, R.I., and when she sold the house, moved to a residence close to the family.
He died on April 27, 1996 in Kent County Hospital, Warwick, R.I. Fr. Florent was 81 years old, a professed friar for 58 years and a priest for 53 years.