Giles Walsh, OFM
1918 – 1985
Br. Giles Walsh, OFM, was born Dec. 19, 1918 in Charlestown, Mass. As a young man, he joined the Merchant Marine and traveled extensively as a seaman during World War II. He remained in the service until 1947, after which he began working in the Boston area. Br. Giles attended daily Mass at St. Anthony Shrine and the influence of the friars resulted in his entering the Order in 1955 as a tertiary brother. He was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael Friary, Lafayette, N.J., in 1957, professing temporary vows one year later. Br. Giles made his solemn profession in 1961.
From 1961 to 1969, Br. Giles labored in Coroico, Bolivia. He worked for the friars, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and the Poor Clares during his years there. Ill health forced his return to the United States, where he lived and worked at St. Raphael Friary, St. Francis Friary, Rye Beach, N.H., and St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I., where he cared for the boilers. A conscientious friar, Br. Giles was friendly and prayerful, and worked hard to use his many talents for the good of the community.
He died on March 8, 1985 at Rhode Island Hospital. Br. Giles was 66 years old, a professed friar for 26 years.