Gregory Carr, OFM
1884 – 1940
Fr. Gregory Carr, OFM, was born on Aug. 23, 1884 in South Boston, Mass. As a student at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y., he won the Elmira Oratorical Contest with a speech on “The Negro and the Franchise.” He graduated from St. Bonaventure College, and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1905, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1909 and was ordained in 1911.
He earned a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1914, and returned to St. Bonaventure College, where he taught Latin, civics, sociology, and French until the beginning of World War I. Fr. Gregory entered the United States Army as a military chaplain and served overseas, caring for the spiritual needs of the servicemen. After the war, he became a member of the Province’s Mission Band and preached parish missions and retreats.
He died on Oct. 20, 1940 at St. Anthony Hospital in Woodhaven, N.Y. Fr. Gregory was 56 years old, a professed friar for 34 years and a priest for 29 years.