Henry Sharp, OFM
1916 – 1983
Fr. Henry Sharp, OFM, was born Nov. 15, 1916 in New York City. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1936, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Henry made his solemn profession in 1940 and was ordained in 1942.
His active ministry can be divided into two periods: 13 years spent in the missions and the remaining years stateside at Holy Cross Parish, the Bronx, N.Y., and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City. Fr. Henry was among the group of nine friars who, in 1943, volunteered to assist the Mexican provinces. He worked in Mexico City and also served for two years in the Province’s mission in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
After returning to the United States, he served at Holy Cross Parish before moving to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where he ministered for 16 years. Fr. Henry was a popular confessor and worked for many years as a chaplain for the Franciscan Pilgrimages. In 1980, illness forced him to retire to the Provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y.
He died there on March 19, 1983. Fr. Henry was 66 years old, a professed friar for 45 years and a priest for 40 years.