Herbert Gallagher, OFM
1897 – 1966
Fr. Herbert Gallagher, OFM, was born July 29, 1897 in Philadelphia. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1913 and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1918. Fr. Herbert professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1922 and was ordained in 1925.
His first assignment was to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City and he served as pastor of St. James Parish, Totowa, N.J., for a short time. In 1928, Fr. Herbert became editor of The Franciscan magazine in Paterson. He also served as Vice Commissary of the Holy Land in Washington, as well as guardian of Holy Name College, Washington, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish. He was appointed pastor and praeses of Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park, N.J. In 1954, Fr. Herbert became a promoter of Friar magazine and in 1961 was appointed guardian of St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.
He died on April 4, 1966 at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City. Fr. Herbert was 68 years old, a professed friar for 46 years and a priest for 40 years.