Honorius Santoriello, OFM
1926 – 1964
Fr. Honorius Santoriello, OFM, was born in New York City April 15, 1926. After two years at Brooklyn College he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and received the habit from Fr. Thomas Plassmann, OFM, at St. Bonaventure Church, Paterson, N.J., on Aug. 12, 1949. He professed temporary vows on Aug. 14, 1950, and made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1953.
Fr. Honorius was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop (later Cardinal) Amleto Cicognani on June 9, 1955, at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C. His first assignment was to the Western Mission Band, and he was stationed at St. Elizabeth Friary in Denver.
He was the first priest of Holy Name Province to volunteer a period of service in the Holy Land, and was only there a few months when he died suddenly. Earlier in the day, he had visited Mount Olivet with the intention of celebrating the solemnity of the Ascension there. He was preparing to give retreats and missions in the Holy Land, and on Good Friday had preached the English sermon on Mount Calvary.
Fr. Honorius died May 6, 1964. He was 38 years old, a professed friar for 13 years, and a priest for eight years.