Hyacinth Barnhardt, OFM
1897 – 1969
Fr. Hyacinth Barnhardt, OFM, was born on Jan. 5, 1897 in Severn Bridge, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1917. Fr. Hyacinth professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1921 and was ordained in 1924.
His entire Franciscan life was dedicated to education and formation. Fr. Hyacinth’s initial assignments were to the Callicoon seminary and to St. Stephen Friary, Croghan, N.Y., where he taught philosophy. In 1924, he began doctoral studies at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Louvain, Belgium. Fr. Hyacinth received his doctorate in 1930 and served as professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., and St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J.
He also served as master of clerics and vicar at the community in Butler, and ministered at a parish in Greenwood Lake, N.J. After a stint at St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Hyacinth was appointed guardian for six years in Croghan. In 1943, he was assigned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he continued his ministry of education until his death.
He died on March 8, 1969 at Villa Mary Immaculate in Albany, N.Y. Fr. Hyacinth was 72 years old, a professed friar for 50 years and a priest for 44 years.