Ignatius Boyce, OFM
1891 – 1949
Fr. Ignatius Boyce, OFM, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 5, 1891. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1910.
The following year, he professed temporary vows. Fr, Ignatius made his profession of solemn vows in 1914 and was ordained a priest at St. Bonaventure Church, Paterson, in 1917.
Fr. Ignatius served as a military chaplain during World War I and then engaged in parochial ministry for many years. He was pastor at New Jersey parishes in Elmwood Park, Beach Haven, Butler and Rochelle Park. At Sacred Heart Church in Rochelle Park, he built the school and convent.
For the last six years of his life, he lived at St. Francis Friary in New York City and preached retreats.
Fr. Ignatius died Aug. 20, 1949, at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City. He was 58 years old, a professed friar for 38 years less a day and a priest for 32 years.