John Bosco Rubino, OFM
1912 – 1993
Br. John Bosco Rubino, OFM, was born in Hackensack, N.J., on May 18, 1912. He received his early education at the Broadway School in Hackensack, and was received as a Tertiary Brother at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City on Sept. 18, 1935. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J., on Aug. 12, 1937, professed temporary vows Aug. 13, 1938, and made solemn profession of vows Sept. 5, 1941.
Br. John Bosco’s first assignment was to St. Francis of Assisi Church. He later served at Holy Cross Church in the Bronx. In 1947, he was sent to the General Curia in Rome as an assistant to Fr. Mathias Faust, OFM.
Upon his return to the United States, Br. John Bosco served in Buffalo, N.Y., and East Rutherford, N.J., and was then assigned once again to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where he remained for the next 38 years.
He served faithfully as guestmaster and was known by friars from around the world. He was a faithful staff member of the Franciscan Missionary Union and devoted to the missionaries of Holy Name Province. Br. John Bosco attended two Masses each day and touched the lives of countless people at the West 31st Street parish.
He loved the friars and loved the people and served all faithfully for 55 years. Br. John Bosco died May 16, 1993, at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City. He was two days short of his 81st birthday and a professed friar for 54 years.