John Faddish, OFM
1924 – 1987
Fr. John Faddish, OFM, was born on Dec. 2, 1924 in McKeesport, Pa. He joined the Slovak Custody in 1942, professing temporary vows one year later. In 1946, he transferred to the Slavo Byzantine friars in Sybertsville, Pa., and professed his solemn vows there in 1947. He went to Holy Name College to study theology and was ordained a priest for Holy Name Province in 1950.
He was assigned to Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught shorthand and typing, and worked with Secular Franciscan youth groups. In 1957, he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City, and became a member of the retreat band one year later.
For the next 18 years, Fr. John traveled up and down the East Coast preaching to sisters and priests. He also contributed many articles on Franciscanism to The Cord, a quarterly review. In 1968, he became director of the retreat band, a position he held until 1976, when he requested to minister to the Secular Franciscans. He became the regional moderator in Florida. Two years later, he began serving as a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, Fla. In 1984, Fr. John was assigned to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, but he soon returned to St. Petersburg until he transferred to the Provincial infirmary in Warwick, N.Y.
He died there on Sept. 28, 1987. Fr. John was 62 years old, a professed friar for 44 years and a priest for 36 years.