Jordan Charbonneau, OFM
1919 – 1984
Fr. Jordan Charbonneau, OFM, was born in Aldenville, Mass., on Feb. 6, 1919. Before entering St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1940, he worked for the Royal Typewriter Company.
He was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1944. He professed simple vows in 1945 and solemn vows in 1948. Fr. Jordan was ordained a priest in 1950.
Fr. Jordan’s first assignment was to St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City, where he spent five years. He then served at St. Francis Church in Wanaque, N.J, where he enjoyed directing musicals with the parish youth.
Fr. Jordan then served at St. Francis Church in Triangle, Va., and worked with the Catholic Youth Organization and religious education programs. In 1965, he was assigned to Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass. In 1966, he served at St. Anne’s Parish in Fair Lawn, N.J.
In 1970, Fr. Jordan became pastor of St. Anthony’s Church in Yulan, N.Y. He served the community there until 1983. Fr. Jordan then served as an assistant at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J., before he was transferred to the Province’s infirmary at St. Bonaventure University.
A friendly friar, Fr. Jordan enjoyed working with people and was blessed with a good sense of humor.
Fr. Jordan died Sept. 20, 1984, at St. Bonaventure University. He was 65 years old, a professed friar for 39 years and a priest for 34 years.