Joseph Doino, OFM
1923 – 1994
Fr. Joseph (Donatus) Doino, OFM, was born Dec. 30, 1923 in Dunkirk, N.Y. His elementary and secondary education was received at Dunkirk High School, the Little Seminary in Buffalo, N.Y., and St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1943, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Joseph made his solemn profession in 1947 and was ordained in 1950.
His first assignment was to Bishop Timon High School, where he taught for 10 years and served as athletic director. Fr. Joe attended the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and received his doctorate in sacred theology. When he returned to the United States, he taught at Christ the King Seminary, Allegan, N.Y., and transferred to East Aurora, N.Y., when the seminary moved to its current location. He was assigned to serve as guardian and master of novices at St. Francis Friary in Brookline, Mass.
In 1986, Fr. Joe returned to Allegany to St. Bonaventure University, where he taught in the Franciscan Institute until his death. A man of many talents, he used them for both the Province and the Order. Fr. Joe served as secretary to the General Economo at the Curia for two years, was a Provincial Councilor, a General Visitor, often a delegate to Provincial Chapters, a respected St. Bonaventure University trustee, and editor of the Franciscan Pathway Series and The Cord. He was also an extremely popular retreat master and an accomplished musician with vocal, piano and organ expertise. He loved his Franciscan way of life and served with passion and pride. His compassion, humor and love for Francis marked his entire life.
He died on March 7, 1994 in Olean, N.Y. Fr. Joe was 70 years old, a professed friar for 49 years and a priest for 44 years.