Joseph Holohan, OFM
1930 – 1983
Fr. Joseph (Dismas) Holohan, OFM, was born on May 10, 1930 in Cohoes, N.Y., within the shadows of Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. After high school, he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1950. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1954 and was ordained in 1956.
His first assignment was to the Callicoon seminary, where he taught math and served as procurator. In 1961, Fr. Joseph went to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., and two years later, was assigned to Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught math. After a short time at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, he went south as a campus minister, first in Columbia, S.C., and then to Athens, Ga. For 14 years, he served at the University of Georgia, establishing its solid campus ministry program.
In 1982, Fr. Joseph went to St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, and was studying at the Weston School of Theology, where he died in the classroom on March 21, 1983. He was 52 years old, a professed friar for 31 years and a priest for 26 years.