Joseph Moran, OFM
1913 – 1967
Fr. Joseph Moran, OFM, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 22, 1913. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the Province’s novitiate in 1936 at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J.
The following year, he professed his temporary vows. Fr. Joseph made his solemn profession of vows in 1940 and was ordained a priest in 1942.
His first assignment was to Mexico where he was the vice-rector and prefect of discipline at the Minor Seminary of the Province of Guadalajara in San Augustin. Fr. Joseph also served as master of clerics and professor of dogma at the clericate in Hebbronville, Texas, and was pastor of the parish in Hebbronville for one year.
In 1949, Fr. Joseph was assigned to work with the Byzantine Commissariat in New Canaan, Conn., and served for six years as custos of the Byzantine Custody. In 1963, he went to Puerto Rico where he was pastor of Mother Cabrini Parish in San Juan.
Fr. Joseph died Sept. 7, 1967, at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan and is buried in the friars’ plot in Totowa, N.J. He was 54 years old, a professed friar for 30 years and had just celebrated his silver jubilee as a priest.