Julian Finley, OFM
1899 – 1965
Fr. Julian Finley, OFM, was born Nov. 9, 1899 in Philadelphia. He studied at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., for four years and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1919. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1923 and was ordained in 1926.
During his first years of ministry, he served at St. Elizabeth Parish, Denver, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City. In 1933, he was among the first friars who established the mission in Lenoir, N.C. He taught philosophy in Catskill, N.Y., for Immaculate Conception Province. Fr. Julian was also stationed at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City, where he was vicar and responsible for the radio preaching and novena to St. Jude.
He died Feb. 18, 1965 at French Hospital in New York City. Fr. Julian was 65 years old, a professed friar for 44 years and a priest for 38 years.