Leonard Heckmann, OFM
1881 – 1919
Fr. Leonard Heckmann, OFM, was born Feb. 21, 1881 in Guetersloh, Germany. He entered the novitiate in 1899 and professed temporary vows one year later. Fr. Leonard made his solemn profession in 1904 and was ordained in 1908.
During the pioneer mission days, Fr. Leonard served in Wanaque, N.J., and also as pastor of St. Leo’s Parish in Elmwood Park, N.J.
He died there on April 5, 1919 during the flu epidemic. Fr. Leonard was 38 years old, a professed friar for 18 years and a priest for 10 years.