Linus Tigue, OFM
1921 – 1995
Fr. Linus Tigue, OFM, was born July 25, 1921 in Pittston, Pa. He attended St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., from 1938 to 1942 and was received into the Order at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. He professed temporary vows in 1943, made his solemn profession in 1946 and was ordained in 1948.
After studying at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., Fr. Linus’s first assignment was to Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo, N.Y., where he taught for eight years. His busy career in pastoral ministry brought him as pastor or as assistant to parishes in Atlanta and Thomasville, Ga., Paterson, Wood-Ridge and Ringwood, N.J., Narrowsburg, N.Y., and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He also served as chaplain at St. Clare’s Hospital, Denville, N.J., and St. Francis Hospital in Miami.
In 1989, Fr. Linus was assigned to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., as spiritual assistant for the Florida region of the Secular Franciscan Order. He also served as part-time chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital. During the last five years of his life, he assisted at St. Raphael’s, Blessed Trinity and St. Paul’s parishes for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
He died April 24, 1995 at St. Anthony Hospital. Fr. Linus was 73 years old, a professed friar for 51 years and a priest for 46 years.