Lucius Chmura, OFM
1883 – 1948
Br. Lucius Chmura, OFM, was born in Cyganovice, Poland, on Oct. 19, 1883. His family came to America and settled in Paterson, N.J., when he was 10 years old.
After 10 years as a tertiary at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, Br. Lucius was received into the 1913 and professed his temporary vows the following year. He professed solemn vows in 1920.
After several years serving in Paterson, Garfield, N.J., and Croghan, N.Y., Br. Lucius spent 24 years serving in the kitchen of St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.
During his many years as a friar, Br. Lucius was admired for his devotion to duty and his kindness to his fellow friars. For years, out of gratitude for his kindness to the theology students whom he fed daily, the ordination classes of Holy Name College sent a class photo to Br. Lucius as a memento. Class pictures adorned his kitchen in Butler.
He died Aug. 18, 1948, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken, N.J. Br. Lucius was 64 years old, a professed friar for 34 years and a member of Holy Name Province for 45 years.