Mark V Angelo, OFM
1922 – 1995
Fr. Mark Angelo, OFM, was born on Jan. 18, 1922 in Shamokin, Pa. He studied at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., for two years before entering the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1942. He professed temporary vows one year later and made his solemn profession in 1946. Fr. Mark was ordained at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington in 1948.
His first assignment was to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he taught for five years. He then studied at Fordham University in New York City, where he received his doctorate in education. His doctoral thesis was “The History of St. Bonaventure University.” Fr. Mark returned to Siena, where he became dean of the graduate school.
Fr. Mark was then assigned to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., where he served as the acting dean of the school of education. He spent six years in campus ministry at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., and Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va. While at Marshall, Fr. Mark built the Newman Center for Catholic worship. He also served one year as a delegate of Catholic Relief Services in Liberia, West Africa, served at Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., and was the founding pastor of St. Leo’s Parish in Inwood, W.Va.
Even after he retired at St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla., Fr. Mark worked as a part-time chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital for eight years there. Friars and partners-in-ministry alike appreciated his warm and friendly presence.
He died on Oct. 12, 1995 at Woodside Hospice House in Pinellas Park, Fla. Fr. Mark was 73 years old, a professed friar for 52 years and a priest for 47 years.