Michael Hunt, OFM
1931 – 1969
Fr. Michael Hunt, OFM, was born in Philadelphia on Jan. 3, 1931. After four years in the U.S. Navy, he was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael Friary, Lafayette, N.J., on July 14, 1956, and professed temporary vows on July 15, 1957. Fr. Michael made his profession of solemn vows Aug. 22, 1960, and was ordained a priest in Washington, D.C., on March 2, 1963.
Fr. Michael was an assistant at Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls, N.J., and then was assigned to St. Patrick’s Parish in Buffalo. N.Y. In 1967, he was appointed assistant Secular Franciscan commissary, and also served as regional youth director in the Buffalo area.
He made contact and worked with high school and college fraternities of the Secular Franciscans. His priestly ministry with children, women of the Home-School Association, men of the bowling league, and the American Legion was spurred by one single motive ?— love.
Fr. Michael died in a one-car auto accident about a mile south of Scranton, Pa., on May 8, 1969 as he was driving from Philadelphia to Buffalo. He was 38 years old, a professed friar for 11 years, and a priest for six years.