Michael McCloskey, OFM
1910 – 1970
Fr. Michael McCloskey, OFM, was born Sept. 1, 1910 in Paterson, N.J. He attended St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1932. Fr. Michael professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1936 and was ordained in 1939.
His first assignment was to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. In 1943, he began his doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America, receiving his doctorate in philosophy. His dissertation, “Foundation Years of the Missionary College at Queretaro,” was published by the Academy of American Franciscan History in 1954. Fr. Michael again took up residence at Siena College in 1947, and except for one year at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., taught there for 21 years.
An authority on Mexican history and monasteries throughout the world, Fr. Michael lectured frequently to historical organizations. He wrote many articles and monographs for periodicals, including The Catholic Review and The Americas, of which he was the editor beginning in 1951. At the time of his death, he was preparing to write the history of Holy Name Province.
He died on March 5, 1970 at Holy Name College, Washington. Fr. Michael was 59 years old, a professed friar for 36 years and a priest for 30 years.