Deceased Friars


Michael O'Callaghan, OFM

Michael O’Callaghan

1921 – 1974

Fr. Michael (Celestine) O’Callaghan, OFM, was born May 1, 1921 in Philadelphia. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1941, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Michael made his solemn profession in 1945 and was ordained in 1947.

He taught mathematics at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., after his ordination, and then volunteered to serve as a missionary in Brazil, where he did pastoral ministry and also taught mathematics to high school students. Fr. Michael returned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., and after a time, was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, where he was a kind and caring confessor until his death.

He died there on Feb. 25, 1974. Fr. Michael was 52 years old, a professed friar for 31 years and a priest for 26 years.

Each of us should be called a lesser brother, a Friar Minor. Each one of us should wash the feet of the others.”

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Michael O'Callaghan, OFM

Michael O’Callaghan

1921 – 1974

Fr. Michael (Celestine) O’Callaghan, OFM, was born May 1, 1921 in Philadelphia. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1941, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Michael made his solemn profession in 1945 and was ordained in 1947.

He taught mathematics at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., after his ordination, and then volunteered to serve as a missionary in Brazil, where he did pastoral ministry and also taught mathematics to high school students. Fr. Michael returned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., and after a time, was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, where he was a kind and caring confessor until his death.

He died there on Feb. 25, 1974. Fr. Michael was 52 years old, a professed friar for 31 years and a priest for 26 years.