Deceased Friars


Nicholas Kieffer, OFM

Nicholas Kieffer

1912 – 1975

Fr. Nicholas Kieffer, OFM, was born Nov. 25, 1912 in Philadelphia. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1930 and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1933. Fr. Nicholas professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1937 and was ordained in 1941.

For 26 years, Fr. Nicholas served in education, and for the final seven, he ministered at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. He began his teaching career at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., in 1942, where he taught history until 1958. Fr. Nicholas then transferred to St. Bonaventure University, where he spent 10 years before moving to St. Anthony Shrine.

He ministered there until his death on April 4, 1975. Fr. Nicholas was 62 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 33 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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Nicholas Kieffer, OFM

Nicholas Kieffer

1912 – 1975

Fr. Nicholas Kieffer, OFM, was born Nov. 25, 1912 in Philadelphia. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1930 and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1933. Fr. Nicholas professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1937 and was ordained in 1941.

For 26 years, Fr. Nicholas served in education, and for the final seven, he ministered at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. He began his teaching career at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., in 1942, where he taught history until 1958. Fr. Nicholas then transferred to St. Bonaventure University, where he spent 10 years before moving to St. Anthony Shrine.

He ministered there until his death on April 4, 1975. Fr. Nicholas was 62 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 33 years.