Owen McCormack, OFM
1911 – 1961
Fr. Owen McCormack, OFM, was born on Nov. 25, 1911 in Jersey City, N.J. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1932, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1936 and was ordained in 1939.
His first assignment was to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City. After two years, he became a chaplain in the United States Army and served in Normandy and in northern Germany. After Fr. Owen left the service, he was assigned to St. Joseph Parish, East Rutherford, N.J., where he ministered until 1950, when he was appointed pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Allegany, N.Y. He remained there until his death.
His pastorate was noted for its continuous improvement and expansion. His love for parish ministry was the source of his energy, as it was an all-absorbing interest for him until his sudden death. On the Sunday that he died, he had preached two parish Masses and three other Masses.
He died on March 12, 1961 at St. Francis Hospital, Olean, N.Y. Fr. Owen was 49 years old, a professed friar for 27 years and a priest for 21 years.