Paschal Skahen, OFM
1913 – 1947
Fr. Paschal Skahen, OFM, was born on Oct. 10, 1913 in Newark, N.J. After attending St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1937, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Paschal made his solemn profession in 1941 and was ordained in 1943.
During his first and only assignment, as a professor of English at St. Bonaventure’s College, Allegany, N.Y., Fr. Paschal died in New York City on April 16, 1947 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 33 years old, a professed friar for eight years and a priest for nearly four years.