Paul A. Carnicelli, OFM
1926 – 1997
Br. Paul Carnicelli, OFM, was born Feb. 2, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1946, professing temporary vows one year later. Br. Paul made his solemn profession in 1949.
His life as a friar was spent in the greater New York City area, with exceptions of assignments in Buffalo, N.Y., Brookline, Mass., Washington and four years in Boston. Br. Paul served in a variety of capacities as a friar — on the front desk, in the sacristy, in the kitchen and in the office.
Besides these duties, which supported the friar community, Br. Paul also worked for many years serving the people of God as a teacher and as a nurse. He prepared for his teaching career by receiving a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, N.Y. Later, he earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1978.
Br. Paul taught grammar school at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Brooklyn before teaching high school at La Salle Academy in Manhattan. He also pursued a nursing degree and was a licensed practical nurse. Br. Paul worked at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City and also used his skills to care for friars who were ill. His warm smile, gentle listening and kind words advanced the healing process of those he served.
He died on March 8, 1997 in Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J. Br. Paul was 71 years old, a professed friar for 50 years.