Paul Goldie, OFM
1900 – 1991
Br. Paul Goldie, OFM, was born in Paisley, Scotland, on Aug. 8, 1900. He was received into the friars at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Nov. 23, 1935, and professed temporary vows Nov. 24, 1936. He made his profession of solemn vows on Nov. 24, 1939.
As a young friar, Br. Paul was asked what type of assignment he wanted. He responded: “I’m happy working in the friary.” And he spent his entire Franciscan life working in friaries of Holy Name Province. He was plumber, electrician, carpenter, sacristan and general maintenance man at St. Bonaventure in Paterson, St. Joseph’s Friary in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and finally at Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx, where he lived and worked from 1953 until 1991.
Throughout all the changes in the world and in the Church, Br. Paul remained a friar of simple but profound faith, and he had a great sense of humor. He died in the Bronx on June 17, 1991. He was 90 years old and a professed friar for 54 years.