Paul Oligny, OFM
1912 – 1986
Fr. Paul Oligny, OFM, was born Sept. 9, 1912 in Hudson Falls, N.Y. His early education included the serious study of the piano. Before entering St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he played in a five-piece band in the Lake George area. After two years at the Callicoon seminary, he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1932. He professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1936 and was ordained in 1939.
After his simplex year, Fr. Paul was assigned to teach French at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. He taught from 1940 until 1954, and during the summers earned a master’s degree in French Literature from Laval University in Canada and a diplome de institute de phonetique in Paris. Fr. Paul was a popular speaker in the Albany, N.Y., area, and his Siena band was well known in the Capital District. He translated The Art of Prayer and Holiness is For Everyone, both by Martial Lekeux.
From 1955 to 1964, he taught French at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., and continued his translating work. He taught at the Callicoon seminary, served as chaplain at Marist High School in Bayonne, N.J., and worked at St. Francis Chapel in Colonie, N.Y.
He died on Feb. 9, 1986 in Albuquerque, N.M. Fr. Paul was 73 years old, a professed friar for 52 years and a priest for 46 years.