Peter Herzog, OFM
1866 – 1950
Br. Peter Herzog, OFM, was born on Aug. 30, 1866 in Sparkhill, N.Y. He entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1902, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1906.
He served the Province and the friars faithfully for almost 50 years in Allegany and Buffalo, N.Y., and Brookline, Mass. Br. Peter probably served more Masses, mowed more lawns, repaired more broken gadgets and cooked more meals than any friar in the history of the Order. He pushed the lawnmower in his 70s in 90-degree heat. He enjoyed being busy and did not like a quiet friary.
Br. Peter was a fac totum, jack-of-all-trades, and an Allegany man to the core. He loved to talk about the old days in Allegany as many friars still reminisce about the old days of St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y. Br. Peter was tiny in stature with humor in his eyes and music in his heart throughout his life as a friar.
He died on Nov. 27, 1950 at St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J., the senior brother of Holy Name Province at that time. Br. Peter was 84 years old, a professed friar for 47 years.