Raymond O’Reilly, OFM
1936 – 1995
Br. Raymond O’Reilly, OFM, was born in New York City on March, 27, 1936. He first encountered the Franciscans at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street and entered briefly as a brother after high school. He then went to business school and worked on Wall Street.
In 1971, he was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Francis Friary in Brookline, Mass., and professed temporary vows in 1972. He made his solemn profession of vows at Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx in 1975.
Ministry as a friar took Br. Ray to many houses throughout the Province. He served at Holy Cross, St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., St. Francis of Assisi Friary in New York City, St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J., and at St. Joseph’s Parish in East Rutherford, N.J.
His entire religious life was dedicated to serving friars in the community until illness forced his retirement in 1995.
Br. Ray died Sept. 13, 1995, at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 59 years old and a professed friar for 23 years.