Regis Galvin, OFM
1907 – 1988
Fr. Regis Galvin, OFM, was born in Petersburg, Va., on Aug. 17, 1907. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., on Aug. 5, 1926.
In 1927, he professed temporary vows and made his profession of solemn vows in 1930. Fr. Regis was ordained a priest in 1933.
After one year at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, Fr. Regis was assigned to the seminary in Callicoon where he taught English literature and American history for eight years. He was also pastor of the mission church in Pond Eddy, N.Y., where he endeared himself as a caring parish priest.
During World War II, Fr. Regis was an army chaplain, serving in Alaska, the Yukon and Europe. He was awarded a Bronze Star and three campaign medals. In 1945, Fr. Regis went to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., as a member of the history faculty.
Fr. Regis was very involved in the lives of the students, and the many marriages and baptisms he performed for his students testifies to his pastoral ministry.
He also assisted at St. Gabriel Parish in Port Allegany, Pa., for many years. In 1968, he left St. Bonaventure for Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., where he served for eight years. In 1976, Fr. Regis retired to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg Fla.
He died Aug. 20, 1988 at Maria Manor Nursing Home. Fr. Regis was 81 years old, a professed friar for 61 years and a priest for 55 years.