Robert H. White, OFM
1925 – 2004
Fr. Robert White, OFM, was born Oct. 23, 1925 in Cornwells Heights, Pa. He entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the Order in 1945 at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., and given the name Sebastian. Fr. Robert professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1949 and was ordained in 1951.
After teaching history at the Callicoon seminary for one year, Fr. Robert began teaching history, Latin and mathematics at Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y. He received his licentiate of sacred theology from The Catholic University of America in 1960 and studied at the University of Munich in Germany. While there, he ministered at various Air Force and Army bases. He returned to the U.S. and served at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., in the history department and, from 1971 to 1975, in the university’s campus ministry.
Throughout the next 15 years, Fr. Robert served as Marriage Encounter’s regional representative to the nationional board as executive priest and board member. He subsequently authored a book on the history of the National Marriage Encounter. From 1987 to 1990, he was on the National Board of Retorno. He retired in 2003 to St. Anthony Residence, Boston, and transferred to Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J., in 2004.
He died there on April 19, 2004. Fr. Robert was 78 years old, a professed friar for 57 years and a priest for 52 years.