Rudolph Harvey, OFM
1910 – 1992
Fr. Rudolph Harvey, OFM, was born on June 9, 1910 in Philadelphia. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1927, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1931 and was ordained in 1934.
After teaching Greek at the Callicoon seminary, Fr. Rudolf went to Catholic University to study for a doctorate’s degree in philosophy. He was then assigned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he became head of the philosophy department. From 1945 to 1954, he taught philosophy at St. Bonaventure’s College and Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y.
In 1954, he became editor of Friar magazine, a post he held for 25 years. As editor, he received the George Washington Award from Freedoms Foundation for his editorial, “Can Freedom Drown in Ink?” Aside from being an avid columnist, Fr. Rudolf preached retreats for priests, religious, and laity for many years. In 1982, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of literature from the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.
He died on Nov. 22, 1992 at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, N.Y. Fr. Rudolph was 82 years old, a professed friar for 64 years and a priest for 58 years.