Seraphin Geegan, OFM
1876 – 1939
Fr. Seraphin Geegan, OFM, was born May 20, 1876 in New York City. He studied at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., and entered the novitiate there in 1892, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Seraphin made his solemn profession in 1896 and went to Rome for theology studies. He was ordained there in 1900.
For 16 years, he served as pastor of parishes in Wyckoff and West Milford, N.J. Fr. Seraphin was the first pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J., and served there for six years. He was known as the “golden-tongued orator,” and spent 20 years as a popular preacher of parish missions throughout the eastern states.
He died on Jan. 25, 1939 in Hoboken, N.J. Fr. Seraphin was 62 years old, a professed friar for 46 years and a priest for 38 years.