Simon Iocca, OFM
1929 – 1985
Fr. Simon Iocaa, OFM, was born on March 24, 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After high school, he attended the City College of New York and St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., from which he graduated in 1953. He was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael Friary, Lafayette, N.J., in 1956, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1960 and was ordained two years later.
He spent six months of his pastoral year at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, before being assigned to Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish in Little Falls, N.J. In 1964, he was transferred to Immaculate Conception Parish in Atlanta and, in 1966, he returned to St. Anthony Shrine, where he spent the next 13 years.
Fr. Simon was an active counselor, and many felt his warmth and concern. He enjoyed intellectual pursuits and, in 1979, he was assigned to St. Francis Friary in Brookline, Mass., where he worked diligently to update the friary as procurator. Illness forced him to retire to St. Anthony Residence, Boston, in 1984.
He died on Nov. 4, 1985 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Weston, Mass. Br. Simon was 56 years old, a professed friar for 28 years, and a priest for 23 years.