Thaddeus Dorachta, OFM
1901 – 1979
Br. Thaddeus Dorachta, OFM, was born in Shenandoah, Pa., on Dec. 7, 1901. Prior to joining the friars at the age of 46, he was a professional cook.
He entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Jan. 12, 1948, and professed temporary vows Jan. 22, 1949. He made his profession of solemn vows Jan. 22, 1952.
Br. Thaddeus served at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Manhattan and St. Raphael Friary in Lafayette, N.J., where he was responsible for the maintenance of the house. In 1964, he was assigned to St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I., his home until 1976.
After a serious stroke in 1969, Br. Thaddeus cared for the sacristy, and in 1976, he retired to St. Anthony’s Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he cared for the grounds.
Br. Thaddeus did possess the “grace of working,” which never extinguished his spirit of prayer and devotion. He died in his room in St. Petersburg on July 1, 1979. He was 77 years old and a professed friar for 30 years.