Vincent Devine, OFM
1911 – 1953
Fr. Vincent Devine, OFM, was born on May 28, 1911 in Cambridge, Mass. After graduation from grammar school, he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1930 and professed temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1934 and was ordained in 1937.
Following ordination, Fr. Vincent was stationed at the newly opened Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. One year later, he was named dean of the college. He left Siena in 1942 to study education at Columbia University. He received his master’s degree in 1943 and was awarded his doctor of philosophy degree in 1946.
Fr. Vincent was assigned to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., as dean. An efficient organizer, he contributed much toward the improvement of academic standards, and toward better relations between SBU and the New York State Department of Education.
During his tenure of office, St. Bonaventure was chartered as a university in 1950. Fr. Vincent introduced new programs in the fields of biology, physical education, and economics. He authorized for the conferring of three honorary degrees: doctorates in commercial science, humane letters, and pedagogy. The guidance department was expanded and integrated, and he introduced a new system of records.
At the time of his death, he was working on expanding the music program and a curriculum leading to a graduate degree in business administration. He was a friar of great ability and dedicated dependability who served St. Bonaventure University and Holy Name Province well.
He died on Nov. 28, 1953 at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City. Fr. Vincent was 42 years old, a professed friar for 22 years, and a priest for 16 years.