Vincent Foley, OFM
1888 – 1944
Fr. Vincent Foley, OFM, was born in New York City on Sept. 18, 1888. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y., and in 1916 was ordained a priest in Albany, N.Y.
He served the Diocese of Savannah, Ga., from 1916 until 1932, and held such responsible positions as vicar general, pastor of the cathedral, and chancellor. He also served as pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah.
In 1932, Fr. Vincent was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. The following year, he professed temporary vows and made his solemn profession of vows in 1936.
Fr. Vincent was appointed assistant prefect of Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., and also served as a lector in pastoral theology and preaching at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. He became a popular preacher of missions with the mission band until sickness forced him to resign.
He then lived at the St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson and cared for the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis in Warwick, N.Y., and the Secular Franciscans of Paterson. Fr. Vincent’s last assignment was to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Beach Haven, N.J., where he developed the missions of Tuckerton and Barnegat.
Fr. Vincent died Sept. 11, 1944, in Paterson. He was a week short of his 56th birthday, a professed friar for 11 years and a priest for almost 28 years.