Vincent Kelly, OFM
1878 – 1941
Fr. Vincent Kelly, OFM, was born in Boston on May 24, 1878. He was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure College in Allegany, N.Y., on April 5, 1896.
In 1897, he professed his temporary vows and made his profession of solemn vows in 1900. Fr. Vincent was ordained a priest in 1903.
Fr. Vincent taught at St. Bonaventure College for seven years and then served as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Buffalo, N.Y., for six years. He then moved to Winsted, Conn., to serve as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church for twelve years.
In 1922, Fr. Vincent became the first resident pastor of Holy Cross Church in Clason Point, N.Y., where he built the church and the school. For many years Fr. Vincent was an eloquent and popular preacher of parish missions.
He died Aug. 27, 1941, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. He was pastor of St. Francis Parish in Wanaque, N.J., at the time. Fr. Vincent was 63 years old, a professed friar for 44 years and a priest for 38 years.