Winfrid Wiseman, OFM
1916 – 1960
Fr. Winfrid Wiseman, OFM, was born in Altoona, Pa., on March 27, 1916. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.
In 1938, he entered the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed temporary vows the following year. He professed solemn vows in 1942 and was ordained a priest in Washington, D.C., in 1945.
Fr. Winfrid’s first assignment took him to St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City and then to St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson where he ministered in the parish and taught 20 hours a week in the parish high school.
In 1949, he received permission to go to Brazil as a missionary, laboring there until his death. His 11 years of missionary work were spent in the rural parishes of Pirenopolis, Goiandira, Anapolis, Ceres, and Pires do Rio. Fr. Winfrid was a dedicated missionary known for his kind words, smile and ever-present helping hand. He had the common touch and related easily in his preaching and conversations with the mentality of his people. He also served as superior and professor at the seminary.
Fr. Winfrid died Aug. 13, 1960, in Ceres, the first Holy Name Province friar to die in Brazil. He was 44 years old, a professed friar for 21 years (less a day) and a priest for 15 years.