Funeral Services for Fintan Duffy

Maria Hayes Friar News

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Fintan Duffy, OFM, 92, a professed Franciscan friar for 53 years, died May 7 at Holy Name Friary.

A viewing was held May 9 at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, served as principal celebrant. Burial followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Butler.

Early Years
Born on Nov. 7, 1921 to Patrick and Ellen Duffy, Fintan was baptized James Kevin at St. Mary’s Church in Culdaff, Co. Donegal, Ireland. He attended school in Ireland before immigrating to New York City in 1948.

Fintan was received into the Order in 1959 at St. Raphael’s Friary in Lafayette, N.J., where he professed first vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1963.

Ministry
Fintan’s first assignment was to St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he spent 10 years working on the farm, maintaining the property and preparing meals. From there, his ministry remained the same — working with his hands, caring for property and doing repairs while serving at Christ the King Seminary and St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., the House of Prayer in Lafayette, Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., and St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J. He transferred to Holy Name Friary in 2004.

His only sister, Helen, predeceased him. Fintan is survived by many cousins, including Msgr. Kevin B. Noone. Condolences may be sent to Msgr. Noone at Our Lady of Angels Rectory, 7320 4th Ave., Brooklyn NY 11209.

 Compiled by Theresa Bartha and Maria Hayes