ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Glenn Humphrey, OFM, 76, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years, died on Oct. 9 at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center where he had lived since August. He had spent most of his religious life in academic and counseling work.
The friar community at St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Glenn in the friary chapel on Oct. 13. Burial followed at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, Florida.
Early Years in the Midwest
Glenn was born on Feb. 29, 1944, in Kansas City, Missouri, to William and Mary (née Hicks) and was baptized in Roeland Park, Kansas. He attended Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Glenn joined the Franciscans in 1964 as a member of St. John the Baptist Province, professing his first vows on Aug. 16, 1965, and his solemn vows on Aug. 16, 1968, in Cincinnati.
He graduated in 1967 from Duns Scotus College in Southfield, Michigan, with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and a minor in English. He earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of New Mexico in 1977 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego in 1989.
After his profession, Glenn lived and worked in the Southwest. He was assigned to a small mission on the Hopi Reservation in Kearns Canyon, Arizona.
After transferring to Holy Name Province in 1988, Glenn spent more than two decades working with troubled adolescents through programs in and around New York City. He worked at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx from 1989 to 1990 as well as at several elementary schools, including St. Stephen of Hungary and All Saints. He also worked with the New York City Family Court and the Board of Education.
From 2005 until 2011, Glenn worked as a counselor at Rice High School in Harlem. When the school closed, he took a yearlong sabbatical and then returned to New Mexico. In 2012, he was assigned to Holy Family Friary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he lived with the friars of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province. He enrolled at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, where he grew his photography skills. From 2012 until 2018, he worked at St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, Arizona, teaching photography and counseling students.
Glenn served as a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the New York State Psychological Association, and the Arizona Psychological Association.
In April 2018, Glenn retired to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg. He is survived by a brother, Jim Humphrey of Olathe, Kansas, a sister, Mary Anne Humphrey of Independence, Missouri, a nephew Brian Humphrey of Frisco, Texas, a niece Brooke Manning of Olathe, Kansas, as well as great nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be sent to Franciscan Friars – Holy Name Province, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001-3202.
— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas
- “Glenn Humphrey Marks 50 Years as a Friar” – March 17, 2015, HNP Today
- “Last Mass with Friars Celebrated at All Saints Church” – June 29, 2011, HNP Today