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Ivo McElroy, OFM

Ivo McElroy

1894 – 1981

Fr. Ivo McElroy, OFM, was born on June 19, 1894, in Bridgeport, Conn. He went to Notre Dame University in 1913 and after graduation he worked in a bank until 1928.

He was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 18, 1928, and professed temporary vows Aug. 19, 1929. Fr. Ivo made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1932, and was ordained a priest June 13, 1933.

He served in parishes of Holy Name Province for most of his life: St. Elizabeth in Wyckoff, N.J., St. Anthony of Padua in Greenville, S.C., St. Francis in Beach Haven, N.J., St. Richard in Emporia, Va., and St. Philip in Statesville, N.C.

He thoroughly enjoyed parish ministry, and his warm and friendly personality and easy smile endeared him to everyone. In 1955, the Poor Clares opened a convent in Greenville, and Fr. Ivo became their chaplain. Two years later, he transferred to Buffalo, N.Y., to serve as chaplain for the Mercy Sisters and served faithfully for seven years.

In 1964, Fr. Ivo went to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston where he served until 1975. He was known as a kind friar, a jovial man, and one who never complained.

At the age of 81, he retired to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he died on July 10, 1981. Fr. Ivo was 87 years old, a professed friar for 51 years and a priest for 48 years.