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Stephen McMahon, OFM

Stephen McMahon

1918 – 1991

Fr. Stephen McMahon, OFM, was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 15, 1918. He was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 12, 1939, and professed temporary vows Aug. 13, 1940. Fr. Stephen made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1943, and was ordained a priest June 17, 1945.

After ordination, he went to St. Mary’s Church in Americus, Ga., and his life of ministry brought him to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, St. Philip’s in Statesville, N.C., Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., St. Joseph at Macopin-Echo Lake, N.J., St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., Tampa, St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J., Our Lady of the Angels in Little Falls, N.J., and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wanaque, N.J.

He was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City as spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscans, a ministry, which he fulfilled faithfully for 16 years. Fr. Stephen served 38 fraternities in the New York area. He was completely devoted to the Secular Franciscans and continually encouraged them to be cheerful witnesses of the gospel in the modern world.

After a short term as hospital chaplain in Trenton, N.J., Fr. Stephen retired to Butler where died July 11, 1991. He was just short of 73 years old, a professed friar for 50 years and a priest for 46 years.