Tarsicius Stumpf, OFM
1925 – 1979
Br. Tarsicius Stumpf, OFM, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 1925. He began and ended his Franciscan life at St. Francis of Assisi Church on 31st Street.
On Jan. 22, 1945, he was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed his temporary vows Jan. 23, 1946. His solemn profession took place Jan. 24, 1949, and two years later, Br. Tarsicius went to Brazil as a missionary.
From 1951 until 1970, he worked in Anapolis, Catalao, Pires do Rio and Cristalandia, and he raised “Rhode Island Reds” in every place he served.
Br. Tarsicius was a gentle and kind friar whose life of simplicity impacted friars and people alike. Painful arthritis curtailed his daily work, but he cared for the sacristy at 31st Street with devotion and joy during his final years of life.
He died in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Hospital on July 9, 1979. Br. Tarsicius was 54 years old and a professed friar for 33 years.