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Fr. Anthony Carrozzo, OFM


Fr. Anthony Carrozzo, OFM, a native of the Franciscan parish in Winsted, Conn., enrolled in St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., where he completed high school and early college education.

He was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Raphael Friary in Lafayette, N.J., in 1959, and professed temporary vows in 1960. In 1963, Fr. Anthony made his profession of solemn vows and was ordained a priest in 1966, in Washington, D.C.

During his years of formation, Fr. Anthony studied at the Province’s house of philosophy in Rye Beach, N.H. and Holy Name College in Washington.

Fr. Anthony’s first assignment (1966-67) as chaplain at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York City, but most of his ministry has been devoted to the work of formation, preaching, and spiritual direction. He served on the provincial retreat team at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J. from 1967-69, and then the faculty of St. Joseph Seminary in Callicoon until 1973.

Subsequently, he served as both initial and ongoing formation director for the Province, director of St. Francis Retreat Center in Rye Beach, N.H., and director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University. He was awarded a Doctor Ministry degree from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Cal., in 1979.

After serving several terms on the Provincial Council, Fr. Anthony was elected Provincial Minister in 1987, a role he held until 1996. During his administration, the Province embarked on an extensive “Refounding Process” to clarify its mission. The Province committed itself to urban ministries in Hartford, Conn., Wilmington, Del., Greensboro, N.C., and Holy Name of Jesus Parish in New York City. The Province also accepted the care of St. Francis Parish in Raleigh, N.C.

After leaving office, Fr. Anthony chaired the editorial board of the Build with Living Stones project, which prepared the revised American version of that international Franciscan adult education program.

From November 2004 to August 2013, he served on the staff of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City as a spiritual director in the Center for Franciscan Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. He retired from full-time ministry in September 2013 to St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla. He continues to assist with programs at the Franciscan Center in Tampa, Fla., and as chaplain in the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany’s retirement house there.