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Most Rev. Bonaventure Midili, T.O.R.

November 16, 1926 – October 10, 2015

Most Rev. Bonaventure Midili, T.O.R., died peacefully on Saturday, October 10, at Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg, PA. He was born on November 16, 1926 in Johnstown, PA, the son of Antonio and Inconavetera “Corona” (Cavaliere) Midili.

He is survived by his Franciscan Community, a niece Theresa Horner (William) and two nephews: Anthony (Jenni) Karwoski of Crownsville, MD and Theodore Karwoski (Donna) of Moultonborough, NH and several great nieces and nephews.

Fr. Bonaventure was preceded in death by his parents and as well as his sisters Leona, Philomena, and Mary and his brother, Fr. Theodore, T.O.R.

He entered the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular at St Bernardine Monastery in 1944 and professed vows in 1946. He continued his studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1952. In 1953 he was an instructor of mathematics, Italian and French at Highland Hall in Hollidaysburg. He taught at Seton High School in Endicott, NY for a year and then served as Novice Master at St. Bernardine Monastery from 1956 to 1959. He was appointed as chaplain and instructor for the Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls, MN in 1959 where he served until 1965 when he was appointed Rector of the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian in Rome.

In 1971 Fr. Bonaventure was appointed as an instructor at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, OH and the following year as Headmaster of James Barry – Robinson High School in Norfolk, VA. In 1977 he was appointed the dean of students at St. Francis Seminary in Loretto. In 1979 he was appointed as the first Director of San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park, FL and in 1982 he was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Altoona, PA and then in 1990 he was named Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

He was elected Minister General of the Order in 1995 and served the Order in this office until 2001. Upon his return to the United States, he served the Diocese of Altoona Johnstown as Vicar for Religious. Fr. Bonaventure received many honors during his life including two Doctorates bestowed honoris causa and the title of Magister Ordinis. In 2001 he retired and resided at St. Anthony’s in Windber, PA.

Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday October 15, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Windber where a vigil for the deceased will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 11am on Friday October 16,2015 at the church, the Rev. Patrick Quinn, T.O.R. minister provincial, as main celebrant along with the members of the Third Order Regular Franciscan Community. Committal will take place at St. Bernardine Monastery Cemetery, Hollidaysburg. Memorials can be given to the Franciscan Friars, TOR Retirement Fund, PO Box 139, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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