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Fr. Bernard Smith
Beacon, NY
Nov 18, 1937 - Mar 01, 2010
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The Capuchin friars of the Province of Saint Mary mourn the death of their brother Father Bernard Smith, who passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010 in B...
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Fr. Bernard Smith
The Capuchin friars of the Province of Saint Mary mourn the death of their brother Father Bernard Smith, who passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010 in Beacon, NY at the age of 72. Father Bernard (baptized Thomas) the youngest of six children of Thomas F. and Mary Currie-Smith was born on November 18, 1937 in King Park (Long Island), New York. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Kings Park (1942-1951) and St. Mary Seminary in Garrison, New York (1951-1955). Fr. Bernard was invested a Capuchin Franciscan at St. Lawrence Noviate, Milton, MA on August 31, 1955 and professed first vows on September 1, 1956. He began his undergraduate studies at St. Anthony Friary in Hudson, NH graduating in 1960 where he professed perpetual vows on September 1, 1959. Following graduation, Fr. Bernard began his theological studies at Mary Immaculate Friary, Garrison until 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. John M. Fearns, Auxiliary Bishop of New York on January 11, 1964 at Sacred Heart Church, Yonkers, New York. During his one year assignment as associate at Our Lady Queen of Angels in East Harlem, New York City, Fr. Bernard begun his graduate studies in music at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He would continue his studies from 1965-1967 residing with the Capuchin friars at Capuchin College in Washington, DC receiving his degree in 1967. Fr. Bernard his music studies at Notre Dame Universitiy during the summers of 1967 and 1968. For the next three years Fr. Bernard served on the faculty of both the Capuchin Theological Seminary, and St. Mary Minor Seminary in Garrison, NY. He was an active member of the Church Music Association of America and the National Catholic Music Educators Association. From 19701977 he ministered at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers as assistant pastor, vicar of the friar community and in 1973 Administrator of Sacred heart High School. In 1977, Fr. Bernard was appointed first Capuchin pastor of St. Joseph parish in Portland, ME where he also served as guardian of the friar community until 1981. Fr. Bernard returned to Sacred heart in 1981 and ministered as pastor and guardian of the friar community until 1987. During these years he also served as a provincial counselor for two terms. From 1987-1990 Fr. Bernard served as the Catholic Chaplain at North Shore University Hospital I Manhasset, New York. In 1990, he was again elected provincial counselor and served as the guardian of the friar community of Saint Francis Friary in Garrison, NY. Fr. Bernard began a long association with the Parish Community of St. Patrick in Yorktown Heights, NY where he had offered his many ministerial talents until the time of his death. For the next nine years Fr. Bernard would serve full time in provincial administration as vicar provincial minister (1993-1995); acting provincial minister (19951996); and provincial minister (1996-2002),. He also served as a member of the CMSM (Conference of the Major Superiors of Men); president of the NACC (North American Capuchin Conference): and guardian of the local friar community of St. Conrad Friary in White Plains, NY. After a brief educational sabbatical, Fr. Bernard continued his active ministry as guardian of the friar community of St. Lawrence in Beacon, NY (2003-2005); parochial vicar at St. Joseph the Worker in East Patchogue, NY (2005-2006); and fraternal vicar and co-director of the province's postulancy program at St. Michael in Brooklyn, NY (2006-2008). In 2008 Fr. Bernard joined the friar community of St. Joachim in Beacon, NY. Although he considered himself of retirement status, Fr. Bernard generously continued to offer his services as one of the province's Property Supervisors and his much loved ministry at St. Patrick parish in Yorktown heights. Fr. Bernard is survived by three siblings: Sr. Mary P. Smith, OP from Huntington Station, NY; his brother Patrick Smith (deceased Arlene) and their children; Kathleen Smith-Healy, her Husband John and their children from Kings Park; the children of his pre-deceased brother Hugh Smith (deceased-Janet) and sister Janet Smith-Lohmann (deceased Frederick) and their large extended families. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in memory of Fr. Bernard Smith to the Capuchin Franciscan Scholarship Burse c/o Province of St. Mary, 210 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001.

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A Rite of Reception will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, New York followed by a wake until 9:00 p.m. No Visitation Information is available.


The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, New York on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. (914) 963-1357 No Service Information is available.


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