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Fr. Phil Fink, 1950-2015


       Our brother, Philip Fink, OFM Cap., died on April 11, 2015, at St. Augustine Friary in Lawrenceville. He was 65.

       Born to James and Agnes (Krieger) Fink on April 3, 1950, he was baptized at St. Wendelin Church in Pittsburgh, PA, and later attended the parish elementary school.

       Phil entered St. Fidelis High School Seminary in Herman, PA, in 1964, and was admitted to the college seminary in 1968, graduating in 1973 with an undergraduate degree in pastoral counseling. He entered the Capuchin novitiate on August 22, 1970, professing his first vows as a friar on August 25, 1971.


Fr. Charles Knoll, 1927-2015

Knoll       Fr. Charles Knoll, OFM Cap., age 88, quietly passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Vincentian Home in Pittsburgh, PA. 

       He was born to Francis and Mary Alice (Black) Knoll on February 14, 1927, in Chicora, PA. He was one of twelve children. Father Charles was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Francis; and his sister, Mary Agnes Pfaff. He is survived by sisters Mary Therese Geibel of Chicora, Monica Glynn of Baltimore, OH, Rita Barnhart of Rye, NY, Bernadette Huefner of Franklin, PA, Donna Neff of Butler, PA; brothers John, Thomas and Donald, all of Chicora, and Fr. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap., a member of the formation team for the Capuchin Formation Program at Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, OH.  In addition, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and his many nieces and nephews and their children also mourn his passing.


Fr. Bernard Finerty, 1935-2015


View the photo gallery and poetic tribute:
Remembering Fr. Bernard
(updated 02/18/2015)

       Our brother Fr. Bernard Finerty, OFM Cap., died on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Cumberland, MD, following several months of rapidly declining health. He was 79.

         He was born on July 31, 1935 to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty, and was baptized 'John Paul Finerty' to reflect both of his parents' names. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry, and her husband Jack, his brother Gregory and his wife Mary Ann, and many nieces and nephews.

       After attending the parish grade school he entered St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman, PA. In 1955 he was invested in the habit of the Capuchin Order where he took the name 'Bernard', and in 1956 professed his first vows as a friar. Bernard received a degree in theology in 1962 from Capuchin College in Washington, DC, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1961, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception there.


Fr. Bertin Roll, 1916-2015

Bert3   Our brother, Fr. Bertin Roll, OFM Cap., died on Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Augustine Friary where he resided for over 62 years. Current Minister, Fr. Phil Fink, OFM Cap., reported that Bertin began hospice care on Saturday, January 3. He had lost strength but was generally in good spirits right to the end. He was 98.

   Fr. Bertin was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Helen, and his brothers, George and Bill, and is survived by several nieces and nephews. Born to William and Nora (O’Brien) Roll on October 5, 1916, he was named Raymond and baptized at St. Athanasius Church in Pittsburgh, PA, where he attended the parish grade school. He chose St. Fidelis High School Seminary to follow his young call to the priesthood and entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1936, taking the Religious name Bertin and professing temporary vows on July 14, 1937, at SS. Peter & Paul Friary in Cumberland, MD. The young friar then studied philosophy with the rest of his class at St. Fidelis Monastery in Victoria, KS, and moved to Capuchin College in Washington, DC, for priesthood studies in 1939. Bertin was ordained on May 28, 1942, in DC's Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.




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