Father Boniface F. Hanley of Margate dies

Father Boniface F. Hanley, OFM, age 85, died at the Franciscan Margate House on Friday, Sept. 24. Father Boniface was a Franciscan Friar with Holy Name Province in New York City.

Born Sept. 27, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attended St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, the Franciscan Minor Seminary in Calicoon, N.Y. Father Boniface was professed in 1946 and ordained in 1950. This past summer Father Boniface celebrated his 60th anniversary of his ordination. He received his master’s degree from Columbia University in 1980.

During his many years of ministry, Father Boniface served as a teacher at Bishop Timon High School, Buffalo, N.Y., pioneer of the province’s mission in Bolivia, cleric master at Holy Name Province’s House of Studies, Guardian of St. Francis of Assisi Church, New York City, pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish, Ringwood, N.J., and St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes as well as director of Christ House Retreat Center, Lafayette, N.J.

For the 18 years prior to his semi-retirement, he was pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, West Milford, NJ.

Father Boniface had been an active member of the Butler Rotary while living in West Milford, N.J.

Father Boniface was an author of 14 books, the most recent published work being a biography of Father Franz Stock, a World War II German priest and prison chaplain. Father Stock was recently granted the title of Servant of God by the Holy See, which initiated the investigation into his beatification. Father Boniface’s instructions to a friend and parishioner to pray to Father Stock for her brother-in-law’s health is currently being investigated as a possible miracle attributed to Father Stock.

Survivors include Father Bernard Splawski, OFM, his dear friend and caretaker, his brother Joseph and wife Virginia, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and many cherished friends.

Father Boniface was predeceased by his parents Jimmy and Mary Hanley, a brother James and a sister, Evelyn.

Memorials may be sent to St. Anthony Guild, 4 Jersey St. East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Services were held Sept. 27 at Blessed Sacrament Church-Holy Trinity Parish, Margate.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 29 at St. Bonaventure Church, Paterson, N.J. Burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ

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