Fr. Bonaventure Santor, OFM Conv., son of Joseph and Eleanor (Wisniewska) santor, was born on February 27, 1888, in Webster, MA. His primary education was at St. Joseph School, Webster, MA and his secondary training was at St. Francis College (High School), Trenton, NJ. Motivated by the grace of a vocation and impressed by the exemplary life of the Franciscan Friars he knew, he manifested his intention of becoming a Conventual Franciscan. He entered the community at Syracuse, NY, and in the Novitiate of the Province of the Immaculate Conception, professed his simple vows on August 15, 1904. His philosophical studies were at St. Francis College, Trenton, NJ. His theological training was at the International Seraphic College of St. Bonaventure, Rome, Italy. He was ordained in Rome, on July 17, 1910, by Cardinal Merry del Val. With the exception of three years of preaching ministry on the Mission Band, Fr. Bonaventure was engaged exclusively in the parochial apostolate. From 1917 until 1920 he was pastor of St. Stephen Church, Shamokin, PA, where he purchased a home for the teaching Sisters who were commuting from St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. In 1920 he was appointed pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Lawrence, MA. As the Parish School could not accommodate the increasing numbers of students, Fr. Bonaventure in 1921 added the second and third floors to the existing school. For a short period of time in 1922 he became pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church, Holyoke, MA.
At the Provincial Chapter of 1923 Fr. Bonaventure was appointed pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Baltimore, MD and remained there until 1924. He also served as Province Commissary for the Third Order of St. Francis (Secular Franciscans). In 1926 he was assigned as pastor of Holy Cross Church, Fall River, MA, and continued the efforts of Fr. Peter Hajna in raising funds for the construction of a new church. Despite failing health and a leg amputation, Fr. Bonaventure spent his last days as Spiritual Director at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary, Granby, MA, where his earthly sojourn ended on August 19, 1960, in the 73rd year of his age, 57th of his religious profession, and 51st of his Golden Jubilee of both his profession and ordination. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated in the St. Hyacinth Seminary Chapel, Granby, MA. The mortal remains of Fr. Bonaventure were laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee, MA (Friars' Circle, No. 9).
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