Fr Peregrine M. Graffius

Fr Peregrine M. Graffius

Death 3 Dec 2004 (aged 73)
Burial Orange, Orange County, California, USA
Plot Plot Of The Order Of The Servants Of Mary, Section E (St. Elizabeth), Tier 7, Grave 64.
Memorial ID 71244450 · View Source
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Former Prior General of the Order of the Servants of Mary, Father Peregrine Maria Richard Graffius OSM., was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, to Walter Graffius and Helen Kimberling and received his elementary education in Tyrone and Maryland.

Aged eighteen, Richard, then a non-practicing Christian Lutheran, entered the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Maryland. There, he met Franciscan Father Alban A. McGuire and Father James Cohwig. Received into the Roman Catholic Church against the will of his parents on April 14, 1950, at the Parish of St. Jerome in Hyattsville, Maryland, his deep devotion to the Virgin Mary led him to join the Order of the Servants Of Mary, against the wishes of Fr. McGuire, who preferred to see him enter the Franciscan Order.

Entering the Seminary of the Servites at St. Charles, Illinois, he received the religious name of Peregrine Maria on August 24, 1952, and took his first vows on August 30, 1953.

Graffius underwent studies in philosophy at Our Lady of Riverside, California, and in theology at the «Marianum» of Roma, where he took his solemn vows on September 29 1956, and was ordained to the priesthood on March 30, 1959. Successively, he pursued further studies at the «Marianum» obtained a bachelorship in 1957, and a licentiate in theology in 1959. He later earned an M.A. in Spirituality from the Universtiy of St. Bonaventure, Olean, New York, in 1979.

Father Graffius spoke fluent English, Italian, Latin, French and Spanish. Affiliated to the American Province of St. Joseph, he served as vice-master of Servite Students between 1961 and 1964, and later as Master of Novices from 1964 until 1967, at Riverside.

As member of the Western Servite Province, he then served as Prior and Master of Novices from 1967 until 1969, at Riverside, and Director of Students at San Francisco from 1969 until 1970.

Named Secretary of his Order in 1970, he moved to Rome, where he was eventually elected Prior General of the Order in 1971.

His Generalite was marked by his work for the renovation of the Constitutions and the studies in regards of the history and the spirituality of the Order. His figure was a living example of a true Servite. Under his Generalite, the Order established new roots in India.

At the termination of his Office in 1977, he moved again to the USA-West Province, where he served as Prior Provincial between 1979 and 1982 and again between 1997 and 1999, Provincial Counselor, President of the Provincial Commission for Formation, archivist of the Province from 1985 until 1988, and parish priest of the Parish of S. Philip Benizi of Fullerton between 1988 and 1997.

Provincial Socius from 1988 till 1991, he furthermore served as Secretary of the Provincial Council and Vicar for the Assumption Parish of Chicago from 1999 till 2003. Following his retirement from the latter post, he continued to serve as Secretary to the Provincial Council. Spiritual Director and Conferencer, authoring the famous book "One in Love and Service".

Father Peregrine passed away at St. Jude's Hospital in Fullerton, California, on Friday, December 3, 2004, aged 73. Vigil and Funeral Mass were held at the Parish of S. Philip Benizi, Fullerton, presided by the Provincial, Anthony M. O'Connell, and concelebrated by Monsignor Tod Brown, Bishop of the Diocese of Orange. Interment followed at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery of Orange, California.

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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 12 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71244450
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fr Peregrine M. Graffius (13 Feb 1931–3 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71244450, citing Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .