The Rev. Patrick H. George, T.O.R.
May 9, 1929 – June 30, 2018
The Rev. Patrick George, T.O.R., 89, formerly Father Isadore, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died early Saturday morning at St. Francis Friary-Mount Assisi, Loretto.
Surviving are a brother, Leo, in Florida; two sisters: Bernadette Tenney of Lima, Ohio, and Loretta Bills of Meadville; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his Franciscan brothers.
He was preceded in death by eight brothers: Donald, Thomas, Arthur, Paul, Daniel, Lawrence, James and Gerald; and two sisters: Dorothy and Rose Marie Mansell.
He was born in Pitcairn, son of the late James and Loretta (Kintz) George. He was baptized on May 29, 1929, at St. Michael Church, Pitcairn. He attended Patton Township Elementary School and graduated from Pitcairn High School in May 1947. Father Patrick entered postulancy at Mount Assisi Friary on Sept. 4, 1947. On July 1, 1948, he entered novitiate at Bonaventure Hall, Loretto, and pronounced his first vows on July 1, 1949, at Mount Assisi Friary, Loretto. On July 1, 1952, he pronounced his solemn vows at Mount Assisi Friary, Loretto. Father Patrick was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1955, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, by the late Bishop Richard Guilfoyle, D.D., Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Francis College on Aug. 15, 1952. He completed Theological Studies at St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, in 1955. For four summers, he studied mathematics at Villanova University. During his long and very faithful Franciscan life, Father Patrick ministered in the various works of the Province. He primarily served in education, teaching math at the secondary level where the friars ministered. He also taught at St. Francis Preparatory School, Spring Grove. He was chaplain at three hospitals in Pittsburgh. He was assistant pastor and pastor at various parishes of the Province. Father Patrick was a local minister at several of his assignments. In serving the T.O.R. community, his lasting influence came from two assignments: Director of Candidates and Director of Postulants. It was in these positions that Father Patrick influenced the formation of young men entering the community.
His prayerfulness and deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Rosary had a lasting effect on those he trained. In 2005, Father Patrick was assigned to St. Francis Friary-Mount Assisi, Loretto, and served in the ministry of prayer.
Friends will be received at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at the Chapel of St. Francis Friary-Mount Assisi, Loretto, where a vigil service will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at St. Francis Friary-Mount Assisi, Loretto, the Very Rev. Richard L. Davis, T.O.R., Minister Provincial, as prinicipal celebrant. Committal will take place after the Mass in the Franciscan Friars’ Cemetery on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto. Arrangements are by Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.
Memorial contributions may be made to support retired T.O.R. Friars, Care of T.O.R. Retirement Fund, St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 137, Loretto, PA 15940.