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a picture of Fr. Gabriel Scarfia O.F.M.

a picture of Fr. Gabriel Scarfia O.F.M. Fr. Gabriel Scarfia O.F.M.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, and educated in Catholic primary and secondary schools, I came in contact with the friars as a junior and senior in high school (All Hallows Institute, run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland).  Intending to join the friars upon graduation, I was disappointed when my parents wisely told me to spend the next two years in college (Fordham University) and then make a final decision.  Afterward I entered the friars and gradually prepared to become a Franciscan priest.  Wishing to serve as a teacher of theology, I completed my graduate studies in Washington, DC and Louvain, Belgium.

I have been teaching theology and doing pastoral work at nearby parishes for about forty-seven years now, and, God willing, for a few more.  Hobbies?  Yes, gardening, classical music, the outdoors, comic strips, exercise, and poetry.