Brother Pascal Kelly, O.S.F.

Brother Pascal (Francis J. Kelly), son of Michael and Elizabeth McAleer Kelly was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 3, 1910. He came from a strong religious background. His brother, Msgr. William Kelly was a Diocesan leader in Social Work. His Uncle, Msgr. Joseph Kelly was the Spiritual Director of the Congregation for many years. Francis attended the old St. Patrick's Elementary School on Kent Avenue, where our brothers held forth at that time. He went on to graduate from St. Francis Prep on Baltic Street in 1928 and on that same year entered the Order at Centerport on October 1st. He received the Habit on April 2, 1929, professed first vows on April 4, 1930 and made final profession on May 17, 1933. Brother Pascal was among the first group of Brothers who opened the new Congregational Novitiate at Smithtown. Here, with others under the guidance of the Novice Master he learned farming and dairying while receiving instruction in the religious life and in the areas of Educational History and Methodology. Brother Pascal's first teaching assignment was at St. Francis Xavier's on President Street where he served for four years while residing at Butler Street. From there he returned to Smithtown to join the Faculty of St. Anthony's Juniorate which had just received its charter to operate as a four your high school. In 1936 he came back to Butler Street to become Instructor of Philosophy at St. Francis College which he was to serve until his retirement in 1972. While teaching, Brother Pascal continued his studies, this time under the Jesuit Fathers at Fordham College and University. He received his B.A. in 1935, the M.A. in 1940 and the Ph.D. in 1951. His major field of study was Philosophy. In 1954 and again in 1961 he was chosen General Consultor of the Congregation. In 1961 he became Treasurer General. In 1964 he was the Local Superior of St. Francis Monastery, Butler Street. With a zeal as flaming as his bright red hair, Brother Pascal was a dynamo in everything he undertook. A fine athlete, he was best known for his court prowess in the games of the Brother's Intercommunity Basketball League of the Diocese of Brooklyn. As teacher, he was highly honored. He had been made a full Professor at the College in 1965 and Chainuan of the Philosophy Department in 1970. From 1955 to 1964 he served as Academic Dean of St. Francis College. A stickler for the exact word, the precise phrase, Brother Pascal would tolerate no illogics of thinking: truth was truth. He was a kind understanding man who helped his students resolve their problems and choose careers best suited to them. Perhaps the honor he cherished most the Duns Scotus recognition award for his devoted service to the college. After his retirement, Brother Pascal's health began to fail; his eyes began to dim. His adherence to truth never waned. He died January 13, 1986.