Brother Bernadine Voute, O.S.F.
After 66 years as a Franciscan Brother, Brother Bernardine died on March 21, 1999. Son of Armand and Mary (nee Moran), Francis Arnold Voute, was born in Jersey City on June 27, 1910. He entered the Franciscan Brothers from Corpus Christi Parish on September 24, 1932 and received the Franciscan Habit on June 17. 1933, taking the name Brother Bernardine. He was first professed on June 28, 1934 and made his Final Profession on June 28, 1937. After completion of his Normal School education at St. Francis Prep Extension, Brother Bernardine received the Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University. He also did graduate studies at St. John's University and had Certifications in Teaching and School Administration. Brother Bernardine was an appointed member of the New York City Board of Education's Advisory Committee for the Bureau of Child Guidance. Brother Bernardine also shared his wisdom and experience as an educator and administrator as an elected member of the Boards of Trustees of St. Francis Prep and St. Francis College. Brother Bernardine served as a teacher and principal in many schools of the community, including 20 years in St. Francis Xavier, first Principal of the boys' Department at St. Joseph's, Babylon, Principal of St. Anthony's High Schook, teacher and superior at Our Lady of Angels, and teacher and superior at St. Francis Prep. He was also the Director of Camp alvernia from 1939 to 1949. In all he did as the Superior of St. Francis Monastery, Master of Novices, Supervisor of Schools, General Consultor for 18 years, and Assistant Superior General, and in his retiring years, as an attendance assistant, issuing late passes at St. Francis Prep, Brother Bernardine served all he met with a graciousness which was part of his nature. All who knew him said of him that he was "always a perfect Gentleman." For the last five years of his life Brother Bernardine lived at Queen of Peace Residence where the staff and the Little Sisters of the Poor cared for him with loving kindness.