2006-11-08 / Obituaries

Father Blase Burniston, Sa

Funeral services will be held for Fr. Blase Burniston, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, who died at Holy Name Community, Ringwood, New Jersey, Saturday, November 4, 2006. He was 84 years old.

Fr. Burniston was born Henry Burniston in Brooklyn, New York City and attended public schools in Jersey City, New Jersey before entering the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Graymoor in 1940. He received the habit in 1944 and professed his first vows in 1945. He professed his final vows in 1948. He graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and did graduate work there and in Rome where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1951.

Fr. Burniston then continued his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome until 1957 when he returned to the U.S. to join the faculty at St. John's Atonement Seminary in Montour Falls, New York. Two years later he was named director of the Catholic Central Library in London, and also head of the newly founded St. Francis Friary in London. Over the years he served in several assignments at Graymoor, including

director of the Vocation department, co-director of the Community Development department, director of St. Christopher's Inn, and director of the Public Relations and Communications departments.

In addition, he served in the pastoral ministry in Windsor, Ontario and Jatai, Brazil, and as rector of the Church of Sant' Onofrio in Rome. Fr. Burniston is the son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Burniston. He is survived by a brother, Raymond Burniston of Old Bridge, New Jersey, and a sister, Letitia McGurk of Arvada, Colorado. Another brother, James Burniston, and a sister, Elizabeth Reggiani, are deceased. A wake service will be held at Holy Name Community Sunday, November 5, at 4:30pm.

On Monday, November 6, a wake service was held at Graymoor in Little Flower Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday morning, November 7, in the Little Flower Chapel at Graymoor. Interment followed at the friars' cemetery. Funeral arrangements were handled by D'Agostino Funeral Home of Haskell, New Jersey and Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home of Peekskill.

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