Bloomington parish thanks friars for 62 years of ministry, welcomes new community

Two Conventual Franciscan friars celebrated the first Sunday Mass for the newly formed St. Bonaventure parish Feb. 8, 1959, at Cedarcrest Elementary School in Bloomington. Friars had arrived at the parish that January, fulfilling a promise to Archbishop William Brady and establishing a presence that has lasted more than six decades. Father Finnegan served as the first pastor.

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