Born James Boylan on June 10, 1882 in Jersey City, New Jersey, his parents were James and Margaret Hanrahan Boylan. He attended St. Mary’s Grammar School, Bayonne, New Jersey from 1894 to 1897. He then took courses at Drake Business College and worked in real estate from 1898 until 1906. He eventually decided to enter the Passionists and went to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania novitiate where he took his vows on December 4, 1908 and took the name Francis. As a lay-brother he ministered in Chelsea, New York from 1935 until 1941; Baltimore, Maryland from 1941 until 1942; Washington, D.C. House of Studies 1942; Riverdale, New York Residence 1942 until 1955; Union City, New Jersey from 1955 until 1966; North Palm Beach, Florida from 1966 until 1975; Brighton, Massachusetts from 1975 until 1976 and the Shrewsbury nursing home from 1976 until 1977. Tasks included Chef, Food Service Manager, Maintenance, Infirmarian, and Sandal Maker. At the time of his death Brother Boylan was the oldest Passionist in the United States.
June 10, 1882
December 4, 1908
December 23, 1977
Francis of the Immaculate Conception Boylan