Born John Anthony Braun on July 17, 1902 in Venetia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of John Braun and Catherine Eiben. He attended St. Michael’s School for primary grades and then went to Duquesne University for high school and college. He then went to the Passionist novitiate in West Springfield, Massachusetts where he professed his vows on July 1, 1927. His religious name was Ferdinand. Student life was in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Union City, New Jersey; and Jamaica, New York. He was ordained on February 8, 1931 by Bishop Dunn of New York He was a professor at the Preparatory School, Dunkirk, New York, director of students in Scranton and Baltimore, Maryland, mission secretary in Union City, and a preacher of missions and retreats. In his later years he was the chaplain during the summer to the Christian Brothers at Ocean City, New Jersey.
July 17, 1902
July 1, 1927
February 8, 1931
April 14, 1963
Ferdinand of the Precious Blood Braun