Father Leopold Secondo, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1914-1972)

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He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 14, 1914. He attended parochial schools at St. Paul of the Cross Parish. His last year of high school was at St. Michael’s Union City, New Jersey. His brother Louis, who became General Superior of the T.O.R. Franciscans in Rome had known Father Dominic Grande, C.P. at St. Paul of the Cross parish. He was the inspiration for Father Segundo to enter the Passionists. He entered Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk, New York in 1935. He was ordained on May 30, 1942.

He was originally supposed to preach Italian missions but upon reflection did not think he had adequate language skills. He was assigned to teach at Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk. For over twenty years he taught Latin and was considered to be an extremely difficult Latin teacher. As a temporary director he was considered strict but kind.

While introvert, he was an outstanding speaker. Sermons were well-prepared. He spoke at parishes or on the radio. Difficulties with an enlarged spleen caused him to be operated on. Later in life he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had bouts of scrupulosity. He died after being able to celebrate his silver jubilee of ordination in 1967.