Theodore was born December 27, 1916 in Steelton, PA there completed
high-school. Fr. Theodore began his seminary studies at Westmont,
Il. and entered the Franciscan novitiate in 1935 at Teutopolis,
Il. It was Fr. Theodore's heartfelt wish to learn the Croatian
language well and this led to his studies in Mostar where he
completed his theology in 1938. He was ordained a priest in
Mostar on June 29, 1941. After his pastoral duties at SS. Peter
and Paul Parish in Mostar (1942-1944), he resided in the Franciscan
friaries in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Rome. He returned to the USA
in 1946 and continued his pastoral work at St. Augustine's Parish
in West Allis as assistant pastor (1946-1950). After that he
established St.Anthony's Parish in Monessen and was pastor there
until 1960. He was Pastor at SS.. Cyril & Methodius in New
York (1960-1961), St. Jerome's in Chicago (1967-1969), Blessed
Trinity in Ambridge (1969-1971), St. Mary's in Steelton (1972-1976),
St.Joseph's in Bethlehem (1979-1985). He was assistant pastor
at St. Mary's in Steelton from1991 until his retirement in 1995.He
held many positions with the Custody. He was on the Custodial
Board twice (1952-1955, 1967-1970).He was procurator of the
Custody from 1950-1952 and from 1976-1978. He was superior at
St. Francis Friary, Gulf Breeze (1961-1967) and superior at
Our Lady of Peace Frairy, Beaver Falls (1978-1979,1985-1991).
He is the author of the book, Tragedy of a Nation.
Fr. Ted was well-known among the friars as a man with an extraordinary sense of humor, sociability and fraternal community. He was always very happy to visit with the friars and took great interest in the life and work of the friars. Having received the sacraments, Fr. Ted died peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at St. Theresa Home in Lemont, run by Franciscan Sisters. After a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s in Hyde Park, Jan. 15, 2010, he was buried with his Franciscan brothers in Holy Sepulcher cemetery.