Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. 25 December 1868, d. 18 November 1943
Bishop Bonaventure Finbarr Broderick
FatherJohn Harris Broderick1,7,4 b. 1835, d. by 1910
MotherMargaret Healy1,8,9,4,10 b. 15 Apr 1830, d. 5 Jul 1917
Relationship1st cousin 3 times removed of Taryn Lynn Phelan
           Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick was born on 25 December 1868 at Hartford, Connecticut..11,12,13,4,14,15 He was a Catholic bishop at the Archdiocese of New York, New York.4,16
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broderick, age 1, in the census of 11 July 1870 at Hartford, Connecticut,in the household of John Harris Broderick as his son.1
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broadwick, age 11, in the census of 12 June 1880 at Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of John Harris Broderick as his son.8 Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick resided in June 1880 at Harrisville Road (near South Wilson), Waterbury, Connecticut, with his parents and brothers Clement and David. His parents ran a boarding house filled with Irish men working on the railroad.17 He was a member of the Arcadia, and of the Collegium Cultorum Martyrum at Rome, Italy.4
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broderick, age 41, in the census of 26 April 1910 at Yonkers, Westchester, New York,in the household of Margaret Healy as her son; Helen Bowlen was also enumerated with this family and noted to be a companion. She was 26 years old and born in Illinois. A servant, Anna Horken, age 25 and born in Hungary, was also listed.3 Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick resided in April 1910 at 15 Tower Place, Yonkers, New York, with his mother. Helen Bowlen, companion, and Anna Horka, servant, were also living with them.3 He resided in 1911 at Stattsburg-on-Hudson, New York.4 He was an informant to the death of Margaret Healy, his mother, on 5 July 1917 in the village of Saugerties-on-the-Hudson, New York; from diabetes mellitus and a secondary cause as gangrene of both feet.18,19
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 51, appears as head of household in the census of 7 January 1920. in Saugerties, Ulster, New York; Also enumerated on this census was Helen Bowlen. She was 39 years old and listed as a foster sister born in Missouri. On the 1910 census she was living with Margaret Healy Broderick and Bonaventure and listed as a companion who was born in Illinois. Could the reason why the 1910 census had Margaret Broderick shown as having 9 children be that she took in foster children? Also enumerated on this census was Mary Weber, 55, a cook.5 He resided in January 1920 at 70 Main Street, Saugerties, New York, with his foster sister, Helen Bowlen and the house cook, Mary Weber.5
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 61, appears as Bonaventure Brodrick in the census of 3 April 1930 in Pleasant Valley, Duchess, New York, in the household of Helen Bowlen.6 He resided on 3 April 1930 at Pleasant Valley, New York, with Helen Bowlen as head of the household. She was listed on the 1910 census as a companion and on the 1920 census as a foster sister to Bonaventure. She was 41, single, and had occupation listed as NONE.6
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 71, appears in the census of 5 April 1940 in Frances Shervier Hospital, Riverdale, Bronx, New York. Interestingly enough, the patients who were documented on the census at the hospital were called inmates.20
     Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick died on 18 November 1943 at Frances Shervier Hospital, Riverdale, New York, at age 74.21 He was buried on 20 November 1943 at The Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York. He was interred in Plot: Section 43, Block B4, Plot 60, Grave 3.22
     Birth: 25 December 1868
Death: 18 November 1943

Monsignor Bonaventure Finnbarr Francis Broderick was the Coadjutor Bishop of the then Diocese of San Cristóbal de la Habana, and ran a gas station for 40 years until Cardinal Francis Spellman restored him as an Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of New York. While restored to the Curia, Broderick died before he became a Diocesan Ordinary.

Bonaventure Broderick was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to John Harris Broderick and Margaret Healy. Broderick accomplished his undergraduate seminary studies at St. Charles College in Ellicott City, Maryland. The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford sent him to the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare of Propaganda Fide at the North American College as a resident student. In 1897, Broderick earned his PhD., followed by a Doctorate of Theology, from the same College.

Ordained to the Priesthood at 27 years of age for the Archdiocese of Hartford by then Bishop Francesco di Paola Cassetta, who was the Patriarch of Jerusalem and Vicegerent of Rome, while in the Eternal City, Broderick returned to the Diocese and was assigned as a Pastor in West Hartford and Ford, Connecticut. From 1898 to 1900, he was a Faculty Member at St. Thomas Seminary at Hartford, Connecticut.

When his former Italian instructor, then Bishop Donato Sbarretti was appointed as the Ordinary of the Archdiocese of San Cristóbal de la Habana, he appointed Broderick as his Secretary. On June 25, 1900, Broderick became the Administrator for St. Francis de Sales Church in Cuba. He would later become the Administrator of San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary. On May 20, 1902, Broderick represented the Catholic Church recognizing the establishment of the Republic of Cuba.

While in Cuba, Broderick had to settle claims against the United States Government because of damage done to church property during the Spanish-American War. There were rumors his brother was involved with a government contract to install a sewer system in Havana. Bonaventure Broderick sued his brother, David A. Broderick, in a Hartford, Connecticut superior court over some Cuba contracts and won a judgment. It was unclear why his superiors were angry with Broderick.

On September 7, 1903, at the early age of 34, Broderick was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de la Habana by Pope Pius X, receiving his Episcopal Consecration with the Titular See of Iuliopolis, on the following October 28, from Archbishop Placide Louis Chapelle, assisted by Archbishop Francisco de Paula Barnada y Aguila and Rev. Manuel Espinosa. Broderick was appointed Coadjutor of the same See on the following November 9.

Two years later, at 36 years of age, on March 1, 1905, Bishop Broderick resigned from Office due to a misunderstanding with Pope Pius X and the Vatican over the collection of some funds.

While doing some archdiocesan business in Millbrook, New York, the then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Francis Spellman, found Broderick running a gas station in Millbrook where he wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper. In November 1939, the Vatican asked Spellman to rehabilitate Broderick and Spellman complied. Broderick resumed his public vows as a Bishop and was made a Chaplain of a hospital in Riverdale, New York.

Monsignor Broderick passed away on Thursday, November 18, 1943, in the morning, aged 74, at the Frances Schervier Hospital of Riverdale, New York. Two days later, Archbishop Spellman celebrated his Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Metropolitan Cathedral at 10 am. Among those present were Msgrs. James Francis McIntyre - who delivered the Eulogy -, Thomas Edmund Molloy, John Francis O'Hara, and Henry J. O'Brien.

In his will he left Archbishop Spellman his pectoral cross, its chains, his episcopal ring and crosier. The rest of his property was bequeathed to the Sisters of the Poor of San Francisco, according to his own wishes.

For many years it remained unknown why the Bishop Broderick left Cuba and resigned from his post. In 1962, Fr. Robert I. Gannon SJ., published "The Cardinal Spellman Story", and in the latter, in pages 156 - 161, one can find a detailed report to the Apostolic Delegate in the United States, Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognani, Titular Archbishop of the See of Laodicea di Phrygia, dated November 12, 1939. According to the report, the Apostolic Delegate in Cuba, Archbishop Chapelle, fell out with Bishop Broderick and went to Rome to present his grievances. The Bishop decided to also go to Rome to explain his position. Both met the reasons presented to Pope Pius X and Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val, Secretary of State, as document No. 9184 with the Secretary of State. When he reached the United States, the Bishop received a telegram from Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, asking him to go see him immediately. The Cardinal was abrupt and informed him that his mission had been revoked. This left Bishop Broderick with no mission or economic backgrounds. The Bishop wrote to the Pope, informing him about his situation. Pius X replied on March 29, 1905, with a letter written by his own hand. In the letter, the Pope explained that he had to revoke his order because of the protest of many American Bishops who felt that it made them look incompetent. Bishop Broderick wrote to the Pope saying that the fact that a Bishop had no job and no place to go could cause scandal in the United States. The Pope interpreted this statement as a threat to cause scandal and he responded that this had caused him grief. The Holy See assigned a pension of $ 100 per month with no charge of any mission. To sustain himself, Bishop Broderick worked for about 34 years in an establishment of auto accessories and sale of gasoline in Millbrook, a town which is about 80 miles from New York.




Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Hawthorne
Westchester County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 43, Block B 4, Plot 60, Grave 3.

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
1870Hartford, ConnecticutBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broderick, age 1, in the census of 11 July 1870 at Hartford, Connecticut,in the household of John Harris Broderick as his son.1
1880Waterbury, ConnecticutBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broadwick, age 11, in the census of 12 June 1880 at Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of John Harris Broderick as his son.8
1910Yonkers, Westchester, New YorkBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick appears as Bonaventure Broderick, age 41, in the census of 26 April 1910 at Yonkers, Westchester, New York,in the household of Margaret Healy as her son; Helen Bowlen was also enumerated with this family and noted to be a companion. She was 26 years old and born in Illinois. A servant, Anna Horken, age 25 and born in Hungary, was also listed.3
1920Saugerties, Ulster, New YorkBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 51, appears as head of household in the census of 7 January 1920. in Saugerties, Ulster, New York; Also enumerated on this census was Helen Bowlen. She was 39 years old and listed as a foster sister born in Missouri. On the 1910 census she was living with Margaret Healy Broderick and Bonaventure and listed as a companion who was born in Illinois. Could the reason why the 1910 census had Margaret Broderick shown as having 9 children be that she took in foster children? Also enumerated on this census was Mary Weber, 55, a cook.5
1930Pleasant Valley, Duchess, New YorkBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 61, appears as Bonaventure Brodrick in the census of 3 April 1930 in Pleasant Valley, Duchess, New York, in the household of Helen Bowlen.6
1940Frances Shervier Hospital, Riverdale, Bronx, New YorkBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick, age 71, appears in the census of 5 April 1940 in Frances Shervier Hospital, Riverdale, Bronx, New York. Interestingly enough, the patients who were documented on the census at the hospital were called inmates.20

Residence Records

YearLocationDetails
June 1880Harrisville Road (near South Wilson), Waterbury, ConnecticutBonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick resided in June 1880 at Harrisville Road (near South Wilson), Waterbury, Connecticut, with his parents and brothers Clement and David. His parents ran a boarding house filled with Irish men working on the railroad.17
April 191015 Tower Place, Yonkers, New YorkHe resided in April 1910 at 15 Tower Place, Yonkers, New York, with his mother. Helen Bowlen, companion, and Anna Horka, servant, were also living with them.3
1911Stattsburg-on-Hudson, New YorkHe resided in 1911 at Stattsburg-on-Hudson, New York.4
January 192070 Main Street, Saugerties, New YorkHe resided in January 1920 at 70 Main Street, Saugerties, New York, with his foster sister, Helen Bowlen and the house cook, Mary Weber.5
3 April 1930Pleasant Valley, New YorkHe resided on 3 April 1930 at Pleasant Valley, New York, with Helen Bowlen as head of the household. She was listed on the 1910 census as a companion and on the 1920 census as a foster sister to Bonaventure. She was 41, single, and had occupation listed as NONE.6

Citations

  1. [S633] John H. Broderick household, 1870 United States Federal Census, Hartford, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 2nd Ward, sheet 138, dwelling 1124, family 1107.
  2. [S129] John Broadwick household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 42, page 48, dwelling 313, family 467, shows Bonaventure Broadwick in error.
  3. [S634] Margaret Broderick household, 1910 United States Federal Census, Westchester, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, ED 173, sheet 15A, dwelling 15, family 160.
  4. [S631] W. F. Brainard, Who's Who in New York.
  5. [S635] Bonaventure Broderick household, 1920 United States Federal Census, Ulster, New York, population schedule, Saugerties, ED 201, sheet 7A, dwelling 150, family 161.
  6. [S636] Helen Bowlen household, 1930 United States Federal Census, Dutchess, New York, population schedule, Pleasant Valley, ED 39, sheet 1B, dwelling 19, family 20.
  7. [S129] John Broadwick household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 42, page 48, dwelling 313, family 467, shows Bonaventure as John's son.
  8. [S129] John Broadwick household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 42, page 48, dwelling 313, family 467.
  9. [S634] Margaret Broderick household, 1910 United States Federal Census, Westchester, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, ED 173, sheet 15A, dwelling 15, family 160, shows mother as Margaret Broderick.
  10. [S940] The NY Times, 6 July 1917, stated that she was the beloved mother of the Right Rev. Bishop Broderick.
  11. [S633] John H. Broderick household, 1870 United States Federal Census, Hartford, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 2nd Ward, sheet 138, dwelling 1124, family 1107, shows age 1 and birthplace as Conn.
  12. [S129] John Broadwick household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 42, page 48, dwelling 313, family 467, shows age 11 and birthplace as Connecticut.
  13. [S634] Margaret Broderick household, 1910 United States Federal Census, Westchester, New York, population schedule, Yonkers, ED 173, sheet 15A, dwelling 15, family 160, shows age 41 and birthplace as Connecticut.
  14. [S635] Bonaventure Broderick household, 1920 United States Federal Census, Ulster, New York, population schedule, Saugerties, ED 201, sheet 7A, dwelling 150, family 161, shows age 51.
  15. [S636] Helen Bowlen household, 1930 United States Federal Census, Dutchess, New York, population schedule, Pleasant Valley, ED 39, sheet 1B, dwelling 19, family 20, shows age 61.
  16. [S632] Dates and Death of Priests of the Archdiocese of New York, online http:// hometown.aol.com/mtmc525/myhomepage/index.html, shows his name followed by rank of "BISHOP."
  17. [S129] John Broadwick household, 1880 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 42, page 48, dwelling 313, family 467, shows his residence.
  18. [S940] The NY Times, 6 July 1917.
  19. [S955] Margaret Broderick's Death Certificate, The Public Register of Deaths.
  20. [S1293] Most Reverend Bonaventure Broderick household, 1940 United States Federal Census, Queens County, New York, population schedule, New York, ED 3-1242, sheet 5B.
  21. [S632] Dates and Death of Priests of the Archdiocese of New York, online http:// hometown.aol.com/mtmc525/myhomepage/index.html.
  22. [S1280] Find-A-Grave, online www.findagrave.com, Bishop Bonaventure Finbarr Francis Broderick.