Fr. MAXIMUS CASSINI OSF
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The successor to Father Diomede as president of the college was Father Maximus Cassini. Also know as Fr. Massimo, little is known about his early life and work. He assumed charge of the institution in 1869. In 1872 he resigned because of ill health, and on January 1, 1873, left for Italy to recover from his illness. A few years later, in 1882, he returned to the United States and undertook the operation of a monastery at Sylvan Heights in Harrisburg, PA. Fr. Maximus returned to St. Bonaventure along with some of the seminarians from Sylvan Heights who wanted to continue their studies at the Franciscan Seminary. Maximus died two years later as a result of a lingering illness. During his term Fr. Maximus managed the incorporation of St. Bonaventure's College. By doing this St. Bonaventure became a legal entity, which means that in the eyes of the law, the president or Custos of the Province could not be held personally responsible for a charge against the college.
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NAME: CASSINI, MAXIMUS (FR) (OSF)
OTHER NAMES/SPELLINGS: CASSINI, MASSIMO
DATE OF BIRTH: UNKNOWN
PLACE OF BIRTH: TUSCANY
RECEPTIONS INTO ORDER: UNKNOWN
DATE OF ORDINATION: UNKNOWN
WHERE ORDAINED: UNKNOWN
SERVED AT SBU: 1869-1872;1886-1888
SERVED/PRES: AUGUST 21,1869-1872
SERVED ELSEWHERE: 1882-1886 CREATED SEMINARY AT SYLVAN HEIGHTS, HARRISBURG, PA\ AUGUST 1871 APPOINTED VISITOR GENERAL TO THE CUSTODY\MAY 20,1870 MADE BOARD OF TRUSTEE-ST. FRANCIS MISSIONARY AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: DECISION MADE UNDER MAXIMUS ON MAY 26, 1870 AT THE ST. FRANCIS MISSIONARY AND BENEVOLENT SOCIETY TO INCORPORATE THE COLLEGE INTO A LEGAL BODY-THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED ON APRIL 17,1871
DEATH DATE: 1888\03\18
BURIAL PLACE: ALLEGANY, NEW YORK ( FRIARS PLOT )
LOCATION OF PHOTOS: ARCHIVES\FOUNDER'S ROOM
COLLECTION OF WORKS: St. Bonaventure Archives has several notebooks and transcripts from Fr. Maximus Cassini. The majority of the collection deals with theological or grammatical issues. The collection is in several different languages such as Italian, French, and Latin.
Angelo, Mark V., OFM. The History of St. Bonaventure University. St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute, 1961.
Hammon, Walter, OFM. The First Bonaventure Men. Paterson, NJ: St. Anthony Guild Press, 1958.
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Created 08/30/04 by Kevin
Last updated: 03/02/06