Basilian Father Angelo Bovenzi, who taught French at Pittsford’s St. John Fisher College for several years and assisted in campus ministry there, died Nov. 3, 2008. He was 69.
Father Bovenzi was born in Rochester and was baptized at Holy Apostles Church. A 1956 graduate of Aquinas Institute, he professed his vows as a Basilian on Aug. 15, 1957.
He graduated from Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in 1964, and he studied theology at St. Basil’s Seminary in Toronto and at St. Sulpice in Paris.
He was ordained Dec. 9, 1967, at Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral by Bishop Fulton Sheen.
He taught at Catholic Central High School in Detroit, Mich., (1968-71 and 1972-74) and worked in campus ministry at Assumption University for many years from 1964-83.
He worked at St. John Fisher College as a campus minister and French teacher from 1983-85, and he returned there to work as a campus-ministry assistant from 2000-07. He was first assistant to the Basilian General council from 1985-89 and a campus minister at Holy Spirit Parish and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, from 1990-2000.
Surviving are his brother, Patrick (Lena, Sadie) Bovenzi; his sisters, Rose Marie (Howard) Moranz, Josephine Belluscio and Margaret Romei; several nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren; close friend, Carmen Sprovieri; his fellow priests in the order; and his friends at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford.
Visitation and a vigil service were Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the motherhouse, where his funeral Mass was celebrated the following day. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 150 French Road, Pittsford, NY 14618.