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Official Obituary of

Father R. Stephen Almagno

March 1, 2024

Father R. Stephen Almagno Obituary

Father R. Stephen Almagno died on Friday, March 1, 2024 in New York City. He was a

Friar-priest of the Franciscan Order and professor emeritus of the University

of Pittsburgh. At his death, Fr. Almagno was 84 years old, 67 years a

Franciscan, and 59 years a priest. Before retiring his final assignment was 6

years on the staff of the Franciscan Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, New

York. Prior to that he was for 30 years a professor at the University of

Pittsburgh. He was superior of the Franciscan Holy Land Monastery,

Washington, DC and taught at Catholic University. Before that, he worked in

Rome at the International Franciscan-Dominican Research Center. In

retirement he lived at the Mary Manning Walsh Home in New York City.

Professor, lecturer, and author, he conducted many parish missions and

retreats (especially for bishops, priests and religious) throughout the United

States, Canada, Central-South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In

the 1970s and 1980s he preached more than 40 Lenten retreats in various

parishes throughout the Diocese of Providence. A specialist in the life and

thought of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, he was one of the founding members of

the American Teilhard Association and had written and lectured extensively

on Teilhard. He was appointed literary executor for the late Cardinal John

Wright and published with the Ignatius Press 7 volumes from Wright papers.

Visitation will be on April 3 at Nardolillo Funeral Home in Cranston, RI from

5:00 - 8:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on  April 4 in St.

Bartholomew Church at 11am followed by burial in the Almagno Family plot at

St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. Fr. Almagno was preceded in death by his

parents, Stephen Almagno and Theresa LaFazia Almagno, and his brother

Joseph Almagno. Fr. Almagno is survived by his sister-in-law, Marie Almagno,

his niece Dr. Stephanie Almagno, her husband Rodolfo Valadez, and their

daughter Isabella Valadez, and by his nephew Stephen Almagno, his wife

Cindy, and their children, Jenna and Christian. Memorials may be sent in

honor of Fr. Stephen Almagno, OFM to the National Institute for Newman

Studies. 211 North Dithridge Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

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