By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
December 5, 1865
Much has been written in this series about St. Bonaventure University’s second president, Fr. Diomede Falconio. However, many people might not know the circumstances around his appointment.
After entering the Franciscan Order at the age of 18, Fr. Diomede was forced to leave Italy because of anti-clericalism, which led to the overthrowing of the Papal States.
On this day, along with two Franciscan priests, Fr. Diomede arrived in the United States. He taught at Bonaventure for two years until 1867 when Fr. Pamfilo left the United States to return to Rome. Fr. Pamfilo had been in the States for nearly a decade, and he wished to return to his home. Upon making this decision, he left Fr. Diomede Falconio in charge of the school and the seminary.