Charles E. Bauman, O.S.A.

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1901 – 1979 (June 30)

Charles Edward Bauman was born on October 22, 1901 on a farm in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. On September 10, 1917, he entered Saint Rita’s Hall, Villanova, graduating in June, 1920. On June 27, of the same year he entered the novitiate at Villanova and made his first profession of vows on June 28, 1921. After studies at Villanova College which were completed in June, 1920, Charles began theological studies there. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul by Bishop Crane on June 11, 1927. Another year of theological studies was completed in Washington, DC, where, at the same time, he attended the Catholic University. In June, 1928 he received a Master of Arts degree in Sociology.

Father Bauman contributed the early years of his priestly ministry to the field of secondary education. He taught chemistry, biology, and physics at Malvern Prep School from 1928 to 1930, at Villanova Prep in Ojai, California, from 1930 to 1932, and at Saint Augustine High School, San Diego, from 1932 to 1935. He returned to Ojai for one year, and then was assigned to Saint Rita High School in Chicago for the 1936-1937 year.

In 1937 Father Bauman was assigned as a pastoral assistant at our Mother of Consolation parish, Chestnut Hill, Pa. For three years during World War II he offered distinguished service as a Chaplain with the U.S. Marine Corps. He later served as pastor at Saint Patrick Parish, Cambridge, New York from 1948 to 1956, at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Jamaica, N.Y. from 1956 to 1962, and at Saint Joseph, Greenwich, from 1962 to 1972. He also served as prior of each of these Augustinian communities between 1948 and 1971.

Because of failing health Father Bauman retired on June 1, 1972 and lived in retirement in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He died there on June 30, 1979. He is buried in the community plot cemetery at Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.