Teodoro Olazaran Larrinaga, O.S.A.

1902 – 1955 (February 14)

Teodoro Olazaran Larrinaga was born in Durango, Spain, on April 28, 1902, one of two sons and three daughters of Juan Olazaran and Maria de Larrinaga. He was received into the novitiate on September 16, 1917 and professed simple vows on September 18, 1918 for the Province of Castille. He made solemn profession on October 14, 1923, and was ordained to the priesthood on August 21, 1926, in Leon, Spain.

Father Teodoro served as musical director and organist in various communities in Spain. In September 1931 he departed for missionary work in Puerto Rico, and in December 1931, was assigned as an assistant at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, South Philadelphia. In May 1933, he was designated an assistant at the mission church of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Philadelphia, and in January 1935, was transferred to Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Dobbs Ferry, New York. Among his labors in each of the parishes where he ministered, was his service as an accomplished musician and choir director. 

On February 11, 1955, he was assigned to Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Philadelphia. Three days later he died suddenly from a fall from the roof of the friary, which doctors at Saint Agnes Hospital judged was the result of a heart attack. 

Father Teodoro was buried on February 17, 1955, in the community cemetery at Villanova according to the wishes of the then Commissary Provincial, Father Henry Greenlee, O.S.A.