Fr. Andre McGrath, OFM (1940-2018)


Fr. Andre McGrath was born Timothy Joseph McGrath to James William and Helen Rose (Olma) McGrath on April 20, 1940. He was the eldest of six children, four boys (Timothy, Joseph, James, Charles) and two girls (Mary and Theresa).

Fr. Andre traveled to complete his elementary education at St. Cajetan in Chicago, St. Charles in Coldwater, St. Augustine in Kalamazoo Michigan before moving to Alburquerque, NM, to finish at Bandelier. He attended St. Mary High School in Alberquerque, NM, before transferring to St. Francis Seminary in Cincinnati, OH. Andre is a graduate of Duns Scotus College in Southfield, MI, St. Leonard College, Centerville, OH, the University of Detroit, and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He did additional studies at the University of Tubingen, West Germany.

Fr. Andre joined the Franciscan Province of St. John the Baptist and was ordained a priest in 1967. After his ordination, he ministered at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IN; St. Leonard College; the Catholic University of America; Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati; St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, OH; and Tangaza College, Kenya.

On his return to the United States, Fr. Andre served as pastoral minister at St. Mary of the Angels in New Orleans, LA; instructor and Theologian at Greco Institute in Shreveport, LA; and then as pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Shreveport, LA.

Fr. Andre was called home to be with his Creator on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the friary of St. Mary of the Angels, New Orleans, LA.