Friar Nevin Edwin Henry Hammon (1936 – 2024)

Fr. Nevin Edwin Henry Hammon, OFM Conv., 87, a Franciscan Friar of Our Lady of the Angels Province, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at Enfield, Conn.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Oct. 15, 1936, he was one of three sons born to Robert and Marie (nee Mautz) Hammon. Having grown up at Assumption Parish in Syracuse, Nevin entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans on Staten Island in 1951. He entered the Novitiate in Middleburg, N.Y., in 1956, making his first profession of vows on Aug.12, 1957.

Friar Nevin then went to Rome, studying at the Pontifical University of St. Bonaventure (“the Seraphicum”), where he earned his S.T.L. in 1963. During that time, he professed his solemn vows in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, on Dec. 11, 1960. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome, on Feb. 17, 1963. Friar Nevin continued his studies at Lateran University in Rome, completing his J.C.D. in 1968. He then returned to the United States, serving as professor of Canon Law at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y., a position he held until 1987.

From 1987-1991, Friar Nevin ministered as associate pastor and director of Adult Religious Education at St. John the Evangelist Parish in New York City.  Between 1991 and 1997, Friar Nevin resided in Syracuse while caring for his dying mother. Following his mother’s death and final disposition of her estate, he moved to Alabama, where he helped launch the seminary for the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, whose Constitutions and statutes he was responsible for composing.

In 1998, Friar Nevin returned to Rome, beginning a 13-year ministry as a confessor at the Vatican Penitentiary. During that time, in 2008, he was installed as a Papal Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. Returning again to the U.S. in 2012, he was first assigned in residence at Bridgeport, N.Y., before moving back to his native Syracuse. In 2022, his health beginning to fail, Friar Nevin transitioned to Our Lady of the Angels Care Center in Enfield where he remained until his death.

Visitation hours will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 2 p.m. to  4 p.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Care Center (1315 Enfield St., Enfield), with a Franciscan Wake Service at 4 p.m. Following a second viewing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at Assumption Church (812 N Salina St., Syracuse), followed by burial in Assumption Cemetery, Syracuse.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Franciscan Education Fund (12300 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City MD 21042).

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