RINGWOOD, N.J. – Father Matthew T. Conlin, a Franciscan friar who was pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington for five years, died April 14 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 92 and had been a Franciscan for 70 years, a priest for 66.
Father Conlin was the pastor at St. Paul’s from 1991-96. After his ordination in 1945, he spent the next 34 years in higher education, primarily at Siena College, including serving as president from 1970-76. He also served in administration for the Holy Name Province, as a prison chaplain and in parish ministry. He also helped found Anthony Houses Inc., residences for the needy based in Jersey City, N.J.