Rev. John Bavaro, O.F.M.

8 juillet 19368 février 2021

Friar John Bavaro O.F.M., passed into eternal life at the age of 84 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston on Monday, February 8, 2021. Rev. Bavaro professed his first vows as a Franciscan in 1955, and was ordained a priest in 1963, Among his assignments during his years of ministry were provincial definitor, guardian, missionary in Central America, pastor, retreat director, and formator, including master of novices. He also studied Franciscan history and had a particular love for Franciscan studies. Rev. Bavaro is the loving son of the late Domenic and Virginia (Colarusso) Bavaro. Dear brother of Donald Bavaro and the late Anthony. Cherished uncle of Michael, Maria and husband Brian, Robin and husband Chris, Mark and wife Susie and David and wife Erin; great-uncle of Domenic, Bella, Sophia, George, Grace, Dominic and Lucas. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 8:30-10am in St. Leonard Church, 320 Hanover St., Boston with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10am. Services will conclude with interment in St. Francis Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception, 125 Thompson St, NY, NY 10012.


  • Morning Visitation

    samedi, 13 février , 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    samedi, 13 février , 2021

  • Burial

    samedi, 13 février , 2021


Rev. John Bavaro, O.F.M.


Irene de Repentigny

19 février , 2021

In November 2001, Blessed Sacrament Parish initiated a month of prayers for God's blessing on a new pastor, as were informed that our Capuchin Franciscans were to be re-assigned. The following month, we were notified that our new pastor would be Fr. John Bavaro, OFM, as of July 2002. We learned that Fr. John did not immediately accept this assignment, as he needed time to pray over it. Two activities led him to say yes, the Adoration Chapel and our Outreach to the Poor.

For 8 1/2 years, we were blessed to have him at our helm as pastor. In 2003, I had the honor of being named coordinator of the Adoration Chapel. In 2004, the large task of completing the "Unification" of St. Theresa's Church with our parish was accomplished. In 2007, Blessed Sacrament celebrated its 100th anniversary as a parish. Many other things were also done to enable us to become a welcoming parish and toward a deeper union with Our Lord in the Eucharist.

In 2011, due to sickness, Fr. John Bavaro was re-assigned by his Provincial, but he was so happy to know that Fr. John Bucchino, OFM was appointed as our new pastor. Thank you to the Order of Friars Minor who has given us two special Franciscan Priests. May Fr. John Bavaro rest in God's Holy Peace!

Roger & Janice Beaudin

13 février , 2021

After joining Blessed Sacrament when St Patrick Parish closed there were two Father John's, pastor Big John (Bavaro) and Little John (Bucchino) as they were known around the parish and of course Jake. When Big John was re-assigned Little John became our new pastor. We both send our deepest sympathy to Big John's family , he was a one of kind priest, God bless you Big John as we know you are with our Heavenly King this day.
Roger & Janice Beaudin

Susan Daneault

13 février , 2021

Blessing to your soul. When I became a Secular Franciscan I wanted to go to a parish which I felted accepted. I wrote a letter to Fr. Bavaro and asked permission to join Blessed Sacrament Church, for my Church St. Patrick on Coolidge St. was about to close. He wrote me back and told me since I was a Franciscan I belonged to Blessed Sacrament Church. This was the first time I felt I belonged anywhere. I enjoyed Jake also even when he rose too high to say hello. Thank you Fr. John for all you have done for your little Franciscans. Susan L. Daneault OFS

Arthur & Irene DesMeules

13 février , 2021

Fr. John: "You were a Priest's priest". Our sympathies go out to your family. Requiescat in pace!
Arthur and Irene DesMeules from Blessed Sacrament Church
in Manchester, N.H.

Steve Donohue

12 février , 2021

We at Blessed Sacrament were blessed to have Father John as our pastor. He reinforced our Parish's long-standing commitment to the poor and needy. He was not afraid to share his love of animals with the children in Faith Formation as he would visit classes with Jake. Most importantly, he brought the Gospel and Sacraments to us as an extension of his love of God and God's people.
Father John touched each member of our family supporting us in our joys and trials. He was a great listener. Each one of us are better because of Father John.

Marty Rogers

11 février , 2021

Fr.John was so wonderful to hundreds of kids from the South Bronx who came up to Andover for a week of fun at The Winners Camp for most of the 1980’s. Fr.John poured out generosity, fun and love on these boys who now as men have lifelong memories of the Winners Camp. Thank you to Fr.John, Mark, Susan,Tony, Dave and the whole Bavaro family. Fr. John showed us the simplicity, faith and possibility of St. Francis’ gospel path. We hold you in our hearts and prayers today Fr. John from the Bronx, N.Y.

Mike Garrity

11 février , 2021

Farther John. Bless you. You are the reason I became a Catholic at 40 years old. I thank you for all you did for me. Mike Garrity blessed sacrament church. Manchester new Hampshire

John Guidara

11 février , 2021

Father John (Jackie),
I’ll always remember you as a very special cousin to my late wife Donna, and a wonderful relative and caring friend to both of us and our children. You were always there for us and the whole Bavaro family. May you Rest In Peace now.
John Guidara and family

Lisa Siraco

11 février , 2021

Fr John has left huge footprints on the hearts and lives of so many people. He was a holy man. His gift was bringing the Gospel teachings to life and showing by example how to live our Christian faith. He was compassionate, especially for the poor and homeless, he loved children & animals (especially his Jake), his Franciscan brothers/teachings, his love of all things Italian (oh his cooking) & especially his love of his family made him a mentor to so many & left such an impact-especially on me. He was always so good to me and my family. My heart is sad for knowing I won't have the chance to hear his voice, his sage advice or great stories, but, he is so happy right now and pain free. To his family that he loved so much and was so proud of, we send our heartfelt condolences. Peace, Lisa & Michael

Trifone Family Trifone Family

10 février , 2021

Dear Bavaro Family, we send our sympathy and prayers to you for this good Franciscan priest. May the angels lead his soul to paradise.