Those of us who were fortunate enough to know, love, and respect Father Darius DeVito, O.F.M. Cap., invite you to join with us in both joyful and sacrificial ministry. Inspired by the life of this humble and dedicated priest, mentor, and friend, who completed his earthly journey on July 9, 2013, we formed the Father Darius DeVito Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship supports the education of new priests in the mold of Fr. Darius. Please consider contributing! To learn more, read on. To make a donation, click HERE.
Born Joseph DeVito in 1931, Fr. Darius and his sisters Antoinette and Ellen grew up part of a Capuchin Franciscan parish in East New York, Brooklyn. He joined the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1949 and took his religious name, Darius, after a fourth-century martyr for his faith. Fr. Darius allowed God’s grace to mold him into a young man who knew his priorities and could not only articulate them confidently, but live them fully. Fr. Darius lived plainly, studied and worked happily, and was always of good cheer.
Ordained a priest in 1957, Darius served as Prefect at the Capuchin Preparatory Seminary where he taught mathematics, did just about everything else that needed doing, and celebrated Mass and preached in local parishes each weekend. He became Rector of the Seminary, worked in the Capuchin formation programs at Garrison, New York, and then in Novitiate communities in Milton, Massachusetts and Hudson, New Hampshire before ending up at St. Francis Friary back in Garrison, New York. While at St. Francis, Fr. Darius became the Guardian and was elected a Provincial Definitor. Eventually, Fr. Darius moved into St. Clare’s Friary in Yonkers, New York, in 1993, and became a core figure in the province’s effort to care for elder brothers needing living assistance.
Fr. Darius exemplified the mission of the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary. He lived the Gospel according to the Rule of St. Francis Assisi through service to others and to his fraternal friars. And he embraced and supported the needs of the diverse communities among whom he lived and ministered, responding to the needs of our time through service to the underserved of our church and society, the economically challenged, and the shunned and forgotten.
We propose to raise funds for a memorial scholarship in honor of Father Darius that will ensure our brotherhood expands to include new friars who embody the compassion and devotion of Fr. Darius. We ask for your support in establishing the Father Darius DeVito Memorial Scholarship Association to preserve the legacy and wisdom of this great man.
If you are interested in being involved with the project (and/or would like to share your thoughts about Father Darius, the project, or both), please click HERE.
If you would like to make a donation to the Father Darius Project, please click the image below.