Rev. Charles Baraus, Class of 1970 – Posthumous

Fr. Buraus dedicated his life to God and to spreading His word among His faithful throughout the world as a member of the Maryknoll Missionaries. An honor student at Farrell, he began to take an active interest in literary publication, historical clubs, the Red Cross and CYO activities while in school. He also found time to volunteer at Sea View Hospital and Home. During this time he developed lasting friendships and a love for people and working with people.

He went on to complete four years of study at Douglaston Cathedral College in Queens, and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. More importantly, however, he found a love of prayer and a social consciousness to go out to persons suffering physically. He entered Maryknoll Novitiate in 1974 and pursued his theological studies at Maryknoll Seminary in New York. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree he was ordained a priest in 1981.

Assigned to the Maryknoll Mission Region in Japan, he took up pastoral ministry in the Kyoto Diocese, then went on to become director of the Maryknoll Center House in Tokyo as well as assistant regional superior and financial accountant for the Maryknoll Region. He was appointed pastor of the St. Teresa Catholic Church in Fushimi in Kyoto. A diabetic since childhood, he refused all attempts to reassign him to a less stressful post. He suffered a diabetic coma and died on Sept. 98, 1992 in Japan. He was 40 years of age.