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Rev. Daniel Simeon Marro, O. Carm.

May 17, 1930 March 18, 2020
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Reverend Daniel Simeon Marro, O. Carm.

Born in the Bronx, NY on May 17, 1930
Professed First Vows in the Order of Carmelites, on September 8, 1950
Professed Solemn Vows on September 12, 1953
Ordained to the Priesthood on May 28, 1955
Died on March 18, 2020


Reverend Simeon Marro, O.Carm, a member of the Order of Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, died on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 after some months of ill health and a brief stay in the St. Andrew’s Village Home in Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was 89 years old.

Father Simeon was born in the Bronx, NY on May 17, 1930 to Salvatore and Agnes Ferranti Marro, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his sister Marie and is survived by his brother Salvatore and several nieces and nephews,

After some time spent studying Latin and preparing for the novitiate at St. Albert’s Priory, Father Simeon entered the novitiate and professed his first vows of obedience, poverty and chastity on September 8, 1950 at Mount Carmel Priory in Auburn, NY. He professed his Solemn Vows on September 12, 1953 at St. Albert’s in Middletown, NY and was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1955 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Father Simeon studied theology at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, D.C. and attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY following his solemn profession, earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1955. After his ordination, Father Simeon taught at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, PA and Mount Carmel High School in Auburn, NY from 1955 to 1962 as well as in the novitiate community at Mt. Carmel in Williamstown. From 1962-63 and from 1964-1967, he was a member of the Carmelite International Hermitage in Wolfnitz, Austria. Upon his return to the United States, he was stationed at Mt. Carmel Novitiate in Williamstown and assisted in one of the parishes in North Adams, Massachusetts.
In March 1970, Father Simeon along with Father Bede Mulligan founded Mount Carmel Hermitage in New Florence in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In December 1999 this hermitage was moved to a better site a few miles away near Bolivar.
The Hermits write: “Following the Rule of St Albert, our (Hermetical) life is one of prayerful solitude and silence tempered by certain elements of communal life. The Mass, Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) are sung daily in Gregorian chant, so conducive to contemplative prayer. The other parts of the Liturgy of the Hours, including the Vigil (Office of Readings) during the night or very early in the morning, are normally prayed by each hermit alone. Meals are eaten sometimes together and sometimes privately. There is no habitual external pastoral ministry. Those hermits who are priests occasionally give conferences to cloistered nuns or to secular Lay Carmelites. When necessary, they may offer Mass and hear confessions in the local parish church.”
Father Simeon’s ministerial involvements included the occasional retreat or conference for various Carmelite groups, and assisting at Mass and in the catechetical program of the local parish of Seward – New Florence. He was well-loved and respected in the Catholic community.

A dedicated, faithful and hard-working Carmelite, Father Simeon Marro, O.Carm. was a professed member of the Carmelite Order for 69 years and would have celebrated his 65th Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood on May 28, 2020. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral Services for Rev. Simeon Marro, O.Carm., will be conducted within the Carmelite Community.

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