Alfred Lawlor, OFM
Fr. Alfred Lawlor, OFM, was born July 10, 1908 in Waterbury, Conn. He graduated from St. Bonaventure College, Allegany, N.Y., in 1932, and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., later that year. He professed temporary vows in 1933, and made his solemn profession and was ordained in 1936.
During his 27 years as a priest, Fr. Alfred served in many of the Province’s ministries. His first assignment was to St. Bonaventure College, where he served on the faculty for a year before going to The Catholic University of America in Washington to pursue higher studies. Three years later, he was assigned to St. Patrick’s Parish in Buffalo, N.Y.
In 1947, Fr. Alfred went to Siena College to teach religion and philosophy during the crowded postwar years. He remained at Siena until 1954, after which he ministered at St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Denver, St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City, and St. Joseph Parish in Winsted, Conn.
He died on Dec. 27, 1963 in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mass. Fr. Alfred was 55 years old, a professed friar for 30 years, and a priest for 27 years. His older brother, Fr. Giles Lawlor, OFM, preceded him in death in 1949.