Alphonsus A. Trabold, OFM
1925 – 2005
Fr. Alphonsus Trabold, OFM, was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Rochester, N.Y., and baptized Roger. In 1943, he entered St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., and was received into the Order two years later at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1949 and was ordained in 1951.
Following his ordination, Fr. Alphonsus served as an instructor at the Callicoon seminary for one year. He began serving at a small parish in New Bremen, N.Y., and in 1958, was transferred to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City. Two years later, Fr. Alphonsus began a 45-year career at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., where he taught theology and pastoral ministry. He was fascinated by the paranormal and was affectionately nicknamed “Spooks” by his students. He was a frequently consulted expert in the paranormal field.
He died April 5, 2005 at Olean, N.Y., General Hospital. Fr. Alphonsus was 79 years old, a professed friar for 58 years and a priest for 53 years.