Alvin V. Faddish, OFM
1936 – 2003
Fr. Alvin Faddish, OFM, was born Feb. 9, 1936 in McKeesport, Pa. He enrolled at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1953 and was received into the novitiate at Lafayette, N.J., in 1956, taking the name Brendan. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1960 and was ordained in 1963.
In 1964, Fr. Alvin was assigned as an assistant pastor at São Miguel do Araguaia, Brazil. From 1969 to 1972, he served as director, assistant director and professor at Colegio San Francisco in Anapolis, Brazil. He returned to Washington for one year in 1973 before serving as vice-principal at Colegio San Francisco.
He was assigned to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., in 1977. From 1979 to 1982, Fr. Alvin was a member of team ministry at St. Catherine of Bolgna in Ringwood, N.J. He was assigned to St. Anthony Shrine from 1983 to 1985 before transferring to St. Joseph Parish, West Milford, N.J. Fr. Alvin then served as parochial vicar at St. Bonaventure Parish, Paterson, N.J., for four years, beginning in 1987. From 1991 to 1999, he served as pastor and guardian. He was then appointed curator in Margate, N.J. Fr. Alvin also worked part-time in nearby parishes and served as chaplain for many pilgrimages to Rome and Israel. He also served as guardian of St. Anthony Residence, Boston.
He died there on Feb. 23, 2003. Fr. Alvin was 68 years old, a professed friar for 45 years and a priest for 39 years.