Ambrose Buckingham, OFM
1913 – 1986
Fr. Ambrose Buckingham, OFM, was born June 8, 1913 in Croghan, N.Y. In 1933, he completed his studies in Lowville, N.Y., and received a teaching certificate. He was a schoolteacher for three years before entering St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y. In 1940, he was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., and professed his temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1944 and was ordained a priest in 1946.
Following his ordination, Fr. Ambrose taught at Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, N.Y., for seven years. In 1954, he was assigned to St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., where he taught business, English, typing and theology. He became the assistant registrar and then registrar. In 1966, he suffered a severe stroke and was placed in the Provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure, living a hidden life of suffering for the next 20 years.
Fr. Ambrose was a cheerful friar who was outgoing and friendly, and enjoyed excellent rapport with his students. Among the friars, he was direct, straightforward and enjoyable company. During his illness, Fr. Ambrose maintained his sense of humor and displayed patience throughout two decades of infirmary life. In 1986, the friars in the Provincial infirmary were moved to Mount Alverno Center, Warwick, N.Y.
He died in Warwick on Sept. 24, 1986. Fr. Ambrose was 73 years old, a professed friar for 45 years and a priest for 40 years.