Antonine Buch, OFM
1869 – 1927
Fr. Antonine Buch, OFM, was born in Gronau, Germany, on Nov. 27, 1869. He entered the friars Jan. 1, 1888, and professed temporary vows on Jan. 6, 1889. Fr. Antonine made his profession of solemn vows Jan. 7, 1892, and was ordained a priest June 30, 1894.
Two years after his ordination, Fr. Antonine came to St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y., with the first group of clerics assigned to study there. During his five years in Croghan he was an excellent pastor and did much to beautify the church.
With the exception of three years as guardian of the St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., from 1913 to 1916, he was stationed at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., from 1901 to 1922. He was the second rector of the seminary, a position he filled for 17 years. During his term, the greater part of the seminary was built.
He was a councilor of the Province, and guardian in Croghan. Fr. Antonine died in the St Stephen Friary on June 2, 1927. He was 57 years old, a professed friar for 38 years and a priest for almost 33 years.