Thomas Albert, OFM
1905 – 1968
Fr. Thomas Albert, OFM, was born Nov. 1, 1905 in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduation from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1932. Fr. Thomas professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1936 and was ordained in 1939.
He was one of the pioneer friars in the missions of the southern United States. Fr. Thomas’s first assignment was to St. Richard Parish, Emporia, Va. Following assistantships at St. Mary’s Parish, Americus, Ga., and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City, he was appointed pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish in Clarksville, Va., in 1947.
Fr. Thomas later served as pastor of St. Mary’s Parish and as praeses of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Greenville, S.C. He also did pastoral ministry in Pensacola, Fla., and Thomasville, Ga. In 1965, he transferred to Buffalo, N.Y.
He died there on March 23, 1968. Fr. Thomas was 62 years old, a professed friar for 34 years and a priest for 28 years.