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Albert O'Brien, OFM

Albert O’Brien

1889 – 1937

Fr. Albert O’Brien, OFM, was born in Beverly, Mass., on Sept. 2, 1889. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the Province’s novitiate on Aug. 20, 1910.

He professed temporary vows Aug. 21, 1911, and made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 1, 1914. Fr. Albert was ordained a priest in St. Bonaventure Church, Paterson, N.J., on June 30, 1917.

For 20 years, Fr. Albert taught at St. Bonaventure College and Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., where as prefect, dean of philosophy, librarian, preacher, teacher,and author, he used his many gifts for the good of the Church and the Order. His students considered him to be brilliant, broadminded and fair.

At the time of his death, he was president of the Catholic Library Association, and he had already broken ground for a new $100,000 library at St. Bonaventure. He collected valuable books and paintings for the college’s library and furnished it with Native American rugs and pottery.

Fr. Albert wrote extensively and was a popular speaker whose eloquence attracted people from far and near. He was a kind and affable friar whose life touched friars and lay people alike, and he was blessed with countless friends. He founded St. Francis Summer School in Albuquerque, N.M.

He died on July 12, 1937, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Albuquerque after an accident. He was 47 years old, a professed friar for 25 years and a priest for 20 years.