Ambrose Haran, OFM
1914 – 1992
Fr. Ambrose Haran, OFM, was born on July 7, 1914 in Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1937. He professed temporary vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1941, and was ordained in 1943.
After a brief first assignment at St. Anthony Parish in Asheville, N.C., Fr. Ambrose began his lifetime work in academia as a professor of classical languages at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he also served as dean of men. From 1955 until declining health forced his retirement in 1980, Fr. Ambrose taught at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., where he also served as vice president of student affairs and moderator of athletics.
Upon his retirement, Fr. Ambrose lived at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J., and St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was known among the friars and students as a friar-gentleman who never spoke a harsh word to anyone. His warm presence, mild manner, and genuine care for others marked his ministry.
He died on Nov. 28, 1992 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Fr. Ambrose was 78 years old, a professed friar for 54 years and a priest for 49 years.