Fr. Ambrose A. Donehue

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Donehue, Fr. Ambrose O.F.M. RINGWOOD, N.J. Fr. Ambrose A. Donehue, O.F.M., 90, a professed Franciscan friar for 67 years and a priest of 62 years, died on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. Fr. Donehue was born on August 23, 1923, in Albany to Edward and Mary (nee: Esmond) Donehue. He was baptized Edward Esmond on September 2, 1923, at Maternity Hospital and Infant Home, Albany. He attended the Vincentian Institute Elementary School, and graduated in 1941 from Vincentian Institute High School in Albany. Upon graduation, he entered Siena College, Loudonville, attending from 1941 to 1942. Fr. Donehue studied at St. Joseph Seminary from 1942 to 1945, and then entered the novitiate in Paterson, N.J., where he received the religious name Ambrose Anthony at the time of his reception into the Order on August 13, 1945. A year later, he professed his first vows there on August 14, 1946. He undertook his philosophy studies in Croghan, and in Butler, N.J. He went to Holy Name College, Washington, D.C., for his theological studies. Fr. Donehue professed his final vows there on September 17, 1949, and on June 29, 1951, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Mount St. Sepulchre Friary Chapel, Washington, D.C., by Bishop John McNamara. Upon ordination, he was assigned to St. Stephen of Hungary Parish on 82nd Street in New York City. Two years later, Fr. Donehue volunteered to be a missionary to Japan, first attending a language school in Tokyo from 1953 to 1954 and then serving as pastor of various parishes from 1955 to 1971. His next assignment, 1972 to 1994, was chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital and parochial vicar at Incarnation Church, both in Tampa, Fla. From 1996 to 1997, he was parochial vicar at St. Camillus Parish, Silver Spring, Md., and pastoral associate at St. Francis Chapel, Providence, R.I., from 1997 to 2004. In June 2004, he returned to his hometown of Albany, where he resided at St. Bernardine of Siena Friary in Loudonville, and ministered at St. Francis Chapel, Colonie. On January 17, 2014, he retired to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 there will be a viewing from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis Chapel, Wolf Road Shoppers Park, 145 Wolf Road, Colonie prior to the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. The interment will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Fr. Donehue is survived by his sister, Roberta Ryan of Albany; nephew, Peter Arend of Baltimore; and niece, Victoria Johnson of New York, N.Y. Condolences may be addressed to Mrs. Roberta Ryan, c/o Siena College Friary, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

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Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 22, 2014