Fr. Ambrose A. Donehue, O.F.M.

Fr. Ambrose Donehue photoFr. Ambrose A. Donehue, O.F.M. was born in Brady Maternity Hospital on August 23, 1923 and was baptized there three days later. He was baptized Edward Esmond Donehue. His family was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Albany, where he served as an altar boy. He went through Vincentian Institute grade school and high school.

In 1941 Edward graduated from VI and that September he entered Siena College. In 1942 he went to the Franciscan Minor Seminary at Callicoon, New York. At his reception into the novitiate he was given the name Ambrose. He was ordained a priest in 1951.

In 1953 Ambrose volunteered to be a Missionary to Japan. He stayed until November 1971. In 1972 he was sent to be a Chaplain in a Franciscan hospital in Tampa, Florida. During those 24 years he also became an assistant at Incarnation Parish. In 1996-1997 he was transferred to St. Francis Chapel and City Mission in Providence Rhode Island.

In 2004 he came back to his home town of Albany, New York where his sister Roberta Ryan lives. He requested to live at Siena Friary and work at St. Francis Chapel.  He arrived at Siena on June 9, 2004