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Fr Boniface Goldhausen
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1880
Death: Jan. 17, 1971

"In Tribute To Our Father Boniface - Given On The Eve Of His Burial - January 19, 1971 : On the 14th of July, the Feast of Saint Bonaventure, Father Boniface would have celebrated his seventy-third anniversary in the Capuchin Order. No Capuchin from the beginning of our first American foundation at Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin in 1857 until the present has ever worn the brown robe and sandals of the Order for so long. Yet Father Boniface's long years of service alone are of no great consequence. What matters is the use to which this saintly priest put the years that God gave him."

Alois Goldhausen was born in Dernbach, Germany, on August 4, 1880, to John and Anna Zimmermann Goldhausen. At the age of 15, he moved to the United States and attended Saint Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin. He entered the Capuchin Novitiate on July 14, 1898, and was ordained to the Priesthood on July 14, 1905. His first assignment was to St. Francis Parish in Milwaukee, where he served as an Assistant for two years.

In 1907, Father Boniface was assigned to teach at Saint Lawrence Seminary, at Mt. Calvary, as a Professor of Mathematics, where he taught until 1936. During those twenty nine years, he also served as Pastor of the neighbouring Church of Saint Joseph and from 1927 to 1933, as the Guardian of the Community at Mt. Calvary. For one year Fr. Boniface served as a Retreat Master at Mt. Alverno Retreat House, Appleton, Wisconsin. From 1937 until 1940, he was stationed at St. Felix Novitiate in Huntington, Indiana.

In 1942, Fr. Boniface was appointed an Assistant at the Monastery Church of the Sacred Heart, Yonkers, New York. He remained there until 1950. Fr. Boniface was well known in Yonkers for his preaching and especially as a Confessor. People came from far and wide to seek his spiritual advice in the confessional.

Father Boniface was transferred to Mary Immaculate, Garrison, NY in 1950. For twenty one years he served as Confessor to the Priests and Seminarians.

Fr. Boniface Goldhausen, 90, the oldest Capuchin Priest in the United States, died unexpectedly in the Peekskill New York Hospital in the morning of Sunday, January 17, 1971. He had been hospitalized for about two weeks with a broken hip which brought on a bout of pneumonia. Fr. Boniface underwent surgery on the afternoon of January 16, and died the following morning.

A Mass of the Resurrection was offered at Sacred Heart Church, Yonkers on January 20, 1971, at 11.00 am. Principal concelebrants were Bishop Joseph M. Pernicone; Fr. Dacian Dee, Provincial; Fr. Paul Steffan, Vicar Provincial; and Fr. Jordan Sullivan, Definitor. The Eulogy was offered by Fr. Warren Smithbower. 
 
Burial:
Province of Saint Mary Cemetery
Yonkers
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Sep 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59369701
Fr Boniface Goldhausen
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Fr Boniface Goldhausen
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Rest In Peace, Father Boniface!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Nov. 5, 2012
 
 
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