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Rev Fr Alvin Richard Burggraff

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Rev Fr Alvin Richard Burggraff

Birth
Humboldt, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Death
25 Sep 1996 (aged 84)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial
Oak Ridge, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA GPS-Latitude: 41.0265889, Longitude: -74.5151361
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Father Alvin Burggraff, CSP, was born in Humboldt, South Dakota, on April 21, 1912. He went to local schools, and at the age of 15 he entered the minor seminary of the Paulist Fathers in Baltimore. When his uncle, Father Aloysius Burggraff, CSP, was appointed first superior of the minor seminary in 1927, the family sold the farm and moved to Baltimore. There at the minor seminary, Alvin's father became the caretaker and his mother the cook.

Upon completing the six-year program, Alvin entered the Paulist novitiate and was professed on September 3, 1934. At Saint Paul's College in Washington he rejoined his father who was now the engineer-caretaker; and soon his "Uncle Allie" also arrived in Washington to study for his doctorate, teach, and eventually become superior. Alvin was ordained a Catholic priest on December 20, 1940, in what was the largest class up to that time and included Fathers John Carr, Bud Gouch, Jack O'Keefe, Russ Ryan, and Charlie Donovan.

After brief assignments as assistant in Paulist foundations in Toronto, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Chicago and Austin, Father Burggraff returned to Baltimore in 1949 to teach Latin and Greek at the newly constituted Paulist faculty of St. Peter's College.

Twelve years later he served as parish assistant first at Portland, Oregon, and then at Los Angeles, before his final move in 1967 to St. Lawrence parish in Minneapolis where he spent the rest of his life, almost thirty years.

Even after entering senior ministry status in 1979, he continued to serve as a chaplain at Hennepin County Hospital and St. Mary's. When the snow was too deep, he got someone with a jeep to drive him. He gleefully related the story of once being stopped for speeding on the way to the hospital; probably someone was dying. The patrolman came up to his car, book in hand and ready to write a ticket. Father Burgraff looked at him and said, "I know you; I officiated at your wedding ten years ago." What could the policeman do but wave him on, cautioning him to slow down.

Remembered as an "encyclopedia of people," who had stories about every parishioner and Paulist he had ever met, Father Burggraff died in Minneapolis at the age of 84 after 56 years as a Paulist priest.


Father Alvin Burggraff, CSP, was born in Humboldt, South Dakota, on April 21, 1912. He went to local schools, and at the age of 15 he entered the minor seminary of the Paulist Fathers in Baltimore. When his uncle, Father Aloysius Burggraff, CSP, was appointed first superior of the minor seminary in 1927, the family sold the farm and moved to Baltimore. There at the minor seminary, Alvin's father became the caretaker and his mother the cook.

Upon completing the six-year program, Alvin entered the Paulist novitiate and was professed on September 3, 1934. At Saint Paul's College in Washington he rejoined his father who was now the engineer-caretaker; and soon his "Uncle Allie" also arrived in Washington to study for his doctorate, teach, and eventually become superior. Alvin was ordained a Catholic priest on December 20, 1940, in what was the largest class up to that time and included Fathers John Carr, Bud Gouch, Jack O'Keefe, Russ Ryan, and Charlie Donovan.

After brief assignments as assistant in Paulist foundations in Toronto, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Chicago and Austin, Father Burggraff returned to Baltimore in 1949 to teach Latin and Greek at the newly constituted Paulist faculty of St. Peter's College.

Twelve years later he served as parish assistant first at Portland, Oregon, and then at Los Angeles, before his final move in 1967 to St. Lawrence parish in Minneapolis where he spent the rest of his life, almost thirty years.

Even after entering senior ministry status in 1979, he continued to serve as a chaplain at Hennepin County Hospital and St. Mary's. When the snow was too deep, he got someone with a jeep to drive him. He gleefully related the story of once being stopped for speeding on the way to the hospital; probably someone was dying. The patrolman came up to his car, book in hand and ready to write a ticket. Father Burgraff looked at him and said, "I know you; I officiated at your wedding ten years ago." What could the policeman do but wave him on, cautioning him to slow down.

Remembered as an "encyclopedia of people," who had stories about every parishioner and Paulist he had ever met, Father Burggraff died in Minneapolis at the age of 84 after 56 years as a Paulist priest.




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