By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
The Rev. Alphonsus Trabold, O.F.M., was born in Rochester on Aug. 19, 1925. From the minute he was young, he had a keen interest in the paranormal. He joined the Franciscan order in 1951 and sought to integrate his two passions – Christ and the paranormal.
He taught many classes in this area during his time at St. Bonaventure University. He – only half-jokingly—always left the front row of seats open in his “spooks class” in case any spirits wanted to sit in.
He was known internationally in his field and wrote numerous articles and even contributed to some novels. He had been consulted by professionals on many paranormal cases, including the events that inspired the 1979 movie The Amityville Horror.
“I suppose all kids kind of have an interest in the scary and the occult,” he said in a 2003 interview. “I’ve been interested in magic and witchcraft and the occult, both from the point of view of the paranormal powers and history.”
“He was an incredible friar and was an absolute joy to live with,” said the Rev. Thomas Blow, guardian of the St. Bonaventure friary. “His gifts of storytelling and his experience in the field of dealing with the paranormal will always be remembered. He helped shape our local community, as do all friars, into who we are. We will definitely miss him and his wonderful, gentle presence.”
Fr. Alphonsus passed away on this day. He was 79.