Adolfo Toccafondi, O.S.A.

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1919 – 1973 (December 19)

Adolfo Toccafondi was born on September 23, 1919, in San Quirico di Vernio, near Florence, Italy, one of ten children of Gennaro Toccafondi and Emma Simoni. He professed first vows in the Order on October 10, 1935 and was affiliated to the Etrurian Province. He was solemnly professed on December 24, 1941. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 4, 1942 in our Church of Santo Spirito in Florence

Father Toccafondi ministered in various parishes and houses of his Province as teacher and Master of Professed. He also served four times as definitor, and was a musician and composer of religious music. 

Father Adolph came to the United States in 1959 and was assigned to the Church of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, Philadelphia. From 1964 to 1967 he was prior at Our Lady of Pompeii in East Vineland, New Jersey, after which he returned to Saint Nicholas. During the last three years of his life, he suffered various health complications and after two urgent surgeries he died suddenly on the morning of December 19, 1973, at the age of 54. 

His funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, after which he was buried in the Augustinian Plot of Saint Mary’s Cemetery, East Vineland, NJ.