Vjekoslav (Vinko) Aloysius Bambir
Vjekoslav was born in Uskoplje, Herzegovina March 10, 1916.
He completed grade school in Zenica and continued his studies
at Siroki Brijeg. In 1934 Fr. Vjekoslav took his first
vows in the novitiate in Humac. He continued his theological
studies in Mostar where he was ordained a priest June 16, 1940.
After his ordination he continued his studies in Canon Law and
in 1945 received his doctorate at the Antonianum in Rome. He
came to the USA on April 17, 1946 where he pursued his pastoral
work as the assistant pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Hanover,
Pa. (1946-47), at Our Lady of Carmel Church in Carmel, Pa. (1947-1948),
at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Harrisburg, Pa. (1948-1950),
St. Augustine's Parish in West Allis (1950-1955) and then as
pastor (1955-1967). Fr. Vjekoslav was also the assistant pastor
and then pastor at St. Joseph's Church in St. Louis from 1979-1991.
He held many positions within the Custody. Fr. Vjekoslav was
Custos from 1967-1973, the superior at St. Francis Friary in
Gulf Breeze from 1973-1977 and as of today holds the position
of procurator of the Custody. He has been on the Custodial Board
three times (1958-1963; 1979-1982, 1985-1988). His publications
include the following: Biography of Fr. Blaz Jerkovic (1952);
History of St. Augustine's Parish (West Allis, 1953); "Croatian
Franciscan Custody of the Holy Family in the USA and Canada"
in Schematismus of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province in
Mostar (1977) and History of St. Joseph's Parish (St. Louis,
Fr. Aloysius died on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. The Funeral Mass was celebrated
on January 5, 2010 and he was buried in Holy Sepulchre
Cemetery in Chicago.
May Father Vjeko rest in God’s peace!