Father AmbrusoMarianist teacherThe Rev. Michael F...

May 25, 1994

Father Ambruso

Marianist teacher

The Rev. Michael F. Ambruso, S.M., chaplain, campus minister and teacher at Cardinal Gibbons School, died Saturday after a heart attack at the Marianist Provincial House on Roland Avenue. He was 53.

Father Ambruso taught religion, Latin and English. He joined the staff at Cardinal Gibbons after his ordination in 1970 and remained there for two years. He returned in 1976.

From 1972 to 1973, he was liturgy director and coordinator of adult education for St. Jerome's Parish. He was chaplain at Villa Maria Home for Children in Timonium from 1973 to 1974, then, for two years, director of the program for aspirants of the New York Province of the Society of Mary, with headquarters on Roland Avenue.

A native of Philadelphia, he entered the postulancy of the Society of Mary in 1957. He took his first vows as a Marianist brother in 1960 and his perpetual vows in 1964. He was ordained in 1970.

He was a graduate of the University of Dayton and earned master's degrees in divinity and historical theology and liturgy at St. Louis University. He also studied liturgy at Notre Dame University.

He taught at Chaminade High School in Hollywood, Fla., from 1963 to 1966, when he began studies for the priesthood at the Marianist International Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, and at the old Marianist Seminary in St. Louis.

He was known for his interest in liturgy and was master of ceremonies at most provincial liturgical gatherings. He had a special interest in Orthodox liturgy.

He was director of Marianist communities in the Baltimore area and often was asked to officiate at the weddings of former students.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in the auditorium of Cardinal Gibbons School, Wilkens and Caton avenues.

He is survived by a sister, Kathleen Ambruso Cranston of Philadelphia.

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