Rochester Churches Cayuga County
St. Alphonsus


Location: Cayuga County, Auburn
Address: 85 E. Genesee St. Map
Parish formed: May 5, 1853
Present church built: Dec. 21, 1930
Present affiliation: Parish
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  • Fr. Jacob Kunze, Aug. 1853
  • Redemptorist priests from St. Joseph in Rochester, 1853-1869
  • Fr. Charles A. Vogel, 1869-Aug. 6, 1874
  • Fr. Constantin Ulrich, Aug. 6, 1874-June 1887
  • Fr. Joseph Netzel, June 1887-1896
  • Fr. Herbert Regenbogen, 1896-Jan. 17, 1924 [upon death]
  • Msgr. Frederick G. Straub, July 1, 1924-1958 [upon retirement]
  • Fr. Francis C. Waterstraat, 1958-1962
  • Fr. John M. Merklinger, July 17, 1962-June 25, 1969 [upon retirement]
  • Fr. Raymond M. Wuest, June 25, 1969-May 1973 [resigned for health reasons]
  • Msgr. Joseph G. Gefell, June 27, 1973-June 23, 1976
  • Fr. Edwin R. Wedow, June 23, 1976-June 28, 1978 [Administrator]
  • Fr. Clarence W. Gardner, June 28, 1978-June 1986 [upon retirement]
  • Foster P. Rogers, June 1986-June 23, 1998
  • Fr. Louis A. Vasile, June 23, 1998-June 30, 2015 [upon retirement]
  • Fr. Timothy L. Niven, June 30, 2015-present


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