Father Alphonse Kubat, 89

Father Alphonse M. Kubat, 89, of St. Paul, died on Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at Our Lady of Good Council Cancer Home.

Father Kubat was born on August 3, 1916, at Frydlant n. Ostr. Czechoslovakia (Moravia) to Frank and Anna (Kotouc) Kubat. His mother was a sister of Father Alphonse Kotouc, pastor of Heidelberg, where she was his housekeeper, but later returned back to Europe.

Father Kubat attended elementary school in Frydlant n. Ostr, graduated from Gymnasium in Kromeriz in 1935 and enrolled in Theological Seminary in Hradec Kralove (Bohemia) where he graduated in 1942 and was ordained June 28, 1942, by Bishop Moric Picha, D.D.

From 1942-1944, Father Kubat served as assistant pastor in Golcuv Jenikov and from 1944-1953, he served as church administrator in Luzany and Chotec. As a Catholic priest, he was imprisoned by the Communists for two years (1954-1955) at Kartouzy Prison in Valdice (Bohemia). After release from prison Father Kubat was not allowed to practice his priestly duties under the Communist rule, and was forced to work as a construction and factory worker in Czechoslovakia from 1956-1968.

A factory accident resulted with Father Kubat losing fingers from his left hand which caused him to be a disabled worker. After surgery and rehabilitation, and then special permission from the Bishop, he again returned to his priestly duties serving as an assistant in Vienna (Austria) from 1968-1969.

Father Kubat immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1969, landing in New York on June 2. He began his United States service to the church for six weeks in Veselyville, ND. He was then appointed Associate Pastor at St. Wenceslaus parish in New Prague from 1970-1974 under Fathers Charles C. Jirik and later Father Raymond Zweber.

On July 29, 1974, Father Alphonse M. Kubat proudly became a U.S. citizen. For the following 15 years he served as pastor at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli and also part of that time at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in New Market. Following that he spent two years at Most Holy Redeemer parish in Montgomery.

Father Kubat retired in 1991 to the Leo C. Byrne Residence diocesan retirement home in St. Paul.

He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Security Council, National Advisory Board, the Third Order of St. Francis, and served for 12 years as Auxiliary Chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis.

Father Kubat was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank Kubat, Ostrave-8 (Czechoslovakia); sister and brother-in-law, Marie A. (Vaclav) Drlikova, Frydlant n. Ostr (Czechoslovakia); and two older brothers in infancy.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Veseli.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with visitation at church one hour prior to the Mass.

Pallbearers will be Joe Trenda, Clarence Salaba, John Hertaus, George Novak, Arnie Shimota, Gene Simon, Butch Simon and Bernie Novak.

Interment will be in St. Scholastica Catholic Cemetery in Heidelberg, where he will be laid to rest next to his priest uncle, Father Alphonse Kotouc.

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