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Father Efrem Trettel, OFM
March 6th, 2017

Franciscan Father Efrem Trettel, best remembered for his television Masses on Apostolato Radio Christiana which he personally created and produced for 43 years, died Jan. 20 at the Mercy Care and Retirement Center in Oakland. He was 96 years old and served 77 years professed and 73 years ordained.


Father Trettel was a friar from the Province in Trent, Italy, where he was born on May 17, 1921. He came to San Francisco in 1953.


Services were held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, with burial next to his brother, Franciscan Father Flavio Trettel.


“Friar Guglielmo Lauriola preached the homily in Italian before a large crowd, and was accompanied at the altar by 10 other priests, including a Salesian friend from Efrem’s native city of Trent,” Franciscan Father Tom West said in recalling the service. “In honor of Efrem’s television ministry to the Italian-speaking community, San Francisco’s Channel 26 announced that the last of his ‘Seeds of Love’ ferverinos would be aired on Jan. 29. Friars in attendance included Martín Ibarra, Tom West, John Gutierrez, Dennis Duffy, and Louie Vitale.”


The Trentini nel Mondo Association stated: “We participate with sadness and emotion at the sorrow for the death of Father Efrem. An extraordinary person. With his intense communications activity, by radio and television, he had become a pillar of the Trentino (and Italian) community of San Francisco. He was a charismatic man, a religious who personified the teachings of St. Francesco, a sensitive and versatile artist, an example of humanity and brotherhood, a Trentino of which all of us can be proud. He left a huge hole on the two sides of the ocean, but we preserve forever the memory of his activity and his personality.”


From March 9, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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