Passionist Father Philip Schaefer dies at age 92

Passionist Father Philip (Paul John) Schaefer died Nov. 28 at Nazareth Home in Louisville. He was 92.

Father Schaefer, a native of Pennsylvania, was ordained a priest in 1958. He studied theology, chemical engineering, business and counseling.

Prior to entering religious life, Father Schaefer served as a paratrooper in England, France and Japan during World War II. He also served as a teacher at Holy Family High School in Birmingham, Ala., from 1960-1968 and as principal from 1968-1975.

He led retreats in Cincinnati, served as campus minister at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and did pastoral work in Chicago and Detroit. He moved to Sacred Heart Monastery in Louisville in 2008.

Father Schaefer donated his body to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Dec. 2 at the Passionist Monastery in Louisville. He will be cremated and his remains will be buried at a later date at the Passionist Monastery in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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