a priest forever

Especially for those in the Twin Cities: I received word from Greg Smisek via his Got Culture e-mail list that Monsignor Schuler passed away yesterday. Of course, most of you probably receive Greg’s e-mails, but in case, I’m reprinting it below.

I didn’t know Monsignor Schuler well, but a good number of friends of mine did, including a good number of men that have gone on to become priests in the Archdiocese of St Paul and Mpls. Other friends were in his Latin schola, and spoke of him fondly. His love for the Church, the liturgy and sacred music are known far beyond the Twin Cities area. Amy Welborn’s post today includes some links to Catholic bloggers who have been sharing their memories of this well-loved priest.


Monsignor Richard J. Schuler, former pastor of St. Agnes, faithful priest, lover of Christ and His Church, and ardent promoter of the sacred liturgy, the patrimony of sacred music, and priestly vocations, has passed on to his eternal reward.

From the St. Agnes website:

Monsignor Richard J. Schuler, Pastor Emeritus of The Church of Saint Agnes, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday April 20, 2007.

A wake will be held Monday, April 23, from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Church of St. Agnes. Latin Vespers will be sung at 8:00 PM.

Funeral Mass
The Funeral Mass for Monsignor Richard J. Schuler will be celebrated at 7:00 PM on Tuesday April 24, 2007 at The Church of Saint Agnes, 548 Lafond Ave. St. Paul, MN. Members of The Twin City Catholic Chorale will be singing W.A. Mozart’s Requiem Mass, along with an orchestral accompaniment.

From the Pioneer Press obituaries (4/21/07):

Schuler, Rev. Msgr. Richard J. Age 86 Of St. Paul Died April 20. Visitation 3-9 PM Monday at the Church of St. Agnes. Complete notice Sunday. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service 651-228-1006

In your charity, please pray for the happy repose of his soul.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

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