Friday, April 20, 2007

Requiescat in Pace - Msgr Richard J. Schuler

If you know about St. Agnes Parish in Minnesota, you probably know about Msgr. Schuler, who just passed away.

On the St. Agnes Homepage, is the following:

Monsignor Richard J. Schuler, Pastor Emeritus of The Church of Saint Agnes, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday April 20, 2007. We at Saint Agnes join countless others throughout the world in offering our prayers for the repose of his soul, and in gratitude to Almighty God for the gift of his life.

Monsignor was in residence at the North Memorial Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Center at the time of his death. Monsignor Schuler served as Pastor at Saint Agnes for thirty-two years, from 1969-2001, and was the founding director of The Twin Cities Catholic Chorale in 1956.

All details for the wake and funeral are pending. Please check back to the website for updates, as we will make them available as soon as possible.

Requiescat in Pace, good shepherd.

Their music program at St. Agnes is much like Grotto's - complete with symphony masses, as is their orthodoxy.

To see just a little of the legacy he leaves behind, follow the links below:

Spiritual Impact of Msgr Schuler's Priestly Leadership and Example (by Fr. John T. Zuhlsdorf - originally printed in The Wanderer, now carried online by AD2000). Here is an excerpt from that article:

Priestly vocations
Together with his work as a church musician in a parochial setting, Msgr Schuler is also distinguished for the many vocations to the priesthood he has fostered and, on many occasions, defended from attack.

In the last three decades, there have been some 30 first Masses at St Agnes Parish. Year after year, in attending ordinations of priests, I have seen Msgr Schuler step forward to help a new priest put on his chasuble for the first time. Many of these men are now in charge of their own parishes and, as one might expect, they are beginning to produce vocations as well.


Msgr. Richard J. Schuler by John Janaro (via EWTN)
Sacred Music at St. Agnes (click the links in the sidebar for online recordings)
Photos (desktop images)
Fr. Zuhlsdorf's blogpost (see the comment box)