Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Father Richard Loehrlein

Richard Loehrlein died January 21, 2018 at the Marianist Residence Community in
San Antonio, TX. He was 87 years old and had lived Marianist religious life for
68 years. He was born in Fulda, IN.

Fr. Richard met the Marianists at an early age and went to the Marianist
Postulate at Mt. St. John in Dayton, OH as a sophomore. He received a
Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Dayton in 1952 and then
taught in Marianists high schools - North Catholic, Pittsburgh, PA and
Chaminade, Dayton, OH. He then went to the Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland
and was ordained in 1961 in Basel, Switzerland. He returned to the United
States and taught for a year at Purcell H.S. in Cincinnati, OH.

In 1964, he began his service at Mangu H.S. in Thika, Kenya. In 1970, he
returned to the United States and served at a community college in Lansing, MI.
In 1972, Fr. Richard was asked to serve in Ireland as chaplain. He has there
until 1982 when he returned to the United States. After completing a Master
degree in psychology and spirituality at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in
1982, he was assigned to parish ministry in Albion and Portage, MI. In 1990, he
returned to Africa to serve at Karonga Secondary School in Malawi and then at
the Marianist Scholasticate in Nairobi, Kenya. He was there until he moved to
the Marianist Residence Community in San Antonio, TX in 2013.

From 1969 on, Fr. Richard was deeply influenced and involved with the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal. He was convinced of the importance of the Marianist Family
and was proud of his efforts in Malawi. Fr. Richard served wherever the
Marianists asked him.

Fr. Richard was proceeded in death by his parents, Edward and Beatrice (Koenig)
Loehrlein; his brothers, Earl, Rev. Sy and James; and, his sisters, Malvina and
Sr. Marcy Loehrlein, FMI. He is survived by his brother, Norbert Loehrlein
(Martha) Evansville, IN; sister, Cyrilla Eickhoff (Linus) Evansville, IN;
sister-in-law, Elisabeth Loehrlein, New Albany, IN; and numerous nieces and