Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR dies at age 81

October 4, 2014

Update 10/9/14

Fr. Benedict's Funeral Liturgies and Services are as follows:

10/9/14 Wake at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart located at 89 Ridge Street Newark, NJ, from 4 - 7 pm.  Prayer Vigil from 7 - 9

10/10/14 Funeral Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 11 am.

The burial will take place at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary in Newark, NJ and it is not open to the public.  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Benedict J. Groeschel

On October 3rd at the age of 81 Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR passed away.  I remember him as my professor in seminary.  He was a very humble man, a great priest and a good writer.  His wake and memorial Mass are not available at this time.  I will update this blog post when they become available.  Regarding Father Benedict's death the CFRS released the following statement:

The Catholic Church and the Franciscan family lost a giant today. This moment is one that finds the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR) with mixed emotions, as we are deeply saddened by the loss of Fr. Benedict but also relieved that God has set him free from the physical and mental suffering he has experienced over the past decade. The world knew Father Benedict as a priest, teacher, evangelist, retreat master, and a steadfast defender of and advocate for the Catholic Church that he loved so much. The members of his religious family saw all these things in him, too. But even more, we were also blessed to know him as a father who cared for each of us, a father who was always accessible when we needed him and always glad to see us when we came to visit. The words of a fellow Franciscan, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, describing St. Francis, characterize Fr. Benedict well, “His intuition of a universal brotherhood, extending to every creature, accompanied by his choice of minority, turn him and his followers into the brothers of every person, the enemies of none, and the companions of the least ones.” Fr. Benedict was a brother and a father to everyone he encountered. In a world often overwhelmed with darkness, He was a man filled with hope, a hope that he shared with both therich and poor alike. His love for others and deep desire to serve, sent him among poor families who were in need of assistance, young people trying to find their way, bishops faced with challenging decisions, priests and religious in need of an encouraging word, and the stranger who was far from God. Fr. Benedict was at home in every circumstance and every encounter. “The providence of God,” he would say, “was the mystery of God reaching out at every moment and revealing his love and presence to us all.” It is not an exaggeration to say that Fr. Benedict was selfless. Those who knew him well understood that it was simply his nature to be so. He poured himself out for others no matter what the cost and sometimes the cost to him was very great. To have known him was to have been helped by him and even loved by him. Our CFR Family and everyone who knew him received an enormous amount from Fr. Benedict. Probably more than we were ever able to give back. It was not simply his wealth of wisdom and knowledge from which many benefited. It was his profound faith and equally profound love, two gifts that he never failed to share generously. Join with us in praying for the repose of the soul of Fr. Benedict, for his family and Community, and also in thanksgiving for the legacy of renewal within the Church and Franciscan family that Fr. Benedict championed.

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