Fr. Paul Casper, SCJ, died, December 9, 2019. He was 89. Originally from St. Paul, MN, Fr. Paul, did his seminary studies at Sacred Heart Monastery and was ordained in 1957. As did many of the newly ordained, he spent his first years teaching in the minor seminary. He focused on Latin and religion, and also served as dean of students. Leaving academics, he moved to South Dakota, where he served in a number of small towns. In 1979, he enjoyed a sabbatical in the Holy Land. In 1987, he made his way to Wisconsin, where he was associate pastor of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish (now, St. Martin of Tours). He was also a “relief pitcher” of sorts, stepping in for other priests when they took vacations, retreats or study breaks. In the Milwaukee area, Fr. Paul was active in ministry to incarcerated youth. Before entering full-time retirement, Fr. Paul also spent several years doing parish ministry in Mississippi, including service at Holy Spirit parish in Hernando and St. Joseph’s in Holly Springs. He is preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Lucille; sisters, Mary Lou (James) Bazille, Carol; brother, Kenneth (Patricia); nephew, James and Gregory Bazille. He is survived by extended family and many friends. At the time of his death he was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake in Franklin, WI.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Reception of the body and wake service will begin at 9:30 am. Funeral liturgy will begin at 10:30 am followed by interment in Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Services will be held in the Good Shepherd Chapel of Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake Residence in Franklin WI. Fr. Edward Kilianski, SCJ, will preside.
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