Madison-Reverend Lawrence Joseph Kieffer entered eternal life Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the age of 88, at All Saints Assisted Living Center, under the care of St. Jude Hospital, in Madison.
He was born on August 10, 1924 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin and is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Catherine [Schmit] Kieffer; a brother Edward Kieffer, and a sister Mary [Kieffer] Schmieder. After attending St. Mary Grade School and Mineral Point High School, Mineral Point, Father Kieffer attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he completed his collegiate studies in Philosophy; St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, where he studied Theology, and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he completed graduate studies while obtaining Chaplaincy certification from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also received his M.A. in Guidance & Counseling from Loras College. He was ordained by Bishop William P. O'Connor on May 27, 1950 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. Father Kieffer served the Diocese of Madison as: Associate Pastor at St. Bernard Parish, Madison; St. Aloysius Parish, Sauk City, and Holy Redeemer Parish, Madison; Pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Gratiot; St. John Parish, South Wayne; St. Thomas Parish, Potosi; St. Ignatius Parish, Mt. Horeb, and St. Victor Parish, Monroe; Parochial Administrator at Immaculate Conception Parish, Boscobel and Holy Redeemer Parish, Madison; Chaplain at the U.W. Hospitals & Clinics, Madison with residence at Holy Redeemer Parish, Madison, and Chaplain at the V.A. Hospital, Madison and Oregon Correctional Institution, Oregon. Father Kieffer retired in 2000, but continued actively ministering until his death.
During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Father Kieffer faithfully served as Director of Vocations; Judicial Vicar and Notary for the Marriage Tribunal; Priest Senate; Notary for the Cause of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, O.P.; Chaplaincy assistance at St. Mary's and Meriter Hospitals, Madison; Knights of Columbus Council 531 and Court, Madison, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Spiritual ministry was provided at the Schoenstatt Shrine; to the Schoenstatt Family Movement; Immaculate Heart of Mary Marion Cenacle Group; Hispanic Community of Madison; Pro Labore Dei, and All Saints Residence Chapel Group.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will be the celebrant with Reverend Monsignor Kevin Holmes as homilist. Visitation will be held at St. Maria Goretti Church from 9:00 a.m. until Holy Mass, with the Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following Mass, a luncheon in the St. Maria Goretti Parish Hall will be served. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Mineral Point, will follow at 3:00 pm with Rite of Committal by Father David Flanagan.
Memorials can be made to the Madison Chapter of Pro Labore Dei, 4337 Keating Ter., Madison, WI 53711; Schoenstatt Family Movement, 5901 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI 53718, or to a charity of your choice.
Priests are encouraged to concelebrate the Holy Mass of Christian Burial. Please bring an alb (stole provided). Please celebrate three Masses for the repose of his soul and offer intercessory prayers in your parish.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
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