Father Bernard Klein served 62 years as archdiocesan priest

| May 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

Father Klein

Father Bernard Klein, 88, died May 4. He was or­dain­ed a priest June 4, 1949. He retired from active ministry in January 1995 but continued to serve parishes in sacramental ministry.

The long-time co­or­dinator of the annual family Rosary Procession, he received an apostolic blessing on the 50th annual procession from Pope John Paul II in 1998.

In a 2004 story in The Catholic Spirit about the 1949 ordination group from the St. Paul Seminary, Father Klein said that he and his classmates back then were eager to reach the prestigious “pastor” status.

“The great thing was to be the pastor, to kind of be the boss,” he said in the interview. “You just knew that after you were ordained you wouldn’t become a pastor for at least 15 years.”

He served at St. Columba, St. Paul; St. Dominic, Northfield; St. Michael, West St. Paul; Blessed Sacrament, St. Paul; St. Martin, Rogers; and St. Vincent, St. Paul.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at St. Peter in North St. Paul.

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