Bishop Raymond E. Goedert was remembered as a humble, compassionate and fearless man at his funeral at Holy Identify Cathedral Dec. 18, 2023.
Bishop Goedert, 96, died Dec. 9. He had been a priest since 1952 and an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1991.
Throughout his lengthy ministry, he held many positions inside the archdiocese, serving as an assistant pastor and pastor, as a canon lawyer within the metropolitan tribunal, as vicar for monks, as an episcopal vicar serving Lake County and the northwest suburbs and as vicar normal.
“On this holy season, we hear the phrases that, ‘The phrase turned flesh and God pitched his tent in our midst.’ I believe that phrase, God pitching his tent, is apt for describing Bishop Goedert,” Cardinal Cupich mentioned on the finish of the funeral Mass. “It evokes phrases resembling loyalty, constancy, steadfastness, all of which he was. However there’s one other phrase that involves thoughts as I consider him by way of one who pitches his tent. He was fearless.
“Perhaps that doesn’t come to thoughts as simply provided that he was a humble and even meek individual. However he was fearless in moments by which he was requested to take up duties for which there have been no street maps. He was fearless in moments by which he was criticized, and perhaps didn’t get the help and affirmation that he deserved. He was fearless additionally in moments by which he knew that perhaps the primary time, he didn’t get it proper, however he was keen to stick with it with a purpose to ensure that issues can be right. He was a person who was fearless, who took up a problem, who stayed with it, who was keen to sacrifice himself, and we’re higher for it.”
Cardinal Cupich was the primary celebrant of the funeral Mass, which included auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese and visiting bishops and dozens of monks.
The cardinal additionally recalled how a lot Bishop Goedert, the final surviving of 12 youngsters in his household, liked to brag about his brothers and sisters, in addition to their youngsters and grandchildren, and his Luxembourger heritage.
Father Scott Donahue first met Bishop Goedert when he was assigned to be affiliate pastor of St. Barnabas Parish within the Beverly neighborhood after being ordained in 1982. Donahue additionally recalled Bishop Goedert boasting.
“If he had one fault, it was that he would brag an excessive amount of,” Donahue mentioned. “He would brag about his love for God. He would brag about his siblings, about his nieces and nephews. He would brag about his love for the church, and his life as priest. He was all the time about others.”
He liked the individuals of the parish, Donahue mentioned, they usually liked him. He informed his younger affiliate that he realized how you can be a pastor not from the seminary, however from his mother and father.
Being aboard the ocean liner Andrea Doria when it sank in 1956 was a formative expertise for Bishop Goedert, Donahue added, noting that the longer term bishop did “what any good priest would do: He went to be with the individuals.”
Even after he turned a bishop, Bishop Goedert lived a easy life, Donahue mentioned, with out many possessions. He was frugal with himself, however not with the poor, and he was persistent in his lifetime of prayer.
Donahue mentioned that it was applicable to recollect and have a good time the lifetime of Bishop Goedert throughout Creation, “a time of nice anticipation, a time of nice hope, a time to have a good time a beautiful life lived, the lifetime of Bishop Raymond Goedert, an excellent man who has gone dwelling to God.”
“He knew in his bones that with out Jesus, he was nothing. That’s what he selected as his motto as a bishop,” Donahue mentioned. “He was not afraid of loss of life. He seemed ahead to assembly the Lord. He was all the time very clear about that. He seemed ahead to loss of life, to being reunited with Jesus Christ and along with his household.”