Fr. Xavier Albert; was educator, hospital chaplain, first African-American priest in St. Louis

A memorial Mass was celebrated April 21 at St. Richard Church in Creve Coeur for Father Xavier Albert, an educator, hospital chaplain and parish priest.

Father Albert, 77, died April 6. He had been on medical leave since 2000 and lived at the Regina Cleri residence for priests until moving last year to St. Agnes Home.

Born in Houston, Father Albert was raised as a Baptist and became interested in the Catholic faith as a student at Texas Southern University after his sister married a Catholic.

While finishing his studies in pharmacy he read much about the Catholic faith and entered the Church with his sister in 1951.

Fr. Lawrence Schieber; retired pastor, educator

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 14 at St. Dominic Savio Church in Affton for Father Lawrence J. Schieber, a retired parish pastor and educator.

Father Schieber, 86, died April 10.

A St. Louis native, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and Kenrick Seminary and was ordained in 1949 by Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter at Kenrick.

Sr. Jacqueline Briegel; longtime educator

A memorial Mass will be celebrated for Sister Jacqueline Briegel at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Motherhouse Chapel, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in Lemay.

Sister Jacqueline, a School Sister of Notre Dame and longtime educator, died  April 2 at St. Louis University Hospital from cardiovascular disease. She was 79.

Obituary: Sr. Christopher Fiala, CPPS

Sister Christopher was a registered nurse at the motherhouse infirmary in O’Fallon, 1964-1969; Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis, 1969-73; and Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis, 1973-83. She was an instructor at St. Mary’s College in O’Fallon from 1968-69 and continued in a longtime role as dispenser of medicines at the motherhouse.

Obituary: Sr. Charlotte (Mary Cornelius) Deken, CSJ

Sister Charlotte received a  bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1954 and a master’s from St. Xavier College in Chicago in 1967. She taught intermediate and junior high in Peoria, Ill., Keshena, Wis., Denver and Indianapolis.

Obituary: Msgr. James R. Hartnett

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, April 3, at the Church of the Annunziata, 9325 Clayton Road in Ladue, for Msgr. James R. Hartnett, the most senior archdiocesan priest in the St. Louis Archdiocese.

As head of the Archdiocesan Building Commission, he oversaw one of the largest building program periods in the archdiocese’s history.

Msgr. Hartnett, 96, died March 29 at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur.

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