Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Msgr. David A Ratermann, the last remaining patriarch of the archdiocese's Latin America Apostolate, is being remembered by others for five decades of service to the people of Bolivia and as a man of great prayer and faithfulness to Christ.
Msgr. Ratermann died Nov. 10 at Regina Cleri residence, where he had been living since his return from Bolivia in 2008. He was 89. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the funeral Mass at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at Sacred Heart Church, 17 Ann Ave. in Valley Park.
Maryknoll Father Joseph W. Halpin was made for parish work, and Most Precious Blood Parish in Guatemala City was the right fit.
"I just liked the work with the people -- nice people, you know," Father Halpin said. They are warm and family-oriented, no pretenses, "very simple people," he said.
Father Halpin returned to his hometown of St. Louis Sept. 15 for kidney dialysis and now is at the Maryknoll health care facility in New York. "I'd rather be down there," he said of his parish. A lot of tears were shed when he said goodbye for the last time.