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‘Priest for a day’ eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

Obituary | Sister Patricia O’Brien, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Patricia O'Brien, CSJ, was celebrated Nov. 30 at Nazareth Living Center. Sister Patricia, a medical technologist and teacher, died Nov. 26 at Nazareth. She was 82.

Sister Patricia was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Evanston, Ill. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1953 and made final profession in 1961. She was formerly known as Sister Robert Margaret.

She earned a bachelor's in biology from the College of St. Teresa in 1958 and a master's in hospital/health care administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1974.

Obituary | Sister Christian Marie Ehrhardt, SSND

A funeral Mass for Sister Christian Marie Ehrhardt, SSND, was held Nov. 28 at Theresa Center Chapel at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. Sister Christian Marie, a former teacher, missionary, pastoral minister and tutor, died Nov. 22, at Sancta Maria in Ripa in St. Louis. She was 68.

Sister Christian Marie was born in Quincy, Ill. She entered the congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1967. She professed first vows in 1970 and final vows in 1976.

She earned a bachelor's degree in American Studies from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1971.

OBITUARY | Deacon James Burton

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Deacon James Burton Oct. 23 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in south St. Louis. Deacon Burton, who served his entire diaconate at St. Gerard Majella Parish in Kirkwood, died Oct. 13. He was 87.

Deacon Burton, age 87, was born in 1930 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was married to Jeanine Burton, (nee McGuigan) on Jan. 13, 1951, and had 10 children: Robert, Richard, Jean, Janet, James ("Max"), Tom, John, Joe, Anne and the late Dr. Frank. They also had 48 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Deacon Burton served for three years in the United States Navy.

Obituary | Father Theodore Pieper

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Father Theodore X. Pieper Oct. 21 at St. Joachim Church in Old Mines. Father Pieper served as pastor there for more than a quarter of a century, and earlier in the Bolivian missions.

Father Pieper died Oct. 18. He was 82 years old.

Born in St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick Seminary. Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter ordained him to the priesthood in 1962 at the St. Louis Cathedral (now Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis).

OBITUARY | Sr. Marie Flowers, SCN

A funeral Mass for Sister Marie Flowers, SCN, was celebrated Oct. 21 at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth, Ky. Sister Marie, 50, died at Nazareth Home, Ky., Oct. 14. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth since 2014.

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