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August 14, 2009 by  
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Fr. Benedict with Mother Agnes

Rest in Peace, Fr. Benedict

We join the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the whole Church in thanking God for the gift of the life of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, in praying for his soul and for the consolation of all those who knew and loved him. The Sisters of Life have been blessed with his friendship, support and practical guidance from the beginning of our Institute almost 24 years ago, and his presence, zeal for the Lord and His poor, and wonderful personality will be greatly missed.

Fr. Benedict, ordained in 1959, spent his entire priesthood dedicated to Jesus Christ and as a father to the poor and those in interior anguish. A gifted preacher and psychologist, Fr. Benedict’s life was marked by a ready availability to give himself and his extensive talents to new initiatives at the service of the most vulnerable and of those seeking to grow in their faith. His courageous preaching stirred and converted hearts, his service to the poor helped countless men, women and children in their practical needs, the multiple organizations he founded, supported, and/or assisted in essential ways – most notable among them his own community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal – are in themselves testimonies to the life of Fr. Benedict. The fruitfulness of these endeavors flowed from the most beautiful testimony Father gave – the manner in which he conducted his personal life and relationships with selfless love, reverence, kindness and stunning generosity. For this witness, we are deeply indebted.

May he now be eternally with the One he loved and served so faithfully. Requiescat in pace.

Fr. Benedict at Gala