Emeritus Raymond Goedert Obituary: Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond Goedert, a beloved figure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, has passed away at the age of 96. His remarkable 71-year service to the Church was honored by Cardinal Blase Cupich, who described him as a devoted servant. Goedert held various roles within the archdiocese and was known for his kindness and friendship. His funeral will be held at Holy Name Cathedral, with a heartfelt eulogy delivered by his close friend, Fr. Scott Donahue. As we bid farewell to this exceptional man, we reflect on his journey from seminary to consecration and the lasting impact he made on those around him.
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Obituary of Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond Goedert
Departure from Life
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond Goedert on December 9. At the age of 96, Bishop Goedert peacefully departed from this life, leaving behind a legacy of faith and service. As we mourn his loss, we are grateful to God for the 71 years that he dedicated to the Church and to the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Service to the Archdiocese of Chicago
Bishop Goedert’s commitment to the Archdiocese of Chicago was unwavering throughout his life. He served in various roles, including pastor, notary, and vicar general. His leadership and dedication were particularly evident when he stepped in as the archdiocese’s administrator following the passing of Cardinal Bernardin. Bishop Goedert’s contributions to the growth and well-being of the archdiocese were invaluable.
Not only was Bishop Goedert a respected figure within the Church, but he was also a beloved brother and friend to many. His kindness and compassion touched the lives of those around him, leaving a lasting impact. As he departs from this life, we can only imagine the joyous reunion he will have at Our Lord’s banquet.
On December 18, we will gather at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral to bid farewell to Bishop Goedert. Cardinal Blase Cupich will preside over the funeral liturgy, and the homily will be delivered by Fr. Scott Donahue, a close friend of Bishop Goedert. Following the funeral, Bishop Goedert will be laid to rest in the peaceful grounds of St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in River Grove.
Bishop Goedert’s life was marked by a deep commitment to his faith and a genuine love for others. His friendship and guidance have been a blessing to many, including Fr. Donahue, who considers their friendship one of the greatest blessings of his 42 years as a priest. We remember Bishop Goedert not only for his accomplishments but also for the kindness and warmth he brought to every interaction.
Born in the Chicago region on October 15, 1927, Bishop Goedert’s journey of faith began at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. After his ordination as a priest in 1952, he embarked on a journey to Rome to study canon law. It was during this journey that he survived a harrowing boat crash, a testament to his resilience and God’s protection.
In 1991, Bishop Goedert was consecrated to the ministry by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, following his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of Chicago by Pope John Paul II. He faithfully served as the archdiocese’s vicar general from 1995 until his retirement in 2003, with a brief leave of absence in 2004.
Bishop Goedert’s life and service to the Archdiocese of Chicago will be remembered with gratitude and admiration. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations to live lives of faith, compassion, and selfless service.
Funeral and Burial
Funeral Liturgy at Holy Name Cathedral
The funeral liturgy for Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond Goedert will take place on December 18 at the iconic Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. This solemn occasion will be presided over by Cardinal Blase Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago. It is a time for the community to come together to honor and remember the life of Bishop Goedert.
The funeral liturgy will be a beautiful and meaningful service, filled with prayers, hymns, and reflections on Bishop Goedert’s life and contributions to the Church. It will be a time to celebrate his faith, his dedication, and his unwavering commitment to serving others. The liturgy will provide comfort and solace to those who mourn his loss and offer an opportunity to give thanks for the blessings he brought into their lives.
Burial in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Following the funeral liturgy, Bishop Goedert will be laid to rest in the peaceful surroundings of St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in River Grove. This sacred place will serve as his final resting place, a serene and hallowed ground where his memory will be honored and cherished.
The burial ceremony will be a solemn and reverent occasion, attended by family, friends, and members of the clergy. It will be a time to reflect on the legacy of Bishop Goedert and the impact he had on the lives of those he touched. As his body is committed to the earth, it symbolizes the completion of his earthly journey and the beginning of his eternal life in the presence of God.
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, provides a fitting resting place for Bishop Goedert. It is a place where loved ones can visit, pay their respects, and find solace in the memories of a life well-lived. The cemetery serves as a reminder of the hope and promise of resurrection, where Bishop Goedert’s spirit will forever dwell in the embrace of God’s love.
Life and Ministry of Raymond Goedert
Early Years and Education
The life of Raymond Goedert, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was marked by a deep commitment to his faith and a passion for serving others. Born on October 15, 1927, in the Chicago region, Bishop Goedert’s journey of faith began at a young age. He was raised in a devout Catholic family that instilled in him the values of love, compassion, and service.
Education played a crucial role in shaping Bishop Goedert’s path. He attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, a renowned seminary in the northern suburbs of Chicago. It was during his time at the university that he developed a strong foundation in theology and a deep understanding of the Catholic faith.
Ordination and Studies in Rome
In 1952, Raymond Goedert was ordained as a priest, embarking on a lifelong journey of service to the Church. His dedication and passion for his vocation led him to Rome, where he pursued further studies in canon law. This period of his life was not without challenges, as he experienced a harrowing boat crash while returning to the United States. Despite this ordeal, Bishop Goedert’s unwavering faith and resilience carried him through.
His time in Rome provided him with a wealth of knowledge and a deeper understanding of the intricacies of canon law. It was a transformative period that shaped his perspective and prepared him for the important role he would later assume within the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Consecration and Service as Auxiliary Bishop
In 1991, Raymond Goedert was consecrated to the ministry as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, under the appointment of Pope John Paul II. This marked a significant milestone in his life and ministry, as he embraced the responsibilities and challenges that came with his new role.
As an auxiliary bishop, Bishop Goedert served the archdiocese with unwavering dedication and commitment. He held various positions of leadership, including the role of vicar general from 1995 until his retirement in 2003. His contributions to the growth and well-being of the archdiocese were invaluable, and his leadership was characterized by compassion, wisdom, and a deep sense of faith.
Bishop Goedert’s service to the Archdiocese of Chicago was marked by his genuine love for others and his unwavering commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church. He was a shepherd who guided and inspired those under his care, leaving a lasting impact on the community he served.
Throughout his life and ministry, Bishop Goedert exemplified the virtues of faith, compassion, and selfless service. His legacy continues to inspire others to live lives of devotion, love, and service to God and their fellow human beings.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond Goedert of the Archdiocese of Chicago passed away at the age of 96. Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed gratitude for Goedert’s 71 years of service to the Church and highlighted his various roles within the archdiocese. A funeral liturgy will be held on December 18, with Fr. Scott Donahue delivering the homily. Goedert will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Born in 1927, Goedert studied at the University of St. Mary of the Lake and survived a boat crash while returning from Rome. He was consecrated as an auxiliary bishop in 1991 and served as the archdiocese’s vicar general until his retirement in 2003.