Prayer Request for Father Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R. – Louisville, KY

Prayers, please, for Father Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R. (Louisville, KY). I received an email this evening that he “has not recovered from his broken hip and the surgery. His kidney function has deteriorated even more and he is on “comfort measures” to keep him peaceful. Father Beach gave him extreme unction today. His family has asked for everyone to give them this time with him and to keep him and them in their prayers.”


I tried to put up a few pictures of Fr. S, but could not get them to post correctly.  For those who are interested, a few photos of Father can be found here:

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11 comments on “Prayer Request for Father Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R. – Louisville, KY

  1. The following letter was written by Fr. S and published in New Oxford Review in October 2004:

    I began serving the “old Mass” as an altar boy in 1927. I am now 88 years old, 62 years as a priest. As a lad, knowing the perfect recitations of all the Latin Mass responses, I dealt with priests of every age and devotion and I do not recall any who deliberately mumbled their prayers. The churches were not air-conditioned in those days and in the hot summer days it was not uncommon to omit the sermon; Low Mass might last for only 20 minutes, and Communions were much fewer in those days. Now with the Novus Ordo, I have attended Mass in 10 minutes. A possible scandal.

    The only scandal I can recall in the old days was people sleeping during the sermon. Nobody complained about the Eucharistic fast from midnight; nobody complained about Communion on the tongue or about the Latin. In fact, we were proud of the Latin we knew. Non-Catholics marveled at the piety and the reverence of the congregation and the head-coverings of the women. Those were the glory days of the Church when our Catholic faith was a family thing, a treasure we prized. Our faith was so much a part of our life that it colored our moods, shaped our social activities, influenced our style of dress, and flavored our conversation. How many families can make the same claim today?

    Last Sunday I experienced what perhaps was the greatest joy of my priesthood. I could scarcely contain myself. Indeed, my cup runneth over. I celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass with a congregation of two hundred people. It was like a repetition of my First Holy Mass 56 years ago. It was a Missa Cantata — those sacred Gregorian melodies so fitting for worship: the solemn Trinity Preface, the solemn Pater Noster, the Holy Gospel, and the Orations.

    My daily vernacular Mass has been a joy in my life, but there was always something about this Tridentine Latin Mass that went beyond all telling. I’ve found something that I had lost some 35 years ago. All those years my heart ached for the Latin Mass that I had lost, always hoping that some day, please God, I would find it. Last Sunday I found it. And like the widow of the Gospel who found her lost coin and who called in her neighbors to rejoice with her, now I was the one who wanted to call in the whole world to share in my joy. It was like being away from home all these years and always hoping that some day the permission for me would arrive to return home and share again with my dear ones the joys of long ago. It was home sweet home again. My joy knows no bounds.

    My humble and ineffable thanks to our good Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, the Good Shepherd who went out looking for all those abandoned sheep to lead us back home again — to Rome, sweet home.

    Would I go back to the new Mass? No way!

    Rev. Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R.
    Louisville, Kentucky

    • These letters are like a breath of fresh air. I also attend the old rite and much prefer it over the other rite, however, I loved the kind way Father stated his feelings with no negativity or criticism, just explaining how much he loved the Latin Mass. I hope that our Pope Francis will allow us to continue our Latin Masses and approved apostolates using this Mass so all may know that we are all the same faith but with diverse liturgies, each with its own traditions, all equally accepted and allowed without restriction.

  2. Taken from the Provential Newletter for the Congregation of the Resurrectionist, Sept. 2008 edition:

    Charles Schoenbaechler

    The following letter was sent to Fr. Charles Schoenbaechler by the headmaster of Holy Angels Academy. Fr. Charles is leaving there at the age of ninety-two, after twelve years teaching Latin. Thank you, Fr. Charles, for your years of dedicated service. It is obvious that you made a tremendous impression on both the faculty and students of Holy Angels Academy.

    Dear Friend in Christ,

    As we begin another school year with yet another modest increase in enrolment, we are grateful for so many blessings. We are grateful for you, our dear benefactors and friends. We are grateful also for the parents who have the wisdom to entrust their children to the care of our dedicated teachers.

    I would like to highlight one of those teachers who has made a difference at Holy Angels over the past twelve years. It was at the age of eighty that Father Charles Schoenbaechler generously offered to teach Latin to our highschoolers. The word “retirement” is not part of Father’s vocabulary when referring to his priestly duties. It would certainly be understandable, though, for anyone to prefer not to teach highschoolers at the age of eighty! Now at ninety-two Father Charles has decided he’d better slow down a bit.

    Yes, this loyal priest will be putting his Latin book on the shelf, but he will not soon be forgotten. His humble and joyful demeanor witnessed as he passes in his priestly cassock has left a lasting impression on his students and fellow faculty members alike. The older and younger children as well will remember
    his friendly “good evening”. With a spring in his step and a lilt in his voice his daily endearing words of departure to all as he left the school building were a repeated “Good evening, good evening, good evening.”

    We will certainly miss Father Charles, and I think he will miss us. I’m sure some of our students made a lasting impression. As a matter of fact, only a few weeks ago in his Sunday homily at a local parish his words emphasized the value of an education at Holy Angels. He spoke about the “languages” that we speak with our actions. He said “In fact, we were always taught that actions speak louder
    than words. There is the language of obedience, the language of humility, the language of modesty, of patience, the language of love. Language comes alive when it is spoken in deeds.”

    After developing thoughts on each of these “languages” Father ended his homily by saying: “In conclusion, a few Sundays ago we talked about the need to pray for holy vocations. I have some good news for you. There is a small Catholic high school in Middletown – Holy Angels Academy– where I have been teaching Latin for twelve years. We are proud to inform you that fi ve of our graduates are completing plans to leave the world to follow Christ: two girls are entering the
    cloistered Carmelites and three boys the monastery. Pray for them. If you want to see them, come to early daily Mass. They speak a lot of languages.”

    Please pray for these and for all our graduates and present students. Who knows? One of them may become a holy priest teaching high school Latin until the age of ninety-two.

    Thank you for your generous support. May God bless you and Mary keep you.

    Sincerely in Christ,

    Joseph M. Horton
    Holy Angels Academy
    August 2008

  3. Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

  4. Prayers for this good priest, of course.

  5. Prayers for Father Charles Schoenbaechler.

  6. Prayers for Fr. Schoenbaechler

  7. This dear priest recently turned 98 and is approaching his 71st anniversary to the priesthood. He has been a very faithful servant to our Lord for a very long time. I pray that if God determines it is his time to go, that he will have a very happy and holy death.

  8. I was deeply saddened to hear of Father Schoenbaechler’s passing. He was my confessor for years. I had the grace to assist daily at his holy Mass for some years. He was a very holy priest.

    • I was just logging on to post of his passing. We received the following information today (note, I combined 2 emails in order to include all the info together):

      It is with great sorrow, we are writing to tell you that Rev. Charles Schoenbaechler, C.R passed away April 17, 2013. He is at Bosse Funeral.

      Because many people will no doubt be inquiring, this is what I know: Arrangements for The Reverend Charles Schoenbaechler, CR as of the present:

      Monday, visitation at St. Martin’s in the morning followed by a Solemn Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form at noon. A bereavement meal will follow in the parish hall.

      Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.

      Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of faithfully depart rest in peace. Amen

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