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Friar Simon Sauer OFM Conv. died August 7, 2017, in New Albany, Indiana. He was born Donald Anthony Sauer, in the Germantown area of Louisville, Kentucky, to Edward and Helen (Droppelmann) Sauer, on February 5, 1930. He was predeceased by his parents, and is survived by his sister Joan Murta (James) and brothers Kenneth (Betty) and Edward (Marilea).
He entered the Conventual Franciscan Order on July 4, 1950, at Angola, Indiana and was given the name Simon. He professed Simple Vows July 6, 1951, and Solemn Vows on July 8, 1954. He was ordained a priest in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 1, 1957.
After serving for two years at St. Paul's Parish in Louisville, he was assigned to the mission in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) where he was an itinerant missionary in four different assignments over 20 years. He ended his service there as Custos, or leader of the missionary area. After returning to the US in 1983, he spent 25 years as chaplain at several hospitals, including the Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington DC, the VA Medical Center in Louisville, and for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Louisville. After his retirement in 2008 he served at the Franciscan Kitchen three days a week, served as confessor for three communities of women religious, and offered Mass at nursing homes.
He was chosen to hear confessions in Rome during the Holy Year of 2000. On Holy Thursday of that year, he was asked to be one of the 12 people to have their feet washed by Pope St. John Paul II. Later, before leaving Rome, he had the privilege of concelebrating Mass with the Holy Father in his private chapel.
There will be a Wake service on Wednesday, August 9, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Mount St. Francis, Indiana. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place there on Thursday, August 10, at 11 a.m., followed by interment in the Friars' cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, Development Office, 103 St. Francis Blvd., Mt. St. Francis IN 47146. For more detail and pictures of Fr. Simon's life and service, please visit the Province website: franciscansusa.org
Published on August 8, 2017
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