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In School and Seminary Administration for Two Decades

CHICAGO (September 24, 2012) – Rev. William O. Goedert, pastor emeritus of St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn, and longtime administrator in Archdiocesan schools and seminaries, died Friday, September 21 at the age of 83.

Fr. Goedert was born in Dyersville, Iowa and graduated from Catholic elementary school in Chicago and from Archbishop Quigley Seminary.  Following his graduation from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary, Fr. Goedert was ordained in 1955 by Cardinal Stritch. For three years following his ordination, Fr. Goedert was the assistant pastor at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

After earning his M.Ed from Loyola University Chicago, he began a career as a school and seminary administrator that lasted nearly two decades.  From 1958 to 1967, Fr. Goedert was the Assistant Superintendent of the Archdiocesan School Board, and from 1967 to 1971 he served as the Spiritual Director at Mundelein Seminary.

Fr. Goedert was named President/Rector of Niles College Seminary at Loyola University in 1971, a position he held for six years.  He became pastor of St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn in 1977 and served there until his retirement from active ministry in 1995, when he was named pastor emeritus.

In the years between 1968 and the late 1980’s, Fr. Goedert at various times served the Archdiocese as chairman of the Presbyteral Senate, member of the Archdiocesan Clergy Personnel Board, Priests’ Sabbatical Board, Educational Commission and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mother McAuley High School.

As Rector of Mundelein Seminary, it was Retired Auxiliary Bishop John Gorman who brought Fr. Goedert to the seminary. Speaking of Fr. Goedert, Bishop Gorman said, “He was brilliant and well-liked by students and also by all the laity who met him.”  Of his days as Assistant Superintendent, Bishop Gorman added, “Fr. Goedert worked with then Auxiliary Bishop William McManus to develop many programs that enhanced both the grade schools and the high schools in the Archdiocese.”

Visitation for Fr. Goedert will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 24, at St. Germaine Church, 9711 South Kolin Avenue in Oak Lawn.  Bishop Gorman will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Goedert at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, at St. Germaine Church.  Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.

Fr. Goedert is survived by six nieces and two nephews.

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