The Redemptorists Communities and the Catholic Church of Diocese of Roseau mourn the death of Rev. Fr. Otto Stoeckel, C.Ss.R. (15 August, 1910 to 13 May, 2010). He was born in Buffalo N.Y.
When he was about four years old, his family moved to Toronto. Fr. Stoeckel had a great devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. He once stated that is was in St Lambert that he made his first and only Redemptorist Mission during which, “the priest laid great emphasis on the importance of the devotion to the Eucharist and Mother Mary.”
Fr. Albert Stoeckel C.Ss.R made his first profession to the Redemptorists on September 02, 1932. He made his final profession on September 02, 1935.
He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood June 20, 1937. His first missionary visit to Dominica was in 1971. The following year he was called by his Provincial to preach Mission in Canada. He returned to Dominica 1974 and was stationed in following parishes: St Theresa – Salisbury, St Joseph, Cathedral of Our Lady of Fair Haven – Roseau, La Salette – Pte Michel, St. Patrick – Grandbay, and Our Lady of Lourdes – Soufriere.
From 1990 – He was stationed at the St Alphonsus House at the Holy Redeemer Retreat House in Eggleston, where he regularly assisted in the parish of our lady of Fatima and the home for the Aged.
Well into his mid-nineties when it became too difficult for him to travel by himself he occasionally said Holy Mass in the Chapel of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Geraudel – Eggleston community. And he regularly visited the Home for the Aged and the Grotto Home for the homeless to celebrate the Eucharist with them until approximately two years ago when he was no longer able to do so.
Since ordination, Fr. Stoeckel spent most of his ministry preaching missions and giving retreats. He can be described as an excellent and well received missionary who was always in great demand and was well known for preaching the traditional Redemptorist themes with traditional missionary enthusiasm.
After a brief illness he departed this life on May 13, 2010.
He was truly a man on fire for the Eucharist and Our Blessed Mother, Mary!
The Funeral celebration of Redemptorist Rev. Fr. Albert Stoeckel, C.Ss.R will be held on Thursday 25 May. At the Fatima Church, in Newtown. Starting at 4:00PM sharp!
This will be followed with the interment at the Holy Redeemer Retreat House.
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