Fr. Harold Hammerstein, 89, dies January 18
January 21, 2013
Fr. Harold Hammerstein, OSB, monk and priest of
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on January 18, 2013,
at the Little Sisters of the Poor in Evansville, IN. He was 89. He
was a jubilarian of profession and priesthood.
Surviving are a niece and a
Fr. Harold was born in Evansville
on October 13, 1923, to Frederick and Esther (Taylor) Hammerstein,
and was named Frederick John Jr. After completing his elementary
education at St. Benedict Grade School in Evansville, he entered
high school at Saint Meinrad, where he continued his education
He joined the Saint Meinrad
monastery as a novice on August 5, 1943, and professed his simple
vows on August 10, 1944. He did his theological studies at the
Collegio di Sant' Anselmo, Rome, Italy. His solemn vows as a monk
of Saint Meinrad were received at Einsiedeln Abbey, Switzerland, on
September 8, 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood at Einsiedeln
on July 10, 1948.
Upon his return from Rome, Fr.
Harold taught theology in the Major Seminary for one year and
served as assistant athletic director. He worked as assistant
campus director of the Minor Seminary for five years, and for a
number of years taught special Latin in the Minor
From 1968 to 1974, he served as
the Catholic chaplain of the federal penitentiary at Terre Haute,
IN. He then served three years as pastor of St. Augustine Parish,
Leopold, IN, including the missions of St. Mary, Derby, and Sacred
Heart of Jesus, Perry County. In 1978, he moved to Evansville,
where he assisted at St. Benedict Parish (now Cathedral) and other
parishes as needed.
Memorial contributions may be made
to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Dr., St. Meinrad, IN, 47577;
the Reverend Harold Hammerstein, O.S.B. Endowment Fund at St.
Benedict's Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714; or
the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1236 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN
The Office of the Dead will be
prayed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, in the Archabbey Church,
followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation on Wednesday will be
from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the Archabbey Church, followed by the
funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Archabbey
Cemetery. All times are Central Time.