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RIP Father William Baer, at Age of 60 - Beloved Theologian and Pastor
Father William Baer, 60, pastor of Transfiguration in Oakdale, died early Jan. 14.
The parish made the announcement on its Facebook page that afternoon, and people began posting condolences thereafter.
“I can’t describe how much Father Baer meant to my family,” posted Chad Parent. “He has done so much for us, and we will be eternally grateful.”
In her post, Jane Johnston referred to Father Baer as a “walking Bible.”
“Other than our guide in Jerusalem who is a ‘walking Bible,’ the only other person I’ve known is Father Baer, who was also a walking Bible,” she wrote. “I often thought while listening to him how one person can hold so much knowledge. We were his parishioners, and we all were so blessed to have had him as our shepherd. What a[n] honor to have known such a person. May we never forget his wit and his never-ending desire to teach us the way to Jesus.”
Father Baer was ordained a priest May 25, 1996, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul and has served as Transfiguration’s pastor since 2010. He was the former rector of St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul.
Funeral arrangements are pending, and more details are forthcoming. Text SOURCE The Catholic Spirit