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Obituary - Father Thomas G. Langenfeld, CSV

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He was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Springfield, one of 11 children of the late Clifford and Bessie (Newman) Langenfeld. He was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School. He professed his first vows as a Viatorian on Aug. 15, 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1960 by Bishop Martin D. McNamara in Joliet.

Father Langenfeld earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago; a master's degree in guidance from St. Louis University; and a licentiate degree in sacred theology from Catholic University of America. He also studied theology at the University of Louvain in Belgium and Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.

Father Langenfeld taught at Spalding Institute in Peoria from 1955-1956 and again from 1965-1968. From 1962-1965 he taught as a professor at the Viatorian Seminary. From 1968-1970 he served as assistant principal of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights and then as principal at Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee from 1970-1972.

During the General Chapter of the Clerics of St. Viator held in the summer of 1972, Father Langenfeld was elected as superior general of the congregation, and re-elected in 1978 for an additional six-year term of service. After his term as superior general, he was granted a sabbatical year at Weston Theology School in Cambridge, Mass. He then returned to Chicago as director of the Viatorian formation program and in 1986, he was assigned as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Kankakee, where he served until 1988. From 1989-1994, he served as pastor of St. Patrick Church in Kankakee. From 1994-1999 he served as pastor of St. Viator Church in Las Vegas. From 1999-2000, he served the Diocese of Las Vegas as director of clergy formation and part-time ministry at Guardian Angel Cathedral. In 2002, Father Langenfeld retired from ministry and resided in Las Vegas.

In addition to his parents, Father Langenfeld was preceded in death by his brothers Harry and John. He is survived by eight brothers and sisters: Richard of Dixon; Gary of St. Louis; Mark of Normal; Michael of Springfield; Clifford of Garden Grove, Calif.; Catherine VanDen Bossche of Springfield; Rose Marie Weymouth of Island Lake; and Theresa Ulrich of Zanesville, Ohio.

After a funeral service Oct. 5 at St. Viator Church in Las Vegas, remains were transferred to Kankakee, where a Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 8 at St. Patrick Church. Interment was at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

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