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Father George Curtsinger, RIP August 18, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Four Last Things, General Catholic, priests, sadness, Virtue.
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Good reader Father Anselm Marie sent me this notification over the weekend. I did not know this priest but he apparently was dear to many souls, especially those associated with the now departed College of Saint Thomas More.  Father Curtsinger went to his eternal reward last Thursday.

The following comes from the Star Telegram obituary:

Father George Curtsinger, oldest priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Cathedral, Bishop Michael F. Olson celebrant. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Vigil service: 6 p.m. Sunday at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be made to The Priests Care Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, 800 W. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, Texas 76108. The second of eight children, George Curtsinger was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Dallas to Eugene C. and Josephine Bomba Curtsinger. Father Curtsinger was ordained to the priesthood as a Discalced Carmelite on Oct. 11, 1952, and incardinated into the Diocese of then Dallas/Fort Worth on Dec. 22, 1959. He served in numerous parishes in Wichita Falls, Longview, Dallas and McKinney before being named chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in 1967. The beloved priest lived across from the hospital and Catholics flocked from all over the diocese to join him daily in celebrating the Eucharist. During that time, he helped originate St. Joseph’s Hospice, now known as Community Hospice. He believed that these were the most wonderful years of his life. After the hospital closed in 1994, Father Curtsinger served as chaplain at St. Thomas More College until 2010. A veritable renaissance man, Father Curtsinger was a gourmet cook, pianist and, most notably, a photographer, poet and writer. One such publication was a volume of poetry by St. John of the Cross, The Spiritual Catholic, illustrated with his own photographs taken in Spain, Portugal, Greece, California and Fort Worth.

Father Curtsinger was apparently beloved by many affiliated with the College of Saint Thomas More as well as a number of traditional Catholics in the area. I really have no familiarity with him at all but the fact that Father Anselm Marie speaks highly of him is enough testament for me.

May God have mercy on the soul of his servant, Father George Curtsinger.  Requiescat in Pace.

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Comments

1. Baseballmom - August 18, 2014

Wow! Almost 100 years old… A life well lived and a happy, holy death. What more can we want?


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