Father Henry Fehrenbacher, author, university teacher, dies at 95

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Father Henry Francis Fehrenbacher

Father Henry Francis Fehrenbacher, 95, died Sept. 18 at St. Benedict’s Center, St. Cloud. The son of Henry and Martha (Engel) Fehrenbacher, he was born Aug. 19, 1920, in St. Cloud and attended Holy Angels Grade School and Cathedral High School, both in St. Cloud, and St. John’s University in Collegeville. Father Fehrenbacher received his seminary training at St. John’s Seminary, Collegeville, and was ordained Jan. 25, 1948, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud by Bishop Peter Bartholome. He celebrated his first Mass Feb. 1, 1948, in St. Paul Church, St. Cloud.
Father Fehrenbacher served as assistant pastor at the parishes of St. Joseph, Pierz; St. Mary’s Cathedral; St. Mary, Alexandria; Sacred Heart, Staples; and as pastor at St. Donatus, Brooten; Immaculate Conception, Sedan; St. Joseph, Foxhome; St. Joseph, Brushvale; and St. Thomas, Kent.

He lived in New York from 1975 until 2012, and while there, taught at the Baruch College of The City University of New York. During his priesthood he wrote several books. He retired June 1, 1990.

“I had the opportunity to visit Henry in New York many times,” Father Steven Binsfeld, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, said. “I enjoyed Henry’s feisty spirit. He always tried to give people the benefit of the doubt and help them even if it was in an unusual manner.”

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Paul Church, St. Cloud. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud.