Brother Conrad Federspiel, a Passionist Brother, died at Immaculate Conception Monastery in Jamaica, New York. He was 89 years old. He is the son of the late John Federspiel and the late Oliva Ackermann Federspiel. He is the brother of Carl Federspiel of Port Washington, Wisconsin. Brother Conrad graduated Port Washington High School in 1942. He entered the Passionist novitiate in 1951 and professed vows in 1952 at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
After his initial formation in the spirituality of the Passion of Christ, Brother Conrad served as an infirmarian for the sick at Saint Michael Monastery, Union City, New Jersey. He then devoted many years in building maintenance at various Passionist foundations. Possessing a keen appreciation for beauty and a reverence for creation, Brother Conrad was also responsible for beautifying the natural landscapes of Passionist monasteries and retreat centers and in cultivating an appreciation for the new story of creation spirituality. He served the Passionist community in Dunkirk, New York from 1957-1966, the Cardinal Spellman Spiritual Center in Riverdale, New York from 1966-1970, Saint Gabriel Monastery and Retreat Center, Brighton, Massachusetts from 1970-1974, and Saint Michael Monastery, Union City, New Jersey from 1975-1980. He stood not only in the shadow of the cross but also in the shadow of ancient trees and the continuing majesty of the Hudson River flowing below the retreat center. He deepened in appreciation for the passion of the earth while serving at Holy Cross Centre, Port Burwell in Ontario, Canada from 1995-1998. There he not only attended to the soil and the landscape, but also prayed the Stations of the Cross and joined in retreats that cultivated the dream of the earth.
Brother Conrad came to Holy Family Monastery, W. Hartford, CT in 1998 and lived there until his transfer to Immaculate Conception Monastery in 2010. During these years he distinguished himself in caring for Passionists living with chronic illness and disability and in living a life of voluntary simplicity. An unassuming but affable man, Brother Conrad cultivated a profound appreciation for the poor, for the social teaching of the church, and for the lovely landscapes that revealed his soul’s communion with the numinous presence of God.
Wake: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
3:00 p.m. Greeting of the Body (Public Chapel)
5:00 p.m. Wake Service (Public Chapel)
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Rosary
There is no additional evening wake service. Fr. Don Senior’s lecture will take place in Immaculate Conception Elementary School Auditorium.
Funeral: Thursday, October 10, 2013
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer (Public Chapel)
11:00 p.m. Funeral Mass (Choir)
12:00 p.m. Burial in the Monastery Cemetery
12:15 p.m. Luncheon
Next of Kin:
Mr. & Mrs. Carl (brother) and Loretta Federspiel
1233 North Lakeview Ave
Port Washington WI 53074
Brother Edward Hall, C.P. will be the homilist at the Funeral Liturgy.
Very Rev. Robert Joerger, C.P., Provincial, will be the celebrant of the Funeral Liturgy.