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Redemptorist Father Carl Hoegerl dies at 98

A funeral Mass for Redemptorist Father Carl W. Hoegerl will be offered Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus-Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Highlandtown. Father Hoegerl died Nov. 4. He was 98.

Born in Pennsylvania, he entered the Redemptorist novitiate in Ilchester in 1944, professing vows on August 2, 1945 before continuing studies at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary at Esopus, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stephen Donahue of New York in 1950.

Among his assignments, Father Hoegerl served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for two years as pastor of Ss. James and John in Baltimore beginning in 1978.

He was called to Rome by the Redemptorist Superior General Joseph Pfab, who appointed Hoegerl to the Redemptorist Historical Institute at the order’s general headquarters, according to information provided by the Redemporists.

As a member of the Collegio San’Alfonso, he began to publish documents related to Alphonsian spirituality and texts associated with the foundation of the order. From 1983 to 1986 he was executive secretary of the Commission on Redemptorist Spirituality in Rome.

In 1984 Father Hoegerl  began work on the canonization cause of the Servant of God, Francis Xavier Seelos, C.Ss.R., and was appointed by the prefect of the Congregation of Saints Causes as an external assistant.

Father Hoegerl wrote book reviews for Catholic Historical Review, American Ecclesiastical Review and Zeitschrift für Missionswissenschaft. He had a master’s degree in medieval history from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in education from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

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