My wife and I were deeply saddened to learn that Father Kieran Kemner had passed away. Our bonding friendship began in the 1960’s when he was on the staff of the St. Joseph Seminary in Oakbrook. We attended many gatherings there and our kids always looked forward to exploring the grounds and pond. They called it Fr Kieran’s “castle.”
When the Seminary closed, we continued to remain in contact and enjoyed many wonderful dinners and get-togethers with his company. We all realize that the loss of a loved one is difficult for any of us to bear, and that is the pain my wife and I feel with Fr. Kieran’s passing.
Before my retirement as a high school administrator, I had many opportunities to share with him problems and frustrations I was experiencing. His words, responses, and suggestions were always respected and his prayers and guidance helped me overcome so many of those situations. We often discussed our different roles in life – his, as a priest and a representative of Christ on earth and mine, as an educator in the public school setting. I once said, “Father, you have been placed on this earth to save their souls and I have been placed here to culture their minds!”
On Tuesday, a memorial Mass for Fr Kieran will be held at our beloved St John of the Cross Church. He said Mass there numerous times and also had formed a bible study group. It is better to say that we do not mourn his passing but rather, we all share in a celebration of his life on this earth. The gates of Heaven have opened widely for his passage and I know that Jesus was there to welcome him for eternity with open arms.
God bless you Kieran, for your love, friendship, and inspiration. Continue to pray for all of us until we also join you with our loving Father in Heaven.
Bob and Saranne Milano