Roger Niemeyer OFM
died peacefullyon Wednesday, November 17, 2010, in his room at Villa West in Sherman, Illinois.
On December 13, 1912, Warren was born to Louis and Margaret (nee
Boos) Niemeyer in Montrose, Illinois, near Teutopolis. Two days
after his birth he was baptized in St. Rose of Lima Church. Later the
family moved to Indianapolis. Warren became a member of the first
class that entered St. Joseph Minor Seminary at Hinsdale, Illinois, in
the fall of 1927. Six year later began his novitiate in Teutopolis – down the road from were he was born – on August 19, 1933, receiving the religious name of Roger. A year and a day later he made his simple profession. He professed solemn vows on August 20, 1937, at St. Joseph Seminary in Teutopolis and was ordained a priest on June 24, 1940 – 70 years ago.
Roger began his priestly assignments in 1941 as the pastor of the parish in Berger, Missour and the administrator of the church in Little Berger, while teaching at St. George’s High School in Hermann and living there in the friary. Ten years later he took on for the first time the ministry which would occupy most of his life: chaplain and instructor at St. James Trade School run by the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross; he spent nine years there. Then in 1960 he went to Columbus, Nebraska, to be the assistant at St. Bonaventure Parish and an instructor at St. Bonaventure High School. Five years later found him in Jordan,
Minnesota, as assistant in St. John the Baptist Parish; during his time there he also served as vicar for the local friar community (1967-1969) and administrator of St. Joseph Parish (1969-1971). For a year he was the associate pastor at Sacred Heart in St. Paul, and for two years he served as associate chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, Illinois
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