Father Theobald Spetz

Council 5135 is named after Father Theobald Spetz, C.R., D.D., a figurehead of the faith in Waterloo.

 

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Monday
May 13, 1850
Born in Erbsville, ON
Parents Joseph Spetz (Germany) and Anna Herres (Prussia)
Younger sibling to Joseph H. and Ludwina
Older sibling to Mary Ann, Leo, Josephena,Rev. Andrew, Frances, Emma Magdelena, William, and Anna
1866 – 1870 Age 16 – 20 Attended Saint Jerome’s College and graduated as one of its first students
1870 Age 20 Enters the novitiate in St. Agatha under Father Eugene Funken
1870 – 1872 Age 20 – 22 Taught at St. Mary’s College (Kentucky) Prep Seminary.  (Map)
1872 – 1877
September 12, 1877
Age 22 – 27
Age 27
Studied for the priesthood in Rome
While in Rome, ordained as a Priest in theCongregation of the Resurrection
1878 – 1883 Age 28 – 33 Administrator of the mission in New Hamburg, which would become the futureHoly Family Parish
1878 – 1890 Age 28 – 40 Assists Dr. Louis Funcken, C.R. at Saint Mary’s Church, Berlin
1878 – 1901
1890 – 1898
Age 28 – 51
Age 40 – 48
Faculty member of Saint Jerome’s College
President
1890
1890 – 1911
February 26, 1911
Age 40
Age 40 – 60
Age 60
Established Saint Louis Parish for $8,000
First Pastor
Farewell sermon during High Mass
1911 – 1915 Age 60 – 65 Assumes Pastorship at Saint Mary’s Church, Berlin after the death of Rev. Dr. William Kloepfer, C.R.
1915 – September 1921 Age 65 – 71 Involved in parochial work in Waterloo and Berlin
1916 Age 66 Completes the work, “The Catholic Church in Waterloo County
Mid September 1921 Father Spetz suffers a paralytic stroke.
After his first paralytic stroke he seemed to be mentally preoccupied and aware of his approaching life’s end, remarking to a friend: “This is the beginning of the end.”
Thus closed the earthly career and usefulness of a many-sided man, who, of humble origin, by unselfish ambition and religious faith attained a few comparatively great objects in his civil and priestly life.
September 27, 1921 Taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Guelph
Thursday
December 1, 1921
3:15pm
71y, 6m, 19d Father Theobald Spetz dies

 

Addition information about Fr. Spetz and the history of the Catholic Church in the Waterloo Area can be found in his book: “The Catholic Church in Waterloo County“, written by Fr. Spetz.

 

Sources:

  1. http://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I179466&tree=generations
  2. http://www.yourlocalheritage.ca/Report.php?ListType=Documents&ID=1952