Tricounty News

Fr. Bernard Schreiner, 92

Father Bernard Schreiner, priest of the Diocese of New Ulm, died March 15, 2009. He was 92. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, march 21, at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins, with the Most Reverend Bishop John LeVoir and Fr. John Brunner and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church. Watkins Senior Citizens will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Friday,at the church, followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Fr. Bernard P. Schreiner was born in Luxemburg Township, north of Watkins, March 19, 1916, to John and Magdalene (Neu) Schreiner. He was the youngest of 12 children. After attending district #50 Public School for three years, he finished grade school at St. Anthony School, then ninth grade at St. Anthony Jr. High School. In the fall of 1931, he attended Minor Seminary at St. John's University. In the fall of 1936, Bernie entered St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. After six years of seminary training, he was ordained to the prieshood Saturday, June 6, 1942, at the St. Paul Cathedral. Sunday, June 7, 1942, Fr. Bernard Schreiner offered his first Solemn High Mass at St. Anthony Church in Watkins. Fr. Schreiner served the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul for 15 years, serving five parishes during that time, including St. Paul Cathedral and St. Matthew in St. Paul; St. Anthony, Regal; Mission of St. Patrick, Kandiyohi; and St. Peter in Eden Valley. When the Diocese of New Ulm was established in 1954, he entered the Diocese of New Ulm and faithfully served its people for 33 years. He was pastor to seven parishes during that time, including St. Peter, Eden Valley; St. Joseph, Rosen; St. Raphael, Springfield; St. Thomas, Sanborn; St. John the Baptist, Searles; St. Eloi, Ghent; and St. Cyril and St. Methodius, Tauton. Fr. Schreiner retired from the active ministry in June, 1990, and became the Chaplain at Divine Providence Hospital and Home in Ivanhoe for the next six years.Fr. Schreiner returned to his hometown of Watkins March 19, 1996, where he continued to assist the priest of St. Anthony Church wherever he could. After a recent stay in St. Cloud Hospital, Fr. Schreiner moved to the Hilltop Nursing Home in Watkins, where he lived until his death. Fr. Bernie was proud to have helped to build a new church at Regal and renovate the church at kandiyohi in 1953. In addition to his pastoral duties, Fr. Schreiner was proud to have served as Chaplain to the All Saints Council of the KCs, and Faithful Friar to the Bishop Grace Assembly of KCs. He received the honor of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Fr. Bernie also has provided strong support for the Council of Catholic Women throughout his career. He worked with CCW's Foreign Relief and Missions for four years. He then served as the International Affairs Commission Moderator for the CCW for 28 years. He received an award from the Diocese of New Ulm honoring his long-term service in this ministry. Fr. Bernard Schreiner was a kind and loving priest, very prayerful and possessing a keen sense of humor. He touched thousands of lives in his 66 years of ministering to God's people. May he now be with God in heaven, enjoying eternal life. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by all 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses Mike (and Theresa) Schreiner, Elizabeth (and John) Hoffman, Nick (and Mary) Schreiner, Christ (and Hilaria) Schreiner, Martin (and Martha) Schreiner, Otto Schreiner, Clem (and Ola) Schreiner, Joe (and Viola) Schreiner, Leo (and Mabel) Schreiner, Leander (and Christine) Schreiner, and Frank (and Mary) Schreiner. He was also preceded in death by a number of nieces and nephews. Fr. Schreiner is survived by many nieces and nephews. Music will be provided by Mary Streit and the church choir. Arrangements are by Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.