Thursday, August 1, 2013
So as I was looking through the stacks of memorial cards that were given to me from my Wisconsin family I came across this one for Rev. Leonard Blum.
Not the same family. Different faiths as well (Maurice's Blums are Jewish), but the name caught me and I knew I wanted to share this one tonight. So often Catholic clergy are forgotten. After all they have no descendants so unless a nephew or niece remembers them, they risk being forgotten.
The memorial cards I have had meaning to my Wisconsin family and many times that can mean a possible link. For this card I don't believe that's the case. As a Catholic I know that if a priest (particularly one that had been in my parish a long time) died, I would keep the card. So it is most likely that Rev. Blum was a family priest and/or friend. Either way, the family wanted him remembered.
'Be you then also ready: for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.' Luke 12, 40
In Memory of Rev. Leonard Blum,
Born September 5, 1845, at Treves, Archdiocese Cologne, Germany,
Ordained to the Priesthood December 27, 1872,
Died November 8, 1913, at Milwaukee, Wis.
O GOD, who among apostolle priests hast adorned Thy servant LEONARD with sacerdotal dignity, grant, we beseech Thee, that he may be associated with them in everlasting fellowship. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen."