Father Lordemann looks forward to travel
Editors note: Seven archdiocesan priests retired this year, each after decades of service. Links to each story are at the bottom of the webpage.
Father Frank Lordemann has presided at more than 1,000 weddings and countless baptisms in the 44 years he has been a priest.
Not to mention 480 funerals in the 13 years he’s served St. Mary Parish in West Point, St. Aloysius Parish in Aloys, St. Boniface Parish in Monterey and St. Anthony Parish in St. Charles Township.
"I’ve been blessed as a priest," said Father Lordemann, associate pastor. "I’ve had great opportunities to receive a good education, to help people in their struggles and forge thousands of friendships."
Retirement, Father Lordemann said, will give him the chance to reconnect with some of those friends, read, cook and travel around the United States.
He also will live at Boys Town in Omaha, where among other things he will help with daily and weekend Masses, hear confessions and provide chaplain services at Boys Town National Research Hospital.
A retired military chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, Father Lordemann, 70, rose to the rank of colonel and traveled to 30 countries during the 27 years he served.
His military service, he said, was a highlight of his priesthood, along with the six years he taught rural pastoral theology at Mundelein Seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Chicago.
"I loved working with those young men as they began their journey into the priesthood," Father Lordemann said.
One of those young men was Father Steven Emanuel, who for the past year has worked as pastor alongside Father Lordemann at all four parishes.
"He’s been my greatest example of how to live the Gospel life," Father Emanuel said. "His concern for others, willingness to be of service and compassion are shining examples."
Father Emanuel said Father Lordemann has been an important part of people’s lives in the four parishes.
"For the past 13 years, he has been a faithful and compassionate presence," Father Emanuel said. "He will most certainly be missed."
Father Lordeman’s mix of the military and the priesthood wasn’t necessarily expected.
Growing up on a farm near Raeville, with two aunts as nuns and two uncles as priests, his decision to enter the priesthood wasn’t a surprise.
Serving in the military, though, didn’t seem likely. After all, he took part in protests of the Vietnam War as a young man.
That, however, didn’t diminish an interest in flying that began when he was 5 years old watching crop dusters fly over the family farm. Five years after serving in parishes in Norfolk and Fremont, he received permission from the archbishop to enter the Air Force. And he learned something, Father Lordemann said.
"No one prays harder for peace than those men and women in the military," Father Lordemann said. "It was an honor to serve alongside them."
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