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Catholic diocese announces funeral arrangements for Rev. Kramer

A memorial Mass also is planned Monday for late Bishop Emeritus John M. D'Arcy

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:04 am

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has announced details for funeral arrangements for the Rev. Lawrence A. Kramer, who died Jan. 23 while vacationing in Florida, and for a memorial Mass for Bishop Emeritus John M. D'Arcy.

Rev. Kramer

Events for Kramer, 79, will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Saturday.

On Friday, people are invited to pray the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. and to attend a vigil service at 7 p.m.

The funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, with burial following immediately at Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue.

A Fort Wayne native, Kramer grew up attending the Cathedral parish. He was ordained a priest there May 28, 1960.

His long career included serving as pastor at the following Fort Wayne parishes: Beginning in 1970 at St. Peter, in 1971 at St. Andrew and in 1981 at Our Lady of Good Hope. He also served as pastor beginning in 1997 at St. Joseph in Bluffton and in 2003 at St. Paul of the Cross in Columbia City.

Early in his career, Kramer helped start campus ministry programming at Indiana Institute of Technology and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He later served as a chaplain at Bishop Luers High School.

Before his death, Kramer was retired and living at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in southwest Fort Wayne, where he helped the parish staff as needed.

Bishop Emeritus D'Arcy

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will celebrate a memorial Mass for D'Arcy at 12:05 p.m. Monday — the first anniversary of the bishop emeritus' death — at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The annual blessing of throats for the feast day of St. Blaise will be offered after the Mass.

A Boston native, D'Arcy died Feb. 3, 2013, after developing a rare and fast-progressing form of cancer.

He served as bishop of the local diocese from May 1, 1985, until his retirement Jan. 13, 2010, when he became bishop emeritus. Rhoades succeeded D'Arcy as local bishop at that time.

The Cathedral Choir also will mark the anniversary of D'Arcy's ordination as a priest — Feb. 2, 1957, in Boston — with a performance of the “Requiem Mass,” by Gabriel Faure, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the cathedral. Admission is free and open to the public.

D'Arcy was known for his outgoing personality, strong faith, commitment to improving the selection of candidates for the priesthood and love of sports, especially the Boston Red Sox.