Rev. Francis E. Munsch, CSV, 83, retired librarian of St. Philip High School in Chicago died Saturday, June 1, 1968 at Addolorata Village in Wheeling, IL after a long illness.

Fr. Munsch, a native of Chicago, was born in 1885.  After entering the Clerics of St. Viator in 1904, he studied at St. Viator College in Bourbonnais and was ordained by Archbishop Quigley at Holy Name Cathedral in 1911.

For the next three years he studied at Oxford University in England.  Back in the United States at the beginning of World War I, he taught at St. Viator College until it closed in 1938.  In 1924, he established the first college level seminary, commonly called the scholasticate, in Bourbonnais and served as its director for a decade.

In 1941, Fr. Munsch joined the staff of St. Philip High School, where he taught Latin and history and served as librarian until his retirement in 1960, due to a stroke.

Funeral services were held June 4 at St. Viator Church in Chicago.  The principal concelebrant at the Mass was the Very Rev. John W. Stafford, CSV, Viatorian provincial.  Other concelebrants included two former provincials, the Revs. Richard J. French, CSV, and John F. Brown, CSV, as well as the Revs. Edward V. Cardinal, CSV, Thomas E. Fitzpatrick, CSV, Emmett M. Walsh, CSV, and Frederick J. Wenthe, CSV.

Rev. Bernard G. Mulvaney, CSV, a professor at Loyola University and former Viatorian assistant general, offered the sermon. Br. Joseph M. Lofy, CSV, was the commentator.  Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Grady led the service after Mass, while Viatorian scholasticates served as pall bearers.

Fr. Munsch was laid to rest in the Viatorian plot at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL.


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