Friday, December 30, 2016

Commended to our prayers: Fr Ernst Schoenhammer, OMI, pastor of Ottawa's St Albertus Parish

Ottawa's German-speaking St Albertus Parish is in mourning following the death overnight December 29-30 of their beloved priest who served them for a half-century.

From the Catholic Ottawa list of jubilarians, Spring 2015:

"Born in Bamberg, Germany on May 16, 1938, Father Ernst Shoenhammer was ordained a priest on December 18, 1965. The following year, he began serving the German-speaking Catholic immigrants in Ottawa.

"He served as Chaplain to St. Albertus Pfarrgemeinde and is Pastor of the parish since 1977. He has also served the Archdiocese of Ottawa as Regional Vicar for the pastoral ministry of Region II of the English Sector.

"He received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded on October 31, 2003, by the President Johannes Rau for serving German-speaking Immigrants since 1966."

Funeral details are pending.

Requiescat in pace.


  1. Such sadness to hear of the passing of a wonderful Priest Fr. Ernest Schoenhammer, who baptised my grandchildren. You are deeply missed. Peggy Paulhus

  2. We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Fr. Schoenhammer, a human being who really warmed our hearts. We will surely miss him!

    Andree and Nicole Vidal