Amrhein, Raphael

May 23, 2004

On Monday afternoon, May 17, 2004, FATHER RAPHAEL AMRHEIN, C.P. was killed in a traffic accident in Massachusetts. Father Amrhein was a noted preacher, spiritual director and retreat master, who for the past eleven years, resided in Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center in North Palm Beach, Florida. Father Amrhein was born in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Frank and Magdalen (nee Helmbrecht) Amrhein. He attended Holy Cross Passionist Preparatory Seminary in Dunkirk, New York. He was professed a Passionist in 1955 and was ordained a priest by Most Reverend Guthbert O'Gara, C.P. in Union City, New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Philosophy in 1958 and graduate degrees in Theology in 1962 and Sacred Eloquence in 1963 from the Passionist Seminary system. He also received a M. Ed from Boston College in 1976. Father Amrhein was active in numerous Passionist commissions and boards and served as a delegate to both Provincial and General Chapters. Before his assignment in Florida, he lived in Passionist communities in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, West Hartford and Philadelphia. Father Amrhein is survived by his brother, Reverend Quentin Amrhein, C.P. of West Hartford, Connecticut and his sister, Sister Mary Amrhein, C.P., a Passionist Nun stationed in Japan and several nieces and nephews. Visitation for Father Amrhein will be held on Monday, May 24, 2004 from 1 to 8 P.M. at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Chapel, 148 Monastery Avenue, Pittsburg, PA. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11 A.M. at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Church with Father Quentin Amrhein, C.P. as Main Celebrant; Very Reverend Francis Flanigan, C.P., Con-celebrant and Reverend Timothy Fitzgerald, C.P. - Homilist. Interment will follow in the Monastery cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul of the Cross Monastery. Arrangements by John J. Gmiter Funeral Home, LTD, 412-431-0867, 119 S. 15th Street, Pitts, PA 15203.

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