Posted by: dmercy43 | September 21, 2010

Fr. Lloyd Thiel, Capuchin

Fr. Lloyd died on Sunday evening, September 19, 2010 at about 11:30 PM. at the age of 80. He was born in Hilbert, Wisconsin. He was invested as a Capuchin in 1948, perpetually professed in 1952, and ordained a priest in 1956.

He ministered at St. Lawrence Seminary from 1957-1973, and was elected provincial minister in 1973. From 1978 – 92, Lloyd served as director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Before his retirement in 2004, Lloyd served in the Development Office in Detroit, as well as ministering as a hospital chaplain.


Visitation: Thursday, September 23 3 PM to 8 PM at the Verheyden Funeral Home on Mack Ave. Friday, September 24

1 PM to 9 PM at St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel with a Scripture Service at 7 PM

Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 25
Visitation at 9 AM
Liturgy at 10:30 AM

Burial: Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin [probably on Monday]

As a director of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the Rev. Lloyd Thiel strived to serve those in need.

“He always wanted to do more for the community,” said Brother Larry LaCross of St. Bonaventure Monastery, a longtime friend. “He was just determined that more could be done for those in need.”

Father Thiel, who served as Capuchin’s director from 1978-92, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, from natural causes. He was 80. Born July 7, 1930, in Hilbert, Wis., he was ordained in 1956. From 1957-73, he worked at St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, Wis., teaching Latin and helping in the development office.

In 1973, Father Thiel was elected Capuchin Province of St. Joseph’s provincial minister, overseeing its ministries from Metro Detroit to Montana as well as in Central America.

After two terms, he became director of Capuchin Soup Kitchen. He also served in its development office, expanded a services center and helped develop the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, LaCross said.

“He felt that was very much in line with our role: to minister to those who are marginalized,” said the Rev. John Celichowski, Capuchin of St. Joseph provincial minister.

For years Father Thiel also was a chaplain at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “He was very comforting for the patients and the families,” LaCross said.

Retiring in 2004, he often helped out on weekends at local parishes such as Christ the Good Shepherd in Lincoln Park and Sacred Heart in Roseville.

“He really liked helping people,” Celichowski said. “When he couldn’t do that anymore, it was difficult.”

Survivors include brothers Melvin, Harold and Leon, and a sister, Alice Steiner.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Chas. Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park; and 1-9 p.m. Friday at St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel, 1740 Mount Elliott, Detroit.

A funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Monastery. Burial will be in Wisconsin.

Memorials may be made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mount Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.

– Mark Hicks / The Detroit News

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