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Leonard Klein +
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:36:33 PM »
I am sad to report that our former editor of Lutheran Forum and strong ALPB supporter, Leonard Klein, has died of cancer. At this time all I know is this:

https://www.cdow.org/fr-leonard-klein-head-of-three-wilmington-city-catholic-churches-has-died/

May he rest in peace. JOHN
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 08:27:17 PM »
I am so sad to read this.  What a gift he was to the church.  May he rest in God's peace and may our Lord grant strength and peace to Christa and their family.  I'm sharing this with some of the people I knew when at Trinity Long Island City.  Truly, such a loss.

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 08:37:34 PM »
A good and decent man with a distinguished career. How interesting that, as a married man, he was in public ministry in Roman Catholic parishes and rector of a cathedral. That, too, is testimony to his gifts as a called and ordained minister of Word and Sacrament.
Retired ELCA pastor. Iowa born. Now in Minnesota. Interesting things on the new administration and religion in the 1/24 newspapers. Douthat column, e.g. Posted link here, but it was deleted.

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 08:50:13 PM »
Fr. Klein has entered Life on the universal Feast of St. John of Damascus.

+John has bestowed many treasures on the Church, chief among which is the Canon of Great and Holy Pascha

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It is the Day of Resurrection!
Let us be radiant, O people!
Pascha! The Lord's Pascha!
For Christ our God has brought us from death to life,
and from earth unto heaven,
as we sing triumphant hymns!....

Let us arise in the deep dawn and,
instead of myrrh,
offer a hymn to the Lord,
and we shall behold Christ,
the Sun of Righteousness,
Who causes life to dawn for all.


O God,
Thou didst raise Thy servant, Leonard,
to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ,
according to the Order of Melchisedech,
giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice,
to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar,
and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name.
We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults,
admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence,
there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors.
This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

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Re: Leonard Klein +
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2019, 10:53:54 PM »
Leonard was a friend, mentor, colleague and a truly excellent and dedicated pastor of the Church.  We will keep Christa, the family and the extended family in prayer.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 08:54:11 AM »
I served in Delaware during the time that Fr. Klein was beginning his service in the Wilmington Diocese.  I met him twice.  The most memorable time was when he came to our New Castle County Lutheran pastors mtg.  It was basically an ELCA gathering as there were about 12-13 ELCA churches in the county and 3 LCMS churches.  Fr. Klein was invited to present on the revision to the Mass that had taken place in the church.  The ELCA clergy, except for maybe 1 or 2, were aghast that the Catholic Church would do such a thing.  The LCMS clergy generally nodded in agreement and said, "Right on!"  Fr. Klein made a very gracious presentation and explained the slight alterations very well.  But there was a fair bit of push back from the ELCA clergy. 

And then later, I was called to Faith LC in Easton PA, where Fr. Klein was raised and still had family in the area.  Pr. Ron Fink was serving that congregation as their vacancy pastor.  It was a nice happenstance. 

May the Lord of the church bring comfort to the Klein family in this time.

Jeremy
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 07:51:31 PM »
Father Klein should be remembered as well for his work on behalf of the Gospel of Life in all aspects of his ministry. Aa fond memory I have is of his straight forward homily on the sanctity of life preached to the flock unapologetically. What made it fun was the fact that then VP Biden had decided to drop into worship at the last minute. Father shared that this seemed to be a regular pattern of the Holy Spirit. Father would prepare a prolife message in keeping with the lectionary, and then VPOTUS would show up to hear it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2019, 09:12:00 AM »
I spoke last night with the daughter of Mary Cooke.  Mary served as secretary to Fr. Leonard Klein when he was at Trinity Long Island City.  She shared many memories but the overall message was of a man who exuded kindness, love, and generosity - one whom her mother greatly loved and respected.

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2019, 08:13:55 AM »
For those who are interested, the Funeral Mass for Fr. Klein will be on Friday, 13 December at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 500 N.West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. The Mass will be at Noon.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2019, 02:53:05 PM »
For those who are interested, the Funeral Mass for Fr. Klein will be on Friday, 13 December at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 500 N.West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. The Mass will be at Noon.
How fitting that this servant of God who has in many ways been a bright and shining lamp should be Commended to God on the Universal Feast of the Martyr Lucia of Syracuse, whose name means "light".
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2019, 04:10:26 PM »
Not to mention the Santa Lucia festival beloved of Swedish Lutherans.
Retired ELCA pastor. Iowa born. Now in Minnesota. Interesting things on the new administration and religion in the 1/24 newspapers. Douthat column, e.g. Posted link here, but it was deleted.

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2019, 04:11:27 PM »
For those who are interested, the Funeral Mass for Fr. Klein will be on Friday, 13 December at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 500 N.West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. The Mass will be at Noon.
How fitting that this servant of God who has in many ways been a bright and shining lamp should be Commended to God on the Universal Feast of the Martyr Lucia of Syracuse, whose name means "light".
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That thought had occurred to me as well.
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2019, 05:04:33 PM »
For those who are interested, the Funeral Mass for Fr. Klein will be on Friday, 13 December at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 500 N.West St., Wilmington, DE 19801. The Mass will be at Noon.
How fitting that this servant of God who has in many ways been a bright and shining lamp should be Commended to God on the Universal Feast of the Martyr Lucia of Syracuse, whose name means "light".
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That thought had occurred time as well.

While on the 13th of December the universal Church remembers the shining witness of the Martyr Lucy of Syracuse  the Orthodox Church remembers, in addition, the faithful service of Herman of Alaska.

The Troparion for St. Herman in many ways is also descriptive of the life and ministry of Fr. Leonard:

O blessed Father Herman of Alaska,
North star of Christ's holy Church,
The light of your holy life and great deeds,
Guides those who follow the Orthodox Way.
Together we lift high the Holy Cross
You planted firmly in America.
Let all behold and glorify Jesus Christ,
Singing His Holy Resurrection.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2019, 12:18:30 AM »
Please note the suggestions for memorials listed in the penultimate paragraph.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/york/obituary.aspx?n=leonard-roy-klein&pid=194654147&fhid=7886

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The Very Reverend Leonard Roy Klein, Rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, and Pastor of Saint Patrick and Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parishes in Wilmington, DE, died in the early hours of Wednesday, December 4, in the presence of his wife and children, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. The first and only married man to be ordained to the priesthood for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Father Klein leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Christa, children Maria Hollenbeck and Nicholas Strauss-Klein; their spouses Joel and Jennifer; and seven grandchildren, Madeleine, Aidan, Clara, Henry, Aryeh, Zelda and Eve, siblings Layne Klein (Beth), Lynn Klein, Lori Brewer (Kevin) and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Renate, in 2016.

Born on August 4, 1945 in Easton, PA, Father Klein was raised on his family's dairy farm. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Yale College, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Master of Sacred Theology from Christ Seminary-Seminex. Ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1972, he served as associate pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church (New York City), pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church (Long Island City, NY), and senior pastor at Christ Lutheran Church (York, PA). He served on numerous boards and committees and was known for his writing and lectures during his 30 years as a Lutheran minister.

Father Klein and his wife Christa were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 2003. Given permission by the Vatican, he was accepted as a seminarian for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and began his studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. He was ordained to the priesthood by The Most Reverend Michael A. Saltarelli, on April 1, 2006, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Wilmington.

Father Klein's early assignments were as a member of the diocesan Family Life Bureau, Associate Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and a Hospital Chaplain. In 2011 he was made pastor of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception and Saint Patrick Churches. In 2013, he was assigned as rector of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, in addition to the other two parishes. Father Klein served as chaplain to the Saint Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Wilmington and was a member of the Board of Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington. A staunch supporter of pro-life causes and advocate for the vulnerable, he served as Director of the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Chair of the Respect Life Committee for the Diocese of Wilmington for many years. He was deeply committed to the Liturgy and known for the power and clarity of his homilies.

The family is deeply grateful for all the prayers and support during his long illness. Father Klein lived in joyful gratitude for the blessings of his life. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and an avid reader of theology and history. He enjoyed gardening, music, cooking and travel. In each of his roles - as a priest, family member and friend - he is remembered for his moral clarity, steadfastness, wisdom and kindness.

A viewing will take place at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE on Thursday, December 12, from 5 to 8 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon on Friday, December 13 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 500 N West St., Wilmington, DE. Preceding the Mass there will be a period of visitation from 10 to 11:45 AM at the Cathedral. Burial will take place at the Forks Church Cemetery, 4500 Sullivan Trail, Stockertown, PA on Saturday, December 14, at 11 AM.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, PO Box 2030, Wilmington, DE 19899-2030; to First Things, 9 E. 40th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or firstthings.com; or to the Renate Fund at A-T Children's Project, 5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd, Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 or atcp.org.

For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch from Dec. 6 to Dec. 11, 2019
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2019, 10:49:49 AM »
I sent a message to the family via the funeral home's web site:

On behalf of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau I convey our sorrow at Leonard's death. He was a brilliant star in a world of mediocrity. Always winsome. Always articulate, making the complex simple. Always faithful, calling us all to faith and faithfulness. We at the ALPB will always give thanks for the gifts he shared through our publications and we will long remember him. May he rest in peace.

JOHN HANNAH

I am sure that everyone here who knew Leonard or knew of him agrees.   :)

Peace, JOHN
Pr. JOHN HANNAH, STS