SJC to Celebrate Memorial Mass for Fr. Bill Kramer, Fr. Paul White

March 13, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. will celebrate a memorial Mass for Fr. William Kramer, C.PP.S. and Fr. Paul White, C.PP.S., two priests of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood who passed away at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. Both ministered at Saint Joseph’s College for many years and were longtime faculty members.

The Mass will take place in Saint Joseph’s Chapel at 4:00 pm CDT on the Saint Joseph’s College campus. Bishop Timothy Doherty will be principal celebrant presiding at the Mass. Bishop William Higi will attend, as well as members of the C.PP.S. community. All are welcome to attend.

Fr. Kramer died on March 2; he had been living at St. Charles Center since 2000.  He had a PhD in Natural Sciences (both chemistry and physics) from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), and he was an organist. Fr. Kramer taught Chemistry at SJC from 1953 to 1990. Instrumental in the development of SJC’s hallmark Core Program, Fr. Kramer was universally recognized as the person on campus capable of leading the new venture, and the faculty voted to appoint him as the Program’s first Coordinator. He managed the Core Curriculum through its early stages and remained a Core Director and instructor for several years.

Fr. White died on March 3; he had moved to St. Charles recently to recover from surgery.  Fr. White made his home for many years at Saint Joseph’s College, where he was Professor Emeritus of Economics and served in various capacities in the administration from the mid-1950s until the early 1990s, including Business Manager and Executive Vice President. He also served in the leadership of the Congregation. Beginning in 1991 and until last summer, Fr. White was parish administrator to St. Francis Solano Church in Francesville, Ind., and St. Henry Church in Medaryville, Ind.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for both Fr. Kramer and Fr. White on March 6 at St. Charles Center with Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S. presiding. Fr. Ralph Verdi, C.PP.S. served as homilist.

Memorial donations may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

For more information, contact Br. Tim Hemm, Campus Ministry at Saint Joseph’s College, at

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