I just found out this eveing that Father Philip Luther had passed away on January 9, 2008. He was my roommate in college seminary and a good friend. He was in the last class from the Seminary of St. Pius X in Erlanger, Kentucky. He studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD. He was one of my best friends in the whole world. He visited me a few months back (October) and stayed here at the rectory for several days. I took him on a tour of certain spots in DC and we hanged out like old times. He was still thin and I had grown fat. He was good looking and I was, well, the way I am. Each morning you could find him jogging around the area on his stay. I promised him that some time soon I would visit him back in Nebraska. Now it is too late. For two decades, a few cards and letters and a rare phone call kept the friendship alive.
Even when younger, he showed exceptional maturity and goodness. The rest of us were rascals and all too often feigned holiness; Phil was the real deal, very close to the heart of the Master. He was soft-spoken, but solid in the faith. He had a heart that easily loved and forgave others. God bless him! Our loss is heaven’s gain!
My whole life I have only had a few real close friends, I suppose you could count them on one hand. There is one less now in this world. But I take solace from the fact that there will be one sympathetic voice pleading my case when I find myself at judgment.
Thanks to Mark Buckley for getting the word to me.
My dear friend was dead over a month and I did not know. Mark said that “Cancer was discovered in early December and he died in early January.” Phil’s sister Polly said it was found in the stomach and had moved to the liver. He was complaining about stomach trouble while visiting me and had trouble eating. He seemed so healthy otherwise. He even found a relative in my parish, Mary Doyle, originating from the same small town. They were distant relatives, maybe fourth cousins. What a small world! Rest in peace, Phil! See you in the next world!
OBITUARY FOR FR. PHILIP LUTHER
Thursday, Jan 17, 2008 – THE PLATTSMOUTH JOURNAL
Fr. Philip Luther, age 50, of Superior died Jan. 9, 2008, in Omaha.
He was priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, serving St. Joseph Catholic Church Superior and Sacred Heart in Nelson.
He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Luther, Fremont; brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Sandy Luther, Fremont; brother, Eric Luther, Kearney; sister, Polly Luther, Kearney; niece and spouse, Brenda and Roger Kenkel; nephew, Michael; great-niece, Karley, Miracle and Caly, Korbin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Louisa.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 14, at Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln, with the Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln, officiating.
He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Lincoln.
Condolences may be left at http://www.bmlfh.com
Butherus, Master & Love Funeral Home, Lincoln, (402) 488-0934
A KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS
Father Philip Luther, a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Lincoln left a lasting gift to the people of the Diocese upon his death on January 9, 2008. Father Luther was only 50 years old when he died, but he did not let his young age keep him from making charitable plans with his estate. Thanks to Father Luther’s planning, the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lincoln will receive $54,000 from a life insurance policy that Fr. Luther purchased with the Knights of Columbus. The wonderful aspect of Father’s gift is that he left it to three endowment funds. A gift to an endowment is never spent; only the interest is used each year. So five, ten, twenty and 100 years from now, Father Luther’s gift will continue to help retired priests, Catholic schools, religious education programs, and St. Gregory the Great Seminary.
Fr. Luther was born May 19, 1957 in Holdrege, Nebraska. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln in 1987. He was an assistant pastor at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln from 1987 to 1989. He then became assistant pastor at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth from 1989 to 1990. He was then named pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dawson and St. Ann Parish in Schubert where he served until 1993. Father Luther then served for eight years as pastor of St. James Parish in Trenton and Holy Family in Palisade. On June 12, 2001 he was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Superior and Sacred Heart Parish in Nelson. He served those two parish communities until his death.
PRICE FUNERAL HOME OBITUARY
Fr. Philip Luther
January 9, 2008
Christian Biography of Fr. Philip Luther
Fr. Philip Luther, was born to Donald and Louisa Luther on May 19, 1957 in Holdrege, Nebraska. He passed away on January 9, 2008 at Creighton University Medical Center, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 50 years, 7 months and 20 days.
Fr. Luther was the 5th of 6 children, the oldest child died before the rest were born. He graduated from Holdrege High School. Attended Lincoln School of Commerce for one year. Traveled and worked a year and then worked two years at Pamida in Holdrege. Then entered St. Pius X Seminary for college. Then was sent to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland for Theology. He was ordained on May 30, 1987, the 100th Anniversary of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. His assignments have been: St. Teresa in Lincoln for 2 years, Church of the Holy Spirit, Plattsmouth for 1 year, than appointed pastor of St. Mary’s in Dawson and St. Anne, Shubert, for 3 years, the past 8 years he was pastor of St. James, Trenton and Holy Family, Palisade. On June 17, 2001 he was assigned to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Superior and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nelson, Nebraska, where he was serving until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Louisa.
Survivors include his sisters, Kathleen Luther of Fremont, Nebraska, Polly Luther of Kearney, Nebraska and brothers, Douglas and wife Sandy of Fremont, Nebraska, and Eric of Kearney, Nebraska; niece, Brenda Kenkel and husband Roger, nephew Michael and great-niece Karley, Miracle and Caly, Korbin; other relatives and a host of friends.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday,
January 14, 2008 11:00 AM
OFFICIANT: The Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz Bishop of Lincoln
LOCATION: Cathedral of the Risen Christ, Lincoln, Nebraska
BURIAL: Calvary Cemetery, Lincoln, Nebraska
Rosary Services: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 7:00 PM Cathedral of the Risen
Christ, Lincoln, Nebraska
Visitation will be held on Sunday starting at 1:30 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Superior;and the Rosary Service will be at 3:00 PM also at the Church with a lunch to follow
Visitation: Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A. Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Megrue-Price Funeral Home is charge of local arrangements